Back to black: 10 Little Black Dresses you’ll love

20 October 2022
By Amberley Colby

Show some skin this party season in a Little Black Dress.

Image: Ellis Label

While vibrant ‘dopamine dressing’ has been all the rage this season, there’s nothing quite like a Little Black Dress. Popularised by Coco Chanel in the 1920s as a modern take on a black evening gown, the LBD is a universal symbol of great taste and class. Nothing says summer like showing a little skin, and with temperatures on the rise, there’s no better time to invest in a new LBD. 

Aje Arles Off the Shoulder Mini Dress

No one does a mini quite like Aje. Amongst the array of bold colour in their latest collection ‘Sculptura’, you’ll find this effortlessly chic ensemble. With elegant pleats and a bubbled neckline, this off-the-shoulder number is sure to turn some heads.

Aje Arles Off Shoulder Mini Dress, $550.

Ellis Label Freya Dress

Loved for their sustainable made-to-order collections, local brand Ellis Label have perfected the versatile LBD. Cut in a lightweight cotton, this style features a boxy bodice and ruched skirt that can be dressed up or down with ease.

Ellis Label Freya Dress, $309.

Wynn Hamlyn Helix Mini Dress

An industrial reworking of a classic ‘bodycon’ dress, this mini by homegrown favourite Wynn Hamlyn clings flawlessly to the form, showing off the perfect amount of midriff. Gone are the days of sacrificing comfort to achieve an hourglass silhouette

Wynn Hamlyn Helix Mini Dress, $595.

Zara Mini Dress with Draped Detail

Looking for your next party dress with a bit of va va voom? Zara’s draped detail mini dress features a figure-hugging ruched material and sultry v-neck that will have all eyes on you at your next event. 

Zara Mini Dress with Draped Detail, $85.90.

Christopher Esber Polar Orbit Ruched Shawl Mini Dress

Slinky and sexy, this playful mini is complete with the brand’s signature brass hardware and a plunging keyhole neckline, making it the perfect option to show off some skin.

Christopher Esber Polar Orbit Ruched Shawl Mini Dress, $690.

Ruby Lillie Minidress

Ideal for those hot and humid summer days, this 100% ramie voile dress by Ruby will keep you cool and dry while looking chic. Whether you’re off to brunch or evening drinks, this versatile LBD is a wardrobe must.

Ruby Lillie Minidress, $289.

Caitlin Crisp Marsden 2.0 Mini

This mini is an enduring style of Caitlin Crisp, and it’s easy to see why. Featuring adjustable bow shoulder straps and cotton-spandex blend fabric, this simple style optimises both function and fun.

Caitlin Crisp Marsden 2.0 Mini, $235.

Cos Contrast-Panel Mini Dress

A modern iteration of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress, this flouncy, free mini oozes timeless sophistication. Dress it up with a pair of bright platform heels for a bit of colour or a tailored blazer for a more corporate look.

Cos Contrast-Panel Mini Dress, $240.

Jonathan Simkhai Katharine Cutout Mini Dress

For those wanting to splurge a little on their next LBD, we’ve got you covered. Get in the party mood with this Jonathan Simkhai mini, embellished with diamante embroidery and cheeky cut-outs.

Jonathan Simkhai Katharine Cutout Mini Dress, $1,139.

Zimmermann Ruched Tulle Peplum mini dress

Make an entrance at your next event in this standout mini by Australian label, Zimmermann. As the year draws to a close and our social calendars begin to fill up, nothing says party like a bit of tulle.

Zimmermann Ruched Tulle Peplum Mini Dress, $1,182.


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