IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

The 13 little black dresses every woman should have in their closet

We love these!
/ Source: TODAY

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

The little black dress (aka the LBD) has made a name for itself for being extremely versatile, not to mention flattering.

After all, a good many of us have probably gone through the dance of trying on more colorful, detailed options only to revert back to the 'gold standard' before running out the door.

We've definitely been there, which is why we’re rounding up a variety of sleek, comfy, wear-several-times-a-week-without-anyone-noticing LBDs that will make getting ready easier and faster than ever before.

Read on as we break down seven LBDs every woman should have in her closet and offer up some of our own top picks along the way.

For everyday

ModCloth Two Ways, All Day Midi Dress in Black, $23 (normally $80), ModCloth


This versatile midi dress from ModCloth can be worn two ways: either free-flowing for maximizing comfort or cinched at the waist for maximizing curves. You can also switch up where you tie the bow for more variety.

Knit Wrap Midi Dress, $108, Nordstrom

This versatile midi dress from Felicity & Coco can easily go from carpool to brunch to PTA — and it will get here before Christmas if you order today!

For the office

Everly Twist Front Shirt Dress, $37 (normally $62), Nordstrom

This is a twisted take on the classic shirtdress. This style features a cool midi-length hem and a flattering knot at the waist.

Tome's Ware Women's Fitted Dress, starting at $12, Amazon

This classic midi dress would look great layered under a blazer or fun shawl. It's incredibly versatile and could definitely go from desk to date night.

Side Rouched Turtleneck Dress, $50 (normally $69), Nordstrom

This elegant turtleneck dress works for both work and play. The draping reverberates down the front and back, adding a little fit forgiveness to the body-con cut of a stretch-jersey dress.

Calvin Klein Sheath with Starburst Detail, $35, Amazon

Nothing says power like a sleek sheath dress. The discreet rouching along the waistline of this one in particular adds a fashion-forward touch without taking away from its sophistication.

For date night

Trouve Sheath Dress, $89, Nordstrom

If you’re looking to spice things up a bit, look no further than this LBD from Trouve. A ruched seam down the front sculpts the figure-skimming fit of this chic dress styled with an illusion neckline and sleeves.

PattyBoutik One Shoulder Dress, $35, Amazon

The one-shoulder trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon! This dress is classy and sophisticated while still being fashion-forward. It's cut in a flattering silhouette that's both slimming and a little flirty.

For girls night out

Rachel Roy Embellished Hem Shift Dress, $67 (normally $169), Spring


The embellishments along the bottom of this LBD from Rachel Roy just ooze fun. Plus, the shift dress cut is extremely flattering (read: loose) so you don’t need to worry about anything at dinner other than having a great time.

NSR Velvet Midi Slipdress, $68, Nordstrom

It may be hard to believe, but the '90s are back with a vengeance. This crushed velvet slip dress is the perfect fashion-forward piece to wear out with a group of girlfriends and dance the night away.

For cocktail hour

Vicabo Floral Lace Vintage Cocktail Dress, $19, Amazon

We love this cocktail dress because it's incredibly timeless and looks great on a woman of any age. The fit and flare silhouette is incredibly flattering, while the peekaboo lace is flirty and fun.

Connected Apparel Lace Cocktail Dress, $50, Amazon

This fun dress has a sparkly overlay that's both subtle and surprising.

For a formal affair

Heaven & Earth Plunge Neck Gown, $84, Nordstrom

A wedding is another event that can leave you spinning, or at least it could have until now. This v-neck gown from Heaven & Earth is the epitome of classic elegance, and is fitted with a mermaid flare for added mobility on the dance floor.

Want more? TODAY Style has rounded up our favorite white t-shirts, jeans and wardrobe basics every woman needs to have in their closet. Happy shopping!