5 Chic Black Dresses for Every Fashionista

By Kelsey Mulvey for Modern Muse

If 2017 was the year of millennial pink everything, 2018 is all about going back to black. The little black dress (aka LBD) has been a wardrobe staple since Audrey Hepburn donned one in Breakfast at Tiffany's, but these days it's so ubiquitous that it's often considered "dull" or "safe."

But this year's Golden Globes and BAFTA ceremonies proved that black can be anything but boring. The red carpets were full of A-list actresses who sported the dark hue in honor of Time's Up, a movement raising money to support those who have experienced sexual harassment, abuse, or assault in the workplace. A sea of feathers, sparkles, and inventive silhouettes, the LBD has received a strong — and indisputably stylish — makeover.

Want to add this trend to your closet? Here are five standout styles for every type of fashionista.

For the Femme Fashionista

Sugar, spice, and everything nice — a femme fashionista's look skews more sweet than sultry. This year, trade in your lace frocks for Ted Baker's cute style ($259). The dramatic ruffled necklace commands attention, but offers a feminine flair. Keep this look as ladylike as possible with a bold red lip, neat chignon, and your favorite pumps.

For the Glam Goddess

Any glamazon will agree that more is more, which is why we're loving this L'Agence dress from Saks Fifth Avenue ($1,095). Though this stunner boasts a simple silhouette, its serving of sequins makes it a sight for sore eyes. Crank up the drama with strappy sandals, a smoky eye, and lots of hairspray. Admittedly, it's the most expensive of the pack, but if you want to command attention at your next cocktail party (and many more to come), this investment will pay for itself.

For the Smoldering Stunner

Looking for a knockout number for date night or girls' night out? Pick up this slinky Kenneth Cole number ($75.95) from Bloomingdale's. The luxe fabric will feel sensually smooth against your skin, plus the plunging neckline and subtle slit leaves just enough to the imagination. It's the kind of dress we'd expect a modern, fashion-forward Bond girl to wear, so you can leave the accessories at home and still be the hottest girl at the party. Warning: Kenneth Cole's spicy style isn't for sartorial wallflowers, so confidence is your biggest asset.

For the Minimalist

They say the devil lies in the details, but when it comes to minimalism, simplicity reigns supreme. If you're in the market for a style that is truly timeless, feast your eyes on Dries Van Noten's sleek slip dress from Barneys ($850). This dress may not have all the bells and whistles of the other frock on this list, but, thanks to its airy silhouette, it'll become your go-to dress for just about any occasion. Go ahead, relish in your friends' jealous "where'd you get that?" inquiries.

For the Tomboy

Of course, not every trendsetter is a dress and stilettos kind of girl. Embrace your inner tomboy and switch up the LBD for this relaxed jumpsuit from Free People ($99.95). Perfect for cool girls on the go, this option can take you from day to night in a snap. The flared legs will look effortlessly chic with a chunky sweater and high-tops during the day, but can easily be swapped for a leather jacket and heeled booties come nightfall.