The Must Have Staple- Little Black Dress

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The LBD Report

Written By Sheila Hui.

The LBD (or little black dress) is the staple for fashionistas of all kinds. It’s ever-changing yet always timeless and simply relevant for social events of every type. We just can’t get enough! If you’re anything like us shopaholics here at Haute Appetite, your closet is bursting at the seams with all sorts of LBD’s. We’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite must-have LBD’s to wear from running errands during to the day to the swankiest black tie affair at night.

Day Time

Crew Short Sleeve Cotton Shirt Dress

This J. Crew dress is the perfect easy casual day time dress. Structured and chic with just the right amount of preppy, it’s ideal for getting all your day errands done without looking sloppy. We love it paired with flat mules or clean white sneaker for an effortless cool look.

Madewell Open Back Midi Dress

Cinched waist? Check. Elegant tea length hem? Check. Subtly sexy open-back cut out? Check. This Madewell dress is universally flattering in every way. It’ll make you feel feminine and flirty just lovely. And who doesn’t want that?

Otte New York Ellen Dress

High to low hems are not only breathable, but flattering as well. We’re loving this Otte New York frock with its effortless and flowy shift shape and flouncy hemline. A great option that goes from day to night as well depending on what shoes and accessories you pair with it. Win, win.


Anthropologie Blaise Dress

Black is the perfect blank canvas for embellishment and we just love how the intricate embellishment shines through on this Anthropologie number. The eye-catching bodice pairs beautifully with the full tulle skirt and will have you feel like you’re floating through the party on a couture cloud.

Top Shop Cold Shoulder Cape Midi Dress

This curve-hugging cape-sleeved number is va-va-voom sexy while also being totally regal. You’ll be confidently strutting all over the party as if it were a runway in this gorgeous Topshop creation. Plus, it’s totally a steal at under $100!

Ms. Min Ruffled Strapless Dress

Yes, this one is a little on the pricey side but hear us out! The ladylike silhouette is flattering without being overtly sexy. We have mixed feelings about peplum but we think it’s at its best with this tiered design. The imported Italian fabric will have you feeling like the belle of the (cocktail) ball.


Stone Cold Fox Derek Dress

Cali brand Stone Cold Fox is the epitome of boho chic style. This LBD is no exception with its relaxed yet sexy style. We’re loving the double slits and tie closure at the front leaving it just slightly demure. You’ll definitely be feeling foxy in this racy little number.

Express Sheer Ribbed Midi Slip Dress

Not all party dresses have to be minis! Case and point: this midi slip from Express. Simple and still sultry, this finely ribbed number is ideal for a night out in the warm summer breeze. A longer hemline (partially sheer) hemline gives you more coverage while still being cheekily demure.

Club Monaco Turtleneck Mini Dress

The mock turtleneck collar adds a sophisticated touch to this mini. The voluminous body paired with its forgiving jersey material make for an easily wearable dress perfect with heels for glamorous touch.


Marchesa Notte Metallic Lace Dress

No one does evening wear quite like Marchesa. This intricately detailed black and subtly gold lace dress is delicately feminine in the most luxurious way. We’re loving the scalloped off-the-shoulder top and trumpet hem. It’s truly black at its most romantic.

BCBG Dries One Shoulder Gown

This simple one-shouldered gown is simple and stunning. It’s all about the details with its draped overlay and subtle pleats. Add your own signature touch to it with as little or as many accessories as you want. Voila!

Self-Portrait Lace and Crepe Mini Dress

Unique is the only way to describe this Self-Portrait tea-length dress by Self Portrait. The signature guipure lace bodice looks like it could hang in an art gallery and the femininely ruffled hemline screams sophisticated. Be prepared to stand out like no other.


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