While sequins and sparkle may be on your wish list, a little black dress (aka LBD) is the one dress in your wardrobe that you can always count on to be appropriate. This season is no different. From trendy to classic, here's a look at the LBDs that should be hanging in your closet.

With every season, there's a new trend when it comes to dresses. There's the mini dress, the maxi dress, the A-line, the sheath... and then on top of the different silhouettes that come and go, there are also the many colors that they come in. We've seen everything from neon green and pink to classic colors like red and purple. But despite all these fashion trends, one thing remains the same: The little black dress is a wardrobe staple.

The origin of the little black dress can be traced back to the 1920s and designer Coco Chanel that told the world that every woman should have an LBD in her wardrobe to dress up and down. The secret to the LBD is not just finding the right dress but picking one that can last you for years at a time and is not so trendy that it looks outdated the next season.

The A-line

The A-line dress silhouette is fitted on the top half of the dress and at the waist it flares to create an "A" shape. Also known as a fit-and-flare dress style, this silhouette is the most universally flattering for women of all shapes and sizes. For those with an hourglass, pear-shaped or plus-size figure, the A-line covers those trouble spots below the waist and creates a slimming illusion. The A-line dress typically hits mid-thigh and when worn with heels, it can lengthen and slim the legs as well. The simple A-line LBD will never go out of style and you can dress it up or down with trendy accessories and jackets to keep the look of the dress fresh each season.

A-line little black dresses

The sheath

Classic and slimming, the sheath dress hugs the body tight but isn't clingy. Most people will think of this LBD as reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn's black dress matched with a pearl necklace in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The sheath dress silhouette gives the illusion of curves for those with a slim figure and enhances the curves of those with an hourglass figure. Worn with a blazer, the sheath LBD is a great dress for work meetings and for happy hour, swap the blazer for a bold statement necklace and an envelope clutch for a perfect day-to-night transition. Each of these LBDs is simple but adds just enough small detail with ruching and cutouts to add interest but not look dated.

Sheath style little black dresses

So while it may be tempting to go with a dress with a ton of detail like lace, bead embellishments and shimmer, in the long run it won't be the LBD that will last you a lifetime. Keep your LBD simple and you'll be sure to always have something to wear and just change out your accessories as the occasion arises.

More on fashion trends

French fashion tips for the American woman
Fall fashion tips on a budget
How to wear mixed metals

Topics: