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7 Alternatives to the LBD ...

By Jennifer

It used to be that the most versatile and best-loved article of clothing a woman’s closet was her favorite LBD (Little Black Dress). From garden parties to office meetings to formal weddings, the same LBD could be worn and admired. But nowadays, we girls don’t have to stick to the old stand-by LBD. We have choices, and here they are, 7 stylist alternatives to the LBD…

1 Glisten up Dress

Glisten up DressPrice: $73.99 at
Why settle for basic, bland black when there’s champagne and sparkle to go with it? The V in the front and back, along with the wide waistband, make this dress so flattering to all figures, and the overlay of sheer black lace gives it more style than one dress needs! Pair with a sparkly black choker or cameo, your favorite black pumps, and who needs that LBD?

2 Maeve “Sure Lock” Dress

Maeve “Sure Lock” DressPrice: $128.00 at
Most of us rely on our LBD because it’s neutral, and can be worn so many ways with so many of our beloved accessories. This lovely cream-colored dress is no different, with pairs of black buttons marching down the front and a pretty black bow on the left.


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3 RicRac “Rising Vapor” Dress

RicRac “Rising Vapor” DressPrice: $98.00 at
Lush taupe or smoky grey? Either way, pair with inky black heels and an armful of bracelets, and you’ll look divine. This dress is a keen alternative to the LBD — still versatile, still stylish, and still easy to dress up or wear casual. To dress up, pair with heels and a delicate wrap. To wear casually, tie a light sweat around your shoulders and carry a hobo bag.

4 Frankly, I Don’t Give a Dress

Frankly, I Don’t Give a DressPrice: $84.99 at
Why fade into the background in a LBD, when you can stand out in this gorgeous LRD (Little Red Dress)? You can still wear your best black shoes, and carry that slinky black patent clutch, but use them to add to your retro pin-up style in this red eyelet halter dress.

5 Windy City Dress

Windy City DressPrice: $64.99 at
Navy blue can be just as flattering and versatile as black… don’t believe me? Take a peek at this slinky chiffon dress, mock-neck and sleeveless and pretty in navy. I love the sneaky peephole back and the layers of floaty chiffon for the skirt… perfect for any occasion where you’d normally wear an LBD!

6 MinkPink “Space Odyssey” Mini Dress

MinkPink “Space Odyssey” Mini DressPrice: $88.00 at
Maybe you’re a little more bold and daring, stylish and chic. Flaunt your unique style in this futuristic metallic dress. It’s a mini, so you can also show off your legs, too, and it features a one-shoulder look. Pair with black ankle booties and a few chunky black bangles for a chic alternative to a standard LBD!

7 Maeve “Things and Joys” Dress

Maeve “Things and Joys” DressPrice: $128.00 at
It doesn’t matter that this dress isn’t black, really. It’s all in the details… the tiers of voile, the tidy pintucks, the lace insets. Choose from dark blue or creamy ivory, and accessorize with gold or silver jewelry and a pretty little clutch.

Choose one of these dresses and wear it instead of your LBD to your cousin’s wedding, or to that concert in the park. You’ll shine far more than those prissy missies in their boring black! Which of these alternatives to the LBD do you like best, and how would you wear it? Or do you have another dress you already wear instead? Please let me know!

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