The 5 little black dresses every woman needs

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While we love experimenting with new season colours and trends, there's nothing better than the little old faithful little black dress, or as we like to call it, the LBD.

The beauty of the LBD is its ability to wow at any occasion, whether it be at a party, in the boardroom or for easy, off-duty style. Invest in a piece from our pick of the most contemporary yet classic options and you're sure to wear it forever...

The Mini

With a hemline above the knees, you may be hesitant to pull your old mini dress out of the closet, but with the right cut and style it's the perfect pick for any occasion.

We love this sleeveless flounce hem shift dress from VB by Victoria Beckham - the round neck and peplum-style hem add movement and balance out the length of the dress. Pair with heels to flatter long dress or dress it down with tights, ballet pumps and even a cosy jumper.

VB by Victoria Beckham, £495; Available at Fenwick Newcastle


The Feminine Frock

Flatter any figure with a feminine lace-panel piece such as the Delphina Lace Panel Dress from Coast.

The full-length sheer sleeves and A-line skirt add subtlety to the lace panelled bodice, making it the perfect dinner party pick.

Coast Delphina Lace Panel Dress, £139; Available at Bentalls Bracknell and Brent Cross

The Flattering Fit

No matter which feature you're hoping to highlight, a sleek silhouette is the most flattering shape for any figure.

Add a modern twist to a functional piece by choosing a bandage dress, such as the Kerry Bandage Jersey Dress from Whistles. The panelled, bodycon style and soft stretch fabric is a versatile wardrobe staple, and can be paired perfectly with heels and a clutch for an evening look or oxfords and a simple necklace for a more off-duty approach.

Whistles Kerry Bandage Dress, £95; Available at Fenwick Canterbury

The Desk-to-Dinner Dress

No time to change when the clock strikes 5? Fear not - with a chic and sophisticated crepe shift dress like the monochrome Shelly Tipped Dress from Coast, you can take your look from desk to dinner in no time.

The contrast trim and delicate frills highlight curves, meaning all you need is a quick makeup touch-up and you're good to go no matter where the night may take you.

Coast Shelly Tipped Dress, £119; Available at Bentalls BracknellFenwick Windsor and Brent Cross

The Gatsby Gown

Every girl needs a party dress, so why not channel Daisy Buchanan, who attended some of the greatest parties in history?

A layered 1920s-style black dress is effortless and easy-to-wear, and paired best with all black accessories - think chunky sandals.

One of our favourites this season is Tibi's Stretch Faille Feather Layered Dress, beautifully embellished with wispy feathers that move as you do. 

Tibi Resort Double Layer Dress, £579; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

By Alison Millington