12 Little Black Dresses That Are Anything But Boring

Ladies mags have been trumpeting the Little Black Dress since before Holly Golightly paired hers with a croissant, but we're really beginning to think that our plain black strapless sheaths are looking about as old as our Breakfast at Tiffany's VHS tapes. But while we're thinking of retiring Old Faithful, we still like the idea of the LBD, so we've been on the hunt for some quirkier variations on the classic. Still little and black, we've found dresses that have a little more pizazz to them, be it a strong shoulder, asymmetrical styling or a surprising pop of color. Click through for 12 of our favorite black party dresses .
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Above, from left: Carin Wester Korina Dress, $222, available at Pixie Market; 3.1 Phillip Lim Trompe L'Oeil Sequin Dress, $675, available at La Garçonne; Vena Cava Faerie Dress, $265 (was $530), available at Shopbop.
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Above, from left: Alexander Wang Draped Satin-Jersey Dress, $650, available at Net-A-Porter; Silence & Noise Strong Shoulder Dress, $58, available at Urban Outfitters; Neurotica Origami Reflect Dress, $158, available at Oak.
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Above, from left: Karen Walker Twist Front Dress, $396, available at Forward by Revolve; Yaya Aflalo Beaded Private Dress, $572, available at Chick Downtown; Alice + Olivia Puff Sleeve Dress, $242, available at Alice + Olivia.
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Above, from left: T by Alexander Wang One-Shoulder Stretch Dress, $95, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Velvet Liz Dress, $76 (was $152), available at Shopbop; Alexander Wang Slinky Dress with Burnout Velvet, $294 (was $420), available at Opening Ceremony.
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