10 Best Black Dresses from Luxe to Less


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The event invitation lands on your kitchen counter. You notice it and briefly worry about what to wear.  You are sure you have something in the wardrobe that would do.   It is only when you are hunting through the dusty ‘dress department’ of your closet that you realise it’s time to invest in a versatile black number that will see you through a multitude of events, dinners, dates and celebrations.

Of course I have got you covered! I made a wishLyst.  Yep,  Lyst have curated their selection from amazing sites all over the world and with one click you are ready to shop at Nordstrom, The Outnet , Asos or many, many more online stores.

After selecting my preferences in the sidebar Black + Evening + Cocktail,  I was all set. You can also select your price range and designers in the categories too.

Let’s look at the dresses shall we?


Lyst The Outnet $2000Emilia Wickstead Rio Taffeta Dress $2390 AUD approx

This gorgeous gown is at the luxe end of town to give you an idea of some of the higher end designs that Lyst curates on their site.

This dress would look insanely good on an hourglass or pear shape and can add lovely waist shaping to a slim rectangular shape too.


Lyst Diane Von $1300

Diane Von Frustenberg $1300 AUD Approx

This beautiful embroidered gown would suit those with bohemian tastes and will transcend trends with its flattering shape and amazing embellishments.

This will work best on those with a smaller bust who can go bra-less and let the dress do the talking.  For those with a larger bust black cami underneath could do the trick.   This empire line will suit any shape but will fall best on a taller figure due to the length of the dress.


Lyst Temperly $600

Temperly London Lace $646 AUD Approx

This dress is a classic style that won’t date.  The quality would be incredible and it’s half the retail price.  However, it is a BIG investment so you need to care for it.  With the average dress costing around $200 in the high street shops I would be willing to spend a little for a lifetime of wear.  Ok, I admit, I am smitten with this one.

The Back is stunning lace overlay and will look incredible on rectangles and hourglass shapes.  Inverted Triangles should avoid this style as it will draw attention to your shoulders.


Lyst plainP.A.R.O.S.H Short Dress $274

This style is simple and classic with a cute flared hemline.  This would suit a petitie frame and would even cross between evening wear and workwear.  A very versatile piece.

The shape of this dress will flatter inverted triangles as the skirt detail will balance shoulders. Pears and hourglass shapes will suit this style too.


Lyst The Outnet $247

IRO Embroidered Mini Dress $247 Approx

Sleeves add warmth while the mini lets your legs do the talking.  With our without stockings this is a knock-out dress.  The incredible textured pattern helps to disguise any lumps and bumps.

This dress will suit inverted triangles and rectangle shapes to a tee allowing you to show off your killer pins.


Lyst The Outnet $220

Theory Crepe Dress $220 AUD Approx

The belted detail on this classic cut dress accentuates the waist and creates symmetry between the top and bottom half.  The simple style would suit any occassion and could be dressed up or down.

The straight cut of this dress will suit rectangle shapes and inverted triangle shapes.  It will be a knockout on hourglass figures – just be sure to size up if you are busty to allow room for movement.


Lyst &Other Stories $180& Other Stories sequined Leopard Dress $164

A fabulous style with unique detailing.  This dress will make a statement without being overly dramatic. The leopard detail makes it such a unique piece. Wear with bare legs for maximum impact.

This is a dress for any shape.  It has a quirky style and would suit those with more alternate tastes.  It will work beautifully on both slim and fuller figures. 


Lyst The Outnet $166

Walter Baker Dress $166 Approx

This floral black dress injects a sense of personality to an otherwise simple dress. The floral print is striking but not over-bearing and could accommodate both dressy and casual functions.

The drop waist works well for those with a longer torso and lean hips.  This would sit well on an Inverted triangle shape as the gathering at the hips will add bulk to your slender lower half. 

Lyst Nordstrom $180 r

Ellen Tracey Crochet Sheath Dress $180 AUD Approx

The lace overlay makes this dress more appropriate for weddings and events


Lyst Cage SleevesAsos Shift with Cage Sleeves $64

A fab dress doen’t have to cost the earth! This sleek style is modern and stylish and the amazing cage sleeves add an edgy appeal to this whole look.

This dress was made for oval shapes but will suit rectangles too.  

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Which dress won your heart? Leave a comment below and tell me the dress that’s on your wish Lyst?

Happy Shopping . xo


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