18 of the best little black dresses


Open back dress, £95, & Other Stories. www.stories.com Autumn collections are flooding into your favourite stores. The most notable shift? After a three season hiatus, the LBD is back as the acme of sophisticated dressing. If August seems an odd time to be investing in the darkest hue, think back to Cannes in April where A-listers Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller showed just how stunning black looks in sunlight. There’s something perennially understated about black, as if the wearer is too confident to go for the easy hit of tits and ass. The other best thing about this season's LBD? Take a tip from the girls at Cannes and wear it now with strappy black sandals. Here are some of prettiest options I could fine. There are more coming in store all the time …. Recommendations welcome!

Pleated duchess satin dress, £1,405, Rochas. www.matchesfashion.com

Lace hem asymmetric detail dress, £679.66, No. 21. www.farfetch.com

Satin collar lace dress, £2,300, Dolce & Gabbana. www.matchesfashion.com

Black embroidered wool blend skater dress, £795, J W Anderson. www.harveynichols.com

Bell sleeve dress, £25.99, Zara. www.zara.com

One shoulder lace dress, £195, Whistles. www.whistles.com

Black and white silk dress, £455, Victoria, Victoria Beckham. www.harveynichols.com

Gathered cuff dress, £55, & Other Stories. www.stories.com

Macrame lace midi dress, £300, Self-Portrait. www.net-a-porter.com

Tatum wool and silk blend dress, £1,630, Roksanda. www.matchesfashion.com

Nightmarch Motif cotton dress, £417, Zimmermann. www.matchesfashion.com

Emil dress, £248.22, P.A.R.O.S.H. www.farfetch.com

Black checked jacquard maxi dress, £1,245, Maison Margiela. www.harveynichols.com

Kitson 3D Flowers dress, £149, Finery London. www.finerylondon.com

Black printed wool blend mini dress, 1,980.00, Alexander McQueen. www.harveynichols.com

Dress with gathered waist, £25.99, Zara. www.zara.com

Cut out pinto dress, £190, Reiss. www.reiss.com