Get The Look: Little Black Dresses

11/01/2006 at 06:01 PM ET

It’s the classic linchpin of a woman’s wardrobe — casual or fancy, the little black dress is perfect for every occasion. But finding the right one that marries fashion and functionality, trend and timelessness can be trickier than it seems. And of course, putting your own fashion fingerprint on it is essential. We love that Rachel Bilson (left) paired a tough leather jacket with her sweet and swingy Dolce & Gabbana for a fresh and unique take. Inspired by this and other trends in our Little Black Dress Gallery, we picked a few of our favorites for sale online. Click through to shop all the hottest little black dresses.
THE COVER-UP (as seen on Rachel Bilson, left)
We may not be able to afford her exact dress, but you can get Rachel’s look with this $50 frock from J.C. Penney and cropped leather jacket, like this faux-leather blazer from Target, $30.

To see even more LBDS, check out our gallery by clicking here or pick up our Winter 2006 Stylewatch issue, on newstands now.

Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/DMIPhoto

THE CLASSIC (as seen on Jennifer Aniston)
Strapless dresses highlight toned arms and shoulders– show off yours in this Kay Unger dress, $388 or this Newport News jersey dress, $29

THE MINI (as seen on Mischa Barton)
Got great legs? Bare them in a mini just like Mischa’s at or try a little more sparkle at Fredericks, $59.

THE NEW VOLUME (as seen on Jacinda Barrett)
Comfort and style? We love the look of this trapeze-shape dresses– try a floral twist from Marc by Marc Jacobs, $328, or go short with this Milly silk dress, $222.

THE SEQUINED SHIFT (as seen on Diane Kruger)
Not ready to bare arms? Cover up in shimmering sequins with this Pearl minidress, $395.

THE ONE SHOULDER (as seen on Jessica Biel)
These goddess gowns are simply divine! Try this steal from Yank, $44, or splurge on this slinky version from Karen Zambos, $178.

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Mackenzie on

I love this dress! it’s fun and flirty and looks like it would be great for a night out on the town with your friends! Great Choice!!!

rachel on

although i would not wear this dress myself, it looks great on rachel! good choice!

Sandra on

I agree with rachel, It’s a beautiful dress but I wouldn’t wear it myself.

Allison Stevens on

i would personally never wear it! but on her it looks great!! it fits great and has a classic and modern look!!!

Linda on

simply GORGEOUS!

AnnieM on

Faux-leather from Target? I don’t think so.

Beth on

I am always surprised at the people who comment on these things, and their lack of understanding reality. Not everybody lives in Los Angeles or the O.C. Most people live on average incomes and live in the suburbs, and WORK, instead of driving around Mercedes Benz and spending mommy and daddy’s money. “Faux leather from target” is a much more realistic purchase than spending $300 on a real leather coat from a fancy store. Plus, it looks the same, and a cow didn’t have to die to make it. And Rachel Bilson looks gorgeous. If no one had pointed it out, everyone would just assume she spent a ton of money on this outfit from some shop on Rodeo Drive! It makes sense to spend less and look just as great as you would if you spent $800 instead of $80.

AnnieM on

Beth – I live on the East coast, support myself and my father is deceased – so no living off his cash. My point is, I’ll do without before I by faux anything from Target.

AP on

Cute dress! Good for you Beth, I so agree! I’m glad there are other people out there that WORK on a average income and don’t have a problem buying clothes from Target!

shelly on

she looks beautiful i love the black dress

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