The Proverbial Little Black Dress

Scoff if you like, but having one is eminently practical. At first glance, these look similar, but check fabric, silhouette, neckline and sleeves.

Strapless     left to right

Fernanda Strapless Midi Dress by Ramy Brook: Satin Charmeuse  Asymmetric hemline Ties at the waist Pleats 50% off at $312.50

Embellished Mesh Strapless Midi-Dress by Mac Duggal: bead-embellished midi-dress features an A-line silhouette and a strapless neck Back-zip closure 100% polyester $798.00

Faille Strapless Dress by Amsale: Foldover bandeau neck Pleated skirt  Side seam pockets Back zipper and hook closure 100% polyester $440.00

Shoulder Interest     left to right

Influential Tie-Shoulder Midi-Dress by Elliatt: Fitted silhouette with a notched sweetheart neckline. Removable tie-shoulder details Square back Concealed back-zipper closure 70% viscose/25% nylon/5% spandex $240.00

The Sandra Dress by Sachin & Babi:  48″ Long   Back Zipper  4-Way Stretch Crepe  100% Polyester One shoulder drape with partial bow $425.00

Asymmetric Velvet Cocktail Dress by Donna Karan New York:  Asymmetric neck  Long sleeves Ruched bodice Straight hem Side zip closure  50% polyester/ 50% elastane-spandex Lining: 100% polyester $495.00

Sleeves     left to right

Origami Sleeve Dress by Badgley Mischka:  Straight neckline Short sleeves Back slit Concealed back zip closure Polyester $465.00

Legacy Structured Midi-Dress by Zhivago: Structured shoulders. Back slit    Deep V-neck Long sleeves Back-zipper closure Figure hugging  95% polyester/5% elastane Self-lined $550.00

Metallic Midi Dress by Norma Kamali:  Crewneck Drop shoulders  Long sleeves  Pullover style Fishtale skirt 95% polyester/5% spandex $245.00

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