Fashions for Proms

Wardrobe basic: Little black dress

Henry Ford may have said, "You can have any color as long as it's black," but it was Coco Chanel who transformed the black dress from a widow's uniform to a wardrobe basic. Here are 3 beautiful black cocktail dressesto refresh your wardrobe.

This sleeveless lbd(little black dress) creates a slim line and flows beautifully. The deep V neck, gold belt and tulip skirt hit current fashion trends, but this semi formal dress won't look dated next season.

And if black isn't your thing, no problem! This dress is also available in a rainbow of colors.

For an elegant lace black dress, try this striking empire waist beauty. The deep v mirrors on both back and front with a scalloped edge. There's something classic and current to the slim cut of this lbd. I love the way the lace wraps diagonally down the body, which also sets this lbd apart from the rest.

For a completely different interpretation, try alace lbd with a deep v back. This sleeveless, portrait neck charmer relies on a contrasting lining to show off the black lace. Choose emerald green (there's that trending color again!), silver or gold lining.

So many beautiful little black dresses! You can hardly wait for your next dance or party to wear one.

If you're in Paris this month (lucky you!), be sure to catch the fantastic black dress exhibit at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture.

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