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[[caption-width-right:220:Some accessories might be outdated, but not the dress.]]

->''"There's one thing you just can't beat / And that's a strapless backless classical little black dress..."''
-->-- "Little Black Dress", ''Film/ShockTreatment''

The Little Black Dress is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pretty much what the name implies]]: a simple, (usually) short black dress, with little to no trimming or decoration. Expect very few frills, ruffles, or sequins. It's also most often sleeveless, strapless, has spaghetti straps, cap sleeves, or a halter-style top. The effect is to make an impression of grand, yet simple style, that could fit the fashion in any decade since the early 20th century.

This dress was created during TheRoaringTwenties, when fashion was in a big upheaval compared with the decades before. UsefulNotes/CocoChanel came up with a dress that would work in any evening or formal occasion, and blend in through any decade since. An anecdote on where Chanel found inspiration on the dress is that while she was looking at [[FrenchMaid her maid]], she observed upon the simplicity of the uniform and tweaked it by removing the apron and the lace trimmings, leaving only the black part of the dress.

This versatility and ability to work with any shot made the dress immensely popular with Hollywood costume designers, which spread the dress's popularity around the world.

Despite how it seems, this isn't really the opposite of a PimpedOutDress (and may rarely even overlap with HappyHolidaysDress). It's just the pimping out is rare, to a lesser degree, and still done in a way that makes the dress last.

But not every style of this dress is guaranteed to last. Many such dresses from (stereotypically from TheEighties) are more likely to be an OutdatedOutfit.

Also, while it's true that the first thing that comes in mind for the dress is the one worn by Creator/AudreyHepburn in ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' (as the page image above), [[FandomBerserkButton do]] '''[[FandomBerserkButton NOT]]''' mention it as a Chanel creation made in 1926, like most fashion articles do. Though the concept of the Little Black Dress is Chanel's, the specific one Hepburn wore was created by Hubert de Givenchy in 1961.

Compare LadyInRed, WomanInWhite, PrincessesPreferPink, GracefulLadiesLikePurple, TrueBlueFemininity, FairytaleWeddingDress, SimpleYetOpulent, HighClassGloves.

Contrast FashionDissonance, IWasQuiteAFashionVictim.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Lust]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* Blue/Green (the girl) from ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' wore one, combined with white gloves, until the ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]'' arcs, when she was given a new outfit to match her game counterpart. She was based on an unused female protagonist for ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', who ended up being revamped for the remake games. Blue is a bit flirty but is a toned down variant due to her young age.
* Chane Laforet from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''.
* Nami and Robin wore Little Black Dresses in ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld''.
* Clare's outfit in the second volume of the ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' manga probably fits this trope.
* Mio from ''Manga/{{K On}}''. Which is funny, seeing as in the fandom she's a "[[LauncherOfAThousandShips little black dress]]"...
* Eve from ''Manga/{{Black Cat}}''.
* As well as her {{Expy}} Golden Darkness from ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' and her sister Mea Kurosaki .
* Kuugen Tenko in ''LightNovel/WagayaNoOinarisama'' dons one of these in episode 22. Bonus points in that she fights a [[WolfMan wolf woman]] while wearing it and doesn't even get it dirty!
* One-time villainess Eris from ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' had a Stripperific variation of this trope.
* Anna Kyoyama from ''Manga/ShamanKing''
* Yuno Gasai wears one of these in episode 19 of ''Manga/FutureDiary''.
* Shizuki and Yuzuki from ''Manga/HekikaiNoAion''. Shizuki wears a long one and Yuzuki wears a black MiniDressOfPower.
* Akari from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' wears black dresses with full-lengthed skirt as part of her "uniform" while working at Mikako's Ginza bar.
* In the manga of ''Manga/SoulEater'', BJ comes to Death City to find the spy or mole (rather than the anime version, where he came to [[spoiler:help build a Magic Tool]]). One of the people he needs to investigate is Marie Mjolnir, his ChristmasCake ex-girlfriend. She shows up to the interrogation in a slinky LittleBlackDress, which has about the desired effect.
-->'''BJ:''' Do...do you ''[[HotTeacher teach]]'' wearing that?

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ComicBook/JeanGrey has worn a few:
** Early into Chris Claremont's run on ''X-Men'', she wears one on a date with Cyclops. Since the date is ruined by Sentinels abducting her, she spends the rest of the storyline in it (forcing the dress to suffer an ActionDressRip from Wolverine), right up until she becomes / is empowered by / replaced by the Phoenix.
** One in ''Comicbook/XFactor'' #1 in a scene where she meets Scott again, and then declares she won't stand by with mutant hatred growing.
** Another was worn in #51-53. The dress is obviously not meant to keep warm in winter weather, so [[PrettyInMink she buys a fur coat]], a white one, to complement the dress.
* Gwen Stacy wears a jaw dropping version in ''ComicBook/SpiderManBlue''.
* The ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' villain Queen wears a beautiful seductive black dress in her debut issue and wears similar ones in the issues after it. She's both beautiful and [[KickingAssInAllHerFinery deadly]] wearing it, easily able to defeat Spidey several times.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://silverwingfox.deviantart.com/ Silverwingfox]] has drawn some pictures of Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon heroines in these dresses. [[http://silverwingfox.deviantart.com/art/In-the-Black-Yet-Again-213366755 Here]], [[http://silverwingfox.deviantart.com/art/In-the-Black-for-the-Last-Time-215300222?q=gallery%3Asilverwingfox%2F8638920&qo=9 here]], [[http://silverwingfox.deviantart.com/art/In-The-Black-Again-210047911?q=gallery%3Asilverwingfox%2F8638920&qo=14 here]], and [[http://silverwingfox.deviantart.com/art/In-The-Black-209479645?q=gallery%3Asilverwingfox%2F8638920&qo=15 here]].
* The pro wrestling story, ''A Ring Of Their Own'' has a scene where Wrestling/MichelleMcCool dons one and tries to seduce Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield in an effort to find out who her opponent will be in the opening round of the FWF's title tournament to crown their first champion. JBL doesn't bite.
* Tsuruya in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' has one, and she wears it to a movie. With Kyon, his sister and Miyoko.
* Twilight in ''[[FanFic/EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]]'' 'borrows' one, after stealing the perfect earrings.
-->''Ew, I got changeling splattered all over my new dress!''

* ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' has probably the most iconic example with Holly Golightly's dress, designed, like all of Audrey Hepburn's costumes for the film, by Hubert de Givenchy.
* While it's true that Chanel launched the LBD in 1926 in Paris, the film ''Film/{{It|1927}}'', starring Creator/ClaraBow in her modified work clothes, that [[http://glamourdaze.com/2016/03/screen-debut-of-the-little-black-dress-1927.html kickstarted the dress trend in Hollywood]].
* In ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'', Miranda has a couple dresses to wear for her date. Daniel in disguise tries to convince her to go with the older, and more frumpy, black dress, and it doesn't work.
* In the film version of ''Literature/TheFountainhead'', Dominique wears a dress, with [[PrettyInMink an ermine trimmed neckline]], to the opening party of Roark's first major building.
** In the Creator/DorisDay film, ''It's A Great Feeling'', Patricia plays herself in the film wearing that dress.
* Creator/NicoleKidman in ''Film/BatmanForever''.
* [[http://www.allmoviephoto.com/photo/2004_spiderman_2_003.html Kirsten]] [[http://img2.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/1/m/1mukyp9b9u2j9b2y.jpgin Dunst]] in ''Film/SpiderMan2''. [[http://heavyarmor.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/mj.png And 3]]
* DoubleSubversion in ''Film/TrueLies''. When told to "dress sexy", Helen puts on one with huge frills that seriously date it. Then she looks really hard in a mirror and [[RipTailoring rips the frills off as part of her impromptu self-makeover]], and the dress fit a more timeless style.
* In ''Film/ShockTreatment'', the [[{{SpiritualSuccessor}} "sequel"]] to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', there's a whole song about this trope called ''[[{{ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin}} Little Black Dress]]''.
* Angela in ''Angel-A'' wore one, looked ridiculously good in it
* Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in ''Film/{{Sabrina|1954}}''. It was actually designed by Hubert de Givenchy, but in a power grab, Paramount costume designer Edith Head took credit for all of the clothes worn in the film.
* In the first film adaptation, Literature/BridgetJones wears two such dresses in the film, each having to do with [[BettyAndVeronica Daniel and Mark]].
* {{Subverted}} in ''Film/TheDuff''. Bianca dressed in one to the party with intention to get the guy but exposed her to the concept of "DUFF" and get pissed off instead, and she (and her friends) fired up the sewing machine to mix and match the LBD with her black/red plaid T-shirt and created the dress she really shine in.
* ''Film/DearDiary'': Annie uses this exact phrase when seeing a black dress in a fashion store. At the end when her husband gets a look at it, it helps revive their stagnant sex life.

* There's an actual publishing company, specialising in ChickLit, called Little Black Dress Books. Including this trope in some form is probably a contractual obligation.
* Used as a metaphor in Creator/AlFranken's ''The Truth (with jokes)''. Al quotes a blogger who referred to the 9/11 attacks as "[[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bush's]] LittleBlackDress" -- just as the dress can be slipped on for any social occasion, the 9/11 attacks could be used as the justification for any policy he wanted to pursue.
* Nicci of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' wears one of these all the time. [[spoiler: It's symbolic of her unfeelingness and becomes associated with her being "Death's Mistress".]] In fact, when she's worried she might be recognized when she doesn't want to be, she wears a red dress and relies on her... [[MaleGaze assets]] to distract.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[http://www.businessweek.com/careers/workingparents/blog/archives/sex%20and%20the%20city.jpg Several]] [[http://fashiontribes.typepad.com/main/images/2007/05/26/sex_and_the_city.jpg publicity]] [[http://blog1.ebates.com/ebates/Sex%20and%20the%20City.jpg photos]] of the girls of ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', in addition to the numerous times they wore some in the show.
* The Little Black Dress is listed as one of the ten must-have fashion items in ''Tim Gunn's Guide to Style''.
* A character attempting to vamp Captain Sheridan on ''Series/BabylonFive'' wears an exact copy of Audrey's ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys'' classic black dress.
** Delenn does the exact same thing [[TheyDo much more successfully]]. Twice.
* One episode of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' had a trio of female crooks who robbed a jewellery store while dressed as Audrey Hepburn in ''Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys''.
* In the premiere of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy is shown holding up dresses in front of her to decide what to wear to the Bronze. Her comment on the black dress is "Hi, I'm an enormous slut!" Sure enough Buffy wears a little black dress while doing her notorious MatingDance with Xander the following year.
* Sarah Walker on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' wore more than her fair share both in the show, on the DVD covers, and in promotional material. Being played by Yvonne Strahovski, she wore them [[HelloNurse quite well]].
* Almost all the main female characters on ''Series/MadMen'' have worn a black dress at least one time during the series.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' often features versions of the LBD, the best example during the "Rumour Has it/Someone Like You" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO2tssJv5HY mashup]] in Season 3.
* [[Characters/SupernaturalDemons Dean's Crossroad Demon]] in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' always wears a sexy little black dress.
* Used practically in the first episode of ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''. The heroes run into a bearded fellow in a suit while he's committing a crime. Moments later, before leaving the scene of crime, the guy strips off "his" suit, beard, and wig, to reveal the show's new female antagonist in a LBD - which fit well under her disguise and didn't stand out in public.
* Series/FullerHouse : In the third episode, DJ wears a very tiny one.

* ''She was a long cool woman in a black dress...''
* "Oh, baby, you're a classic, like a little black dress..." - Fall Out Boy, Tiffany Blews
* "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" by Chris Young makes use of this trope.
* In the music video of Selena Gomez's "Round and Round", she wears a black dress under her trenchcoat.
* In the chalga song, "Moqt nomer" by Teodora & DJ Jerry "Little black dress next the skin / and hot body underneath"
* The second verse of "Since You Brought It Up" by James Otto:
-->You been lookin' for that little black dress
-->You found the perfect one today
-->Yeah it's just hangin' in the closet
-->You wanna wear it in the worst of ways
* Music/EdithPiaf always wore one on stage.
* Lena Meyer-Landrut won the Series/EurovisionSongContest in 2010 wearing one.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Rayna Von Tosh (first graduate of the Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} academy seen in Wrestling/{{WSU}}, Wrestling/{{Chikara}} and surrounding promotions) has worn a little black dress with red decorations, presumably to go with her pinup girl gimmick.
* Wrestling/BlackRose has wrestled in a little black dress on a few occasions. Besides fashion or {{fan service}}, it also doesn't stain much when her(or preferably, someone else's) blood gets on it. (the same reason Lady Demonique, Disiple, Monster Pain, etc wear black)

* The title character of ''Theatre/SweetCharity'' wears one of these. Exactly how long she wears it depends on the production, but in the original production she had it on for the whole show.

* The first collection of the {{Franchise/Barbie}} Basics was focused entirely on this, all the twelve dolls wearing some interpretation of the little black dress, with fashion packs consisting only on accesories, in order to adapt the dresses to different situations.
* In the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' toyline, the Pinkie Pie's Boutique [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2013/07/pinkie-pies-fashion-botique-finalized.html Fashion Style]] toy has a black minidress and headband.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Aya wears one when AtTheOperaTonight in the first ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''.
* Leaf from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. She never got to wear it outside of an official art though due to her not appearing until FRLG due to space shortages.
** Elite Four Karen in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''.
** Also one of the girls' clothing options in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
* One of Dizzy's pre-fight animation in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X''.
* A female Commander Shepard can wear two over the course of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series:
** In ''{{VideoGame/Mass Effect 2}}'', Commander Shepard gets a leather one that squeaks in Kasumi Goto's Loyalty Mission. Once finished, the dress becomes available as casual wear aboard the Normandy.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' offers a spaghetti strap little black dress as part of her casual wardrobe. This one even includes her [[IconicItem N7 logo.]]
* Rayne in ''VideoGame/BloodRayne 2'' begins the game in a black evening gown. Floor length with long slits up the sides and AbsoluteCleavage; the little fabric remaining is thin enough to cling skin-tight.
* Carmelita Fox from ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' has one that she wears when not suffering from LimitedWardrobe syndrome, most noticeably in [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second game]] when attending a lavish party, and during the ending cutscene of [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'': [[spoiler: Elaine gets one when she willingly becomes [=LeChuck=]'s [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette demon bride]] in Chapter 5, and this black bridal dress has all the elements of a PimpedOutDress.]]
* Either inverted or subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', where Luste Teuber actually wears little black underwear, fingerless elbow gloves, and ZettaiRyouiki.
** [[NaughtyNuns Lecht and Rink]] wear literal [[LittleBlackDress Little Black Dresses]] in the form of black nun attire.
* Lara Croft wears a very {{Fanservice}}y one of these during the Japan mission of ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend.''
* An item in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is pre-war singer Vera Keyes's black dress. A female Courier can wear it (and it gives very slight armour, too). Male Couriers end up with it transforming into a tuxedo. Somehow.
* The Boss can get one in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2''. Appropriate for a tasteful evening cruising downtown..in a sewage truck and firing a filth cannon.
* Several dresses in ''VideoGame/LoveNikkiDressUpQueen'' qualify, such as Enchanting Muse and Thrill. The flavor text for Enchanting Muse claims it "makes you become the Enchanting Muse on the dancing floor."

* In ''Webcomic/TheChapelChronicles'', the main character, [[http://chapelchronicles.com Chapel Smith]], wears a little black dress in almost every strip. Itís one of her fundamental characteristics.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', during the Grace's Birthday arc, Nanase gives Ellen a little black dress to wear. It's the first time Ellen, an OppositeSexClone of Elliot, has ever worn anything remotely feminine, and she's quite embarrassed by the ordeal.
* Most of the female cast of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' are good-looking, and several of them carry off [=LBDs=] with aplomb at times:
** [[HelloNurse [=DiDi=]]] [[http://www.ma3comic.com/d/20110312.html wears one]] for her date with Sandra.
** Wannabe FemmeFatale Sonya's use of the trope [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/the_real_woman is pretty much weapons-grade.]]
** Porn star Chanelle [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/i_am_not_picky knows how to wear one, too.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OutThere'', The little black dress is a favorite of both [[http://outthere.keenspot.com/d/20100828.html Miriam]] and [[http://outthere.keenspot.com/d/20081225.html Sherry]].
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', putting one on [[GagBoobs Monica]] [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/09242001/ results in]] DistractedByTheSexy.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* While usually not her style, in [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe's]] second episode of "Hotel Awesome", WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick wore a cleavage-happy, nicely fitting black dress to flirt with him. [[labelnote:Actually...]][[ManipulativeBitch ...to lull him into cleaning her toilet.]][[/labelnote]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop is iconic for her little black dress, though the Technicolor cartoons dyed it red.
* Donna from ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' wear this occasionally.
* ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'':
** Several in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman: The Animated Series]]'', given that Bruce hangs out around affluent people. Even Barbara Gordon has a mini one.
** Max from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' sports one while posing as a date for Terry during a stakeout. It's fetching enough that he even comments on it.
-->'''Terry:''' (''after a long pan up of her in the dress'') Never seen you in a dress before. (''grins'') You look good.
** In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', in order to get acquainted with society, WonderWoman decides to attend a formal ball, wearing a new, nice, black dress.
* Frankie from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' wore the LBD in three episodes for separate occasions: a dinner date ("Frankie My Dear"), a red-carpet movie premiere alongside Mac ("Ticket to Rod", although neither of them actually end up going) and a fund-raising party ("Fools and Regulations").
* Jez on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' wears one at all times as part of her LimitedWardrobe.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible wore one of these in "Emotion Sickness", to show that she's feeling a bit saucy towards Ron. It has since become a cornerstone in the show's fandom, eventually earning the FanNickname "The LBD".
* As of the website's first update in over a year and a half, ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom's'' heavily-expanded wardrobe (which originally consisted of a medium-sized black dress, which actually seems to have been pushed out of the picture entirely) includes such a dress.
* Also worn by Drew Saturday in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' episode "Guess Who's Going To Be Dinner" when she and Doc go on an anniversary date.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Lard of the Dance", Lisa dons one to get a date for the dance.