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My Favorite Little Black Dresses for Women in Midlife

(Last Updated On: September 6, 2019)

Black has always been the go-to color in my wardrobe, particularly during my 25 year banking career. There is something classy, classic, timeless and stylish that has always drawn me in.

So, I thought it would be fun to create a list of my favorite perfect little black dresses for women over 50. There are some adorable little black numbers out there that are perfect for the younger set. However, there are some things, fashion being one, that need to be modified just a bit as we age. At least in my world they do.

Fashion is such an individual choice, though. We all have our unique style voice. So like any other blogger who is going to talk about fashion, you’re going to see my perspective on the Little Black Dress. While I’m not a fashionista, I do enjoy putting together stylish outfits for women of the midlife persuasion as well as cute and casual styles for all women.

When it comes to the little black dress specifically, my first thought goes to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, shown below. By the way, the feature image on this post is not Ms. Hepburn. I love the tribute to her, though, with the hair, outfit and overall vibe of the photo.

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History of The Little Black Dress

We have to go back to 1920’s to find the origin of this iconic style of dress, to Parisian designer Coco Chanel specifically.

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A simple black dress made of crepe de Chine was published by Vogue in 1926. The dress was accessorized with a string of pearls, and was dubbed ‘Chanel’s Ford’. That meant it was an accessible, simple style for all women, not just those with means.

Vogue commented that this dress and style would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste’. Well, they were certainly accurate in that prediction!

Because the dress was first released during the Great Depression, clothing that was affordable was essential. As textiles and fabrics were rationed during the war, the simple black fabric and dress was instilled as the stylish outfit of choice.

After the war, the style and look of the little black dress was further cemented by designer Christian Dior, and the rest is history.

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My Favorite Perfect Little Black Dresses for Women Over 50

My Perfect Little Black Dress as a woman over 50 from Target

Flash forward to today, 2019, and this iconic style is still going strong. If you do a Pinterest search you’ll find gazillions of little black dress styles, from classic to casual, from simple to styled for a night out on the town, and everything in between.

My favorites were sourced from a variety of vendors and have a wide range of price points. I realize that not everyone shops at Target, nor do we all frequent Ralph Lauren creations. So I have a little something for just about every budget for woman in midlife.

One of the aspects I love about black in fashion, and the classic little black dress specifically, is it’s slimming properties. No matter our shape, ladies, we can all look stylish and stunning in black. I don’t look too shabby in the photo above, right? This is just a simple, lined sleeveless dress with a zip back and a slight gather in the center front, and I found it at Target.

Okay, here are my favorite perfect little black dresses for women over 50, a little black dress for a 60 year old, or really at any age.

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Long Sleeve Ribbed Midi Dress

Back in the 90’s I had a dress very similar to this one, except it had the big, padded shoulders (remember those?) and was a bit longer. I LOVED that black dress and wore it until the fabric pilled and basically fell apart.

This version is a rayon/poly/spandex blend pullover, machine washable. Love it! Current price $33 from Target.

 
 
 
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Textured Sateen Sheath Dress

I love the classic style of this lined sateen sheath dress, with princess seams in the front and back (always makes for a slimming effect). Current price $90 from Talbots.

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Sleeveless Fit and Flare Dress from Polo Ralph Lauren

Sleeveless V-neck pull on classic little black dress in a viscose/nylon blend. Current price $298 from Ralph Lauren.

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Calvin Klein Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress

Unique bell sleeves and boat neckline create the drama with this style, offered in poly/spandex blend. Current price $90 at Macys.

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Short Sleeve Split-V Neck Preston & York Blake Dress

Classic little black dress styling with short sleeves, a split-V neck, hidden back zipper and stretchable poly/rayon/spandex blend. Dress it up for the evening or keep the classic, simple look for business or daytime. Love this look! Current price $89 at Dillards.

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Sleeveless Summer Knit Dress

Keep that little black dress relaxed and swing-y with this soft jersey knit/rayon/spandex blend. It has an empire waistline with faux-surplice styling. I can just see it flowing gracefully as you walk. Current price $50 at LL Bean.

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Malta Tie-Waist Dress

The tie waist detail of this little black dress draws attention to the waistline, and the wrap effect provides even more stylish drama. If your waistline is up to the exposure, this is a really cool dress! Current price $138 at Anthropologie.

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Off the Shoulder Dress

I had to include one off the shoulder in the list of my favorite little black dresses for women in midlife! Some of us still have necks, backs and shoulders that are flauntable, so why not? I love the two-tiered flounce, double pockets and the full lining of this 100% polyester dress. Very cool. Current price $118 at Banana Republic.

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Gypsy Rose Sheath Dress

Very stylish classic little black dress with a modified V-neck, padded shoulders (how ’bout that?), mid-knee length with a back vent and concealed back zipper. Fully lined. Current price $375 at Bloomingdales.

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3/4 Sleeve Black Label by Evan Picone

Soft jersey fabric with 3/4 length sleeves and a side ruffle give this sheath dress an updated style, perfect for an evening out.

Did you find the perfect little black dress for your lifestyle and fashion preferences? I’ve got my eye on a few of them!

Whatever you decide, this iconic style is going to be with us for a long, long time!

Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger


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55 COMMENTS

  • Great collection of LBD’s Candi and I just love the last one. I’ve had an LBD for about 15 years. I don’t wear it often but it is such a classic style it hasn’t dated and I feel great whenever I wear it. Don’t forget to link up this week at Midlife Share the Love Party it is now live!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Sue, I think many of us have a LBD that sits quietly in our closets until we need it, then always looks just right. As always, thanks for stopping by.

  • Jo

    I love love love Audrey Hepburn’s style and although she is so beautifully slim and I’m not, we can still take a little inspo from her, can’t we πŸ™‚ The little black dresses you’ve chosen to feature are gorgeous. I’m hard pushed to choose just one. And there’s nothing more flattering is there really than an LBD – for so many occasions.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Jo, I agree that an LBD is such a versatile piece of our wardrobe. We may not look like Audrey H. but we’ll be stylin’ just the same πŸ™‚

  • Cathy

    I Love a beautiful sheath. That one from Talbots is calling my name!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I do, too! Thanks for stopping by Cathy, maybe you should answer that call! πŸ™‚

  • Angela

    Love the long sleeved midi! It’s modest while still looking fashionable which is a rare combination it seems.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes! I love that style!

  • Jocelyn

    I love the Malta tie-waist from Anthropologie! So cute yet simple. Fun read, and I especially like that you included the history of the little black dress!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Jocelyn, I thought readers might enjoy knowing how the iconic style came about. πŸ™‚

  • Terri

    I agree! Classic pieces like a LBD are necessary! I bought my latest one online and was disappointed in the fabric, but the price was so low I HAD to try it. The LBD I bought before that one, I found on the Target clearance rack! I still love it.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I’ve had really good experiences with clothes from Target, too.

  • Melina

    Love your style 😊

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thank you!

  • Christa

    Great post! I’m inspired to do a litttle shopping. πŸ˜€

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      That’s great, have fun!

  • Stacey

    Love this post! The dresses are beautiful, but I think I love the Ralph Lauren sleeveless flare the most for me. I can always use help in this area of my life. In fact, I don’t think I have a little black dress that fits me at the moment. I will address this soon!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hopefully you’ll come back here for a visit when it’s time for that LBD!

  • Ashley Reese

    These are such pretty dresses! Thank you for sharing!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Ashley πŸ™‚

  • Kristi Ann

    These dresses are all classics!! I really love the off the shoulder dress! Gorgeous!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, it is quite dramatic! Thanks!

  • Christa

    These are all so cute! I love how versatile they are. Great for any occasion.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, you can dress them up or down, they are all classic styles πŸ™‚

  • Verla

    It is always difficult to find a little black sleeveless dress. So great to know Target is the place to go. Love the selection. And I want one you are wearing lol.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I love my LBD – the price was awesome at less then $30, it’s fully lined and you would never guess it came from a discount store!

  • Heidi

    I love all of these options and I think any age could wear these!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I think you’re right, Heidi, the styles are timeless.

  • Gail

    Great choices for every body type!!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Gail, I try to find styles that are appealing to all ages and different body types, as we are certainly all unique!

  • I love LBD, it is like the fail proof dress for any occasion if we don’t have plan for getting new dress.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Absolutely, you can never go wrong with a LBD!

  • Sarah

    I love sheath dresses in any color, but black is definitely my favorite. It slims and I always feel comfortable in it! (The picture of you is gorgeous, by the way!)

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thank you, Sarah!

  • Rae

    These are some great dresses.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Rae, they are timeless classics πŸ™‚

  • Monica

    Every woman needs an LBD in their closet. Lucky for me I have several.They are so elegant, slimming, and just classic.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, it’s an essential part of any wardrobe!

  • Carmen

    I never wear dresses anymore, but now I’m thinking about what style black dress I need… πŸ™‚

  • Candi Randolph
    AUTHOR

    Well, you never know… a LBD could come in handy! πŸ™‚

  • Melanie

    You can’t go wrong with a little black dress. I love that yours have so much personality! All great options!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      thanks so much, Melanie!

  • Holly Bird

    Beautiful Post! Everyone needs a little black dress!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, I agree, Holly! I love mine πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    Great post. I especially loved the little snippet of history about the little black dress.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Sarah, I like to add a bit of history and background when I can!

  • Lisa

    Great post! Of course the dress I liked best was the most expensive. Thanks for the great ideas.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I always do the same…we must have great taste! πŸ™‚

  • That is quite a collection of dresses that you’ve put together, Candi. They are all truly beautiful. I don’t wear dresses often but when I do, I love color. I’m probably the only woman I know who doesn’t have an LBD!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Well, we are all unique and choose to wear what makes us feel good! Thanks for stopping by, Wendy

  • Carly

    What a great collection! I love the Malta Tie one, that would be really flattering on those of us who are a little more plump. I like that little knot!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, it has beautiful lines, and I love the peplum look to it, too!

  • Flossie McCowald

    I love all your selections! And they are all much more appropriate for the mid-40s woman I now am than my various 20-something versions of the LBD that are still somewhere in my wardrobe…

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Yes, our preferences (and our bodies!) change as we mature, that’s for sure!

  • Erin

    I love the fitted flare dress! LBD is something I still need in my wardrobe.

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