perfect little black dresses for women over 50

Find the Perfect Little Black Dress for Over 50 and Over 60 Women

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(Last Updated On: August 13, 2021)

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. The perfect little black dress for over 50 and over 60 women is always a hot item.

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.

So if you’re searching for a black dress for older ladies, no matter your definition of ‘older’ my friend, have a look at what I’ve curated for you.

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.

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!

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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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Special Holiday Section!

Take your little black dress to a new, holiday level with these easy to wear jackets and shawls at very affordable prices :

The accessories make the outfit, right? How about the perfect holiday belt, or take your classic black shoes and add festive shoe clips. How much fun is that? Jewelry options always add that touch of glamour, too.

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Here are just a few of the variety of holiday accessories offered from White House Black Market:

Feather-Trim Wide Stretch Belt | Bejeweled Feather Shoe Clips | Convertible Charm Necklace


The Perfect Little Black Dress for Over 50 (and over 60!) Women

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

Flash forward to today, 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. Here is a similar style.

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.

On the right:

Travelers Dress from Chicos – the style debuted 20 years ago. Today, it’s as gorgeous as ever, with 3/4 sleeves, a super-flattering silhouette and wrinkle-resistant fabrication, thus the name.

  • Travel-friendly, wrinkle-resistant fabric.
  • 3/4-sleeves.
  • Regular length: 44.5″.
  • Petite length: 42.5″.
  • Acetate, spandex.
  • Machine wash. Imported.

On the left:

Ponte T-shirt Dress from Chicos – is the perfect choice for a casual style little black dress. Made from refined ponte fabric, it has a lighter feel and softer hand, ideal for any season. Wear this dress with a bold statement necklace and your favorite flats, sandals or sneakers for all-day comfort that looks great wherever your day takes you.

  • The Fabric: New refined ponte fabric.
  • Fabric Care: 46% rayon, 28% nylon, 20% lyocell, 6% spandex. Machine wash. Imported.
  • The Fit: A-line with fitted bust then fits away from the body from waist to sweep; elbow-length sleeves, front pockets, scoop neck; 39″ length.
  • The Details: Solid style.

On the right:

Pleated Fit & Flare Dress from Talbots – a flattering look for many body shapes, and look at the button detail on the sleeves! The pleating on the skirt is beautiful.

FEATURES
  • Silhouette: Fit & flare
  • Neckline: V-Neck
  • Sleeve length: Long
  • Closure: Pullover
  • Material: 58% Cotton 21% Nylon 17% Polyester 4% Spandex

On the left:

Tipped Ponte Sheath Dress from Talbots – I love the detail at the neckline and the small slit at the hemline.

FEATURES
  • Silhouette: Sheath
  • Neckline: Jewel
  • Sleeve length: Three-Quarter
  • Closure: Invisible Back Zip
  • Bodice Lined Only
  • Imported
  • Material: Shell 63% Rayon, 32% Nylon, 5% Spandex ; Lining 100% Polyester

Budget Friendly Finds – currently priced under $50

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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! Dillards

On the left:

Cascade Faux Wrap Dress from Nordstrom – flattering to so many of our body shapes in midlife, with 3/4 sleeves and V-neck styling.

  • 39″ regular length (size Medium); 40″ plus length (size 2X)
  • Slips on over head
  • Surplice V-neck
  • Three-quarter sleeves
  • Unlined
  • 90% rayon, 10% spandex
  • Dry clean or hand wash, dry flat
  • Made in the USA

On the right:

Ribbed Knit Midi Shirtdress from Nordstrom – when you want to look classic and stylish but not too dressy, this shirtdress with a button up front and side pockets is a great choice!

  • 43″ length (size Medium)
  • Front button closure
  • V-neck
  • Short sleeves
  • Front patch pockets
  • 80% polyester, 15% rayon, 5% spandex
  • Machine wash, dry flat
  • Made in the USA

On the right:

V-Back A-Line Maxi Dress from Nordstrom – when you want to show off you beautiful back! Classic look with cap sleeves and maxi length styling, dress it up or down.

  • 48 1/2″ length (size Medium)
  • Slips on over head
  • Front jewel neck; back V-neck
  • Cap sleeves
  • 90% rayon, 10% spandex
  • Dry clean or hand wash, dry flat
  • Made in the USA

On the left:

Cute Girl Dress from Nordstrom – because we all want to look cute, right? I love the neckline, the modest sleeve length, and the full skirt.

  • 45″ length (size Medium)
  • Slips on over head
  • Notched scooped neck
  • Scooped back
  • Elbow-length sleeves
  • Side-seam pockets
  • Partially lined
  • 61% viscose, 35% polyester, 4% elastane
  • Machine wash, line dry
  • Plus size

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 sophistication of this popover dress from Nordstrom.

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

Actually, I’m wearing a very comfortable LBD in the photo above! I bought it on Amazon (quickly becoming one of my go-to sources for affordable clothes), and the style is awesome. I prefer 3/4 sleeves, and the boat neck with ‘V’ insert is flattering on so many body shapes.

The mid-length flared skirt style is also a very flattering look. You can see all the details of this comfy little black dress here:

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

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55 thoughts on “Find the Perfect Little Black Dress for Over 50 and Over 60 Women”

  1. 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!

    1. Candi Randolph

      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.

  2. 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.

    1. Candi Randolph

      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™‚

  3. 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!

    1. Candi Randolph

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. Candi Randolph

      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!

    1. Candi Randolph

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

  7. 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!)

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

  9. 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!

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