Forget the notion of the Little Black Dress—that’s for the kids. What I’ve got on my mind on these days is an S.B.D.—one that’s chic, grown-up, and very definitely sophisticated. Like this gorgeous heavy wool twill number, which I could see wearing to a holiday party, or to the office (if I went to one), with a cashmere cardigan.
Click through and check out the silhouette in profile of this lovely crepe dress from Vince—it’s really good.
A satisfyingly flowy dress from Rachel Comey that’s nicely feminine but still un-fussy.
I like the A-line shape of this mock neck dress—so comfortable and relaxed.
And I’m a fan of the elegant neckline here too.
A cute little sweater dress with an appealing bateau neckline.
The drapey neckline here is pretty choice too.
This has something of a restrained caftan shape, which I like, and it’s from Universal Standard, so it comes in a zillion sizes.
Such pretty draping here.
I’ve shown you this va va voomy Veronica Beard dress before, but now it’s available in sizes up to 24, which is great.
I don’t usually go for a turtleneck or a fishtail hem, but I like both of them here.
A ribbed turtleneck sweaterdress that’d be great with a pair of really statement-y earrings.
I’m a big fan of the cowl neck and dolman sleeves here, and the fact that this dress comes off both retroish and modern.
I own and love several Maria Cornejo jersey dresses, and very much like the flattering center ruching here.
This would be very good for one of those work-to-cocktail-party situations.
Another cozy sweaterdress—I’d wear it with big black knee-high boots and tights.
A slightly metallic wrap dress that’d be perfect for a party.
The sleeves here are very flattering, and I think the ruching adds a nice bit of interest.
This is tight up top and more flowy in the skirt, which makes it eminently wearable.
A drop-dead (and splurgy) party dress for when you’re looking to make a big impression.
This slightly deconstructed shirtdress looks both comfortable and polished.
This Isabel Marant dress is pricey even marked down (which it is) but I dig the tonal print.
And finally: a well-priced and sweetly sexy velvet option.