6 Black-and-white dresses that are anything but basic

Dec 15, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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For years now the little black dress has been a wardrobe staple. And thanks to movies like Breakfast at Tiffany's, the basic look has attained classic fashion status. From a simple A-line at the office to a fun flare at dinner parties, the LBD has become a statement piece in its own right. But today's LBDs are anything but basic. With fun fabrics, unique cuts and varying lengths, a little black dress can be a real eye-catcher. In fact, many of today's LBDs aren't even completely black! So many of today's styles contain pops of white or bold prints to liven up the fashion basic.

Here are some of our top black-and-white dress options to help upgrade your LBD.

1. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collared Color Block Dress

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Collared Color Block Dress
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This classic take on the LBD from Lauren by Ralph Lauren has hints of white detailing at the collar and cuffs. This form-fitting dress is sleek and sophisticated with its spread collar and three-quarter length sleeves, making it perfect for the office. (bloomingdales.com, $154)

2. BCBGeneration A-line Jacquard Sweater Dress

BCBGeneration A-line Jacquard Sweater Dress
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The mod-inspired scoop neck and A-line style of this jacquard dress from BCBGeneration gives it a fun vibe, making it an ideal transition dress to take you from the office to dinner seamlessly. (bcbgeneration.com, $118)

3. Erin by Erin Fetherson Agnes Color Block Stretch Fit & Flare Dress

Erin by Erin Fetherson Agnes Color block Stretch Fit & Flare Dress
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This two-toned flare dress from Erin Fetherston has a full circle skirt, a keyhole neckline and flirty bow detailing to bring out any wearer's feminine flair. (shop.nordstrom.com, $325)

4. Rachel by Rachel Roy Printed Cutout Bodycon Dress

Rachel by Rachel Roy Printed Cutout Bodycon Dress
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This Rachel by Rachel Roy midi dress has a bit of a sexy vibe thanks to the textured contrasting panelling, sleek bodycon silhouette and delicate cutout detailing at the waist. (macys.com, $139)

5. White House Black Market Geometric Print Dress

White House Black Market Geometric Print Dress
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Complete with a geo print design and embroidered notch collar, this graphic dress from White House Black Market pairs well with black stockings and boho-inspired accessories. (whitehouseblackmarket.com, $110)

6. Cece by Cynthia Steffe Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress

Cece by Cynthia Steffe Striped Fit-and-Flare Dress
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For a night out, this striped, sleeveless flare dress with a full pleated skirt from Cece by Cynthia Steffe is a great option to show just a touch of skin and dance the night away. (lordandtaylor.com, $147)

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