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Outfits Under $100: 4 Cute LBDs & How to Wear Them


The little black dress is one item that most fashion experts agree is a great investment piece for your wardrobe. The perfect LBD is timeless, can be dressed up or down, and goes with just about anything.

However, finding the perfect little black dress can be time consuming and often gets expensive. If you’re still searching for the perfect LBD or are short on cash, here are four inexpensive LBDs and four different ways to wear an LBD– all for under $100!

Outfit #1: Keeping it Classy

LBD Classic

Product Information: Dress- Delia’s, Clutch- ASOS, Necklace- Forever 21, Tights- Bare Necessities, Pumps- Target

Outfit Total: $95

When I think of the little black dress, I immediately think of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – classic, chic, and totally timeless. The above outfit is a budget-friendly version of a classic way to wear a LBD. The dress has a great silhouette and could be worn casually if you wanted to dress the look down. Add a classic clutch with a modern twist– (faux) crocodile skin! Some tights add warmth without overpowering the rest of the outfit and nothing says timeless like a strand of pearls and black pumps.

Outfit #2: Bohemian Like You

LBD Boho

Product Information: Dress- Old Navy, Ring- ModCloth, Necklace- Forever 21, Shoes- Wet Seal, Bag- Alloy

Outfit Total: $93

This is a boho-inspired way to rock a LBD. A lot of people think mixing black and brown is taboo, but we find that they look great together, especially when trying to achieve a boho style. This maxi dress is very plain, so the accessories can take center stage. Add a long chain necklace with wooden beads and continue the wooden motif with this cute ring. Wear some comfy gladiators and a faux leather bag to finish this effortless look. This is definitely a day look, but adding some gladiator heels and a clutch would work for night.

Outfit #3: The Feminine Mystique

LBD Feminine

Product Information: Dress- Forever 21, Cardigan- Forever 21, Stud Earrings- ASOS, Mary Jane Pumps- Zappos

Outfit Total: $99

Embrace your girly side with this pretty LBD. The tiered dress is super feminine and reminds me of an adorable tutu – very Carrie Bradshaw in the opening credits for Sex and the City. Wear it with a soft pink cardigan with a delicate scalloped detail and some oversized pearl earrings. Finish this look with some sweet yet chic mary jane pumps.

Outfit #4: Woman on the Edge

LBD Edgy

Product Information: Dress- Forever 21, Bangles- Charlotte Russe, Tights- Dillard’s, Clutch- Forever 21, Booties- Forever 21

Outfit Total: $93

Add some rocker elements to your LBD with this edgy look. The stylish one-shouldered dress has some great beaded and studded detail. These bangles carry on the studded look and add some glam, while the zippered clutch adds a tough element. These plum tights add a bold and much needed pop of color and these booties complete the edgy look.

What do you think?

Have you found your perfect little black dress yet? Which outfit do you like best? Is your personal style similar to any of these or is it something completely different? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on on February 14, 2010 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: 4 Cute LBDs & How to Wear Them”

  1. 1
    February 14th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Very nice post! I own a LBD very simillar to the one in the first outfit, although my little black dress is dark teal instead of black, which is pretty much unflattering on me and I try not to wear it close to my face (which is sad, since I like black) ;)

  2. 2
    February 14th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    OMG, it seems like you read my mind with the first look, it’s totally my style O: Thank you! <3 Happy V day :D

  3. 3
    February 14th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Your outfits are always sooo fantastic! You have amazing taste. I loveee lovee lovee the feminine outfit (specially since I went and got myself a pastel pink cardigan the other day ;D)

  4. 4
    February 14th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    love outfit 1 and 4, but “The Feminine Mystique” is usually used in reference to a major book by Betty Freidan from the 1960s that was very influential to the Women’s Movement, and it’s not really a description of a style….

  5. 5
    February 14th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Glad you all like the outfits!

    @missy- I wanted to do a play on words for each style, and for a feminine style “The Feminine Mystique” is the first phrase that popped into my head. I really hope it doesn’t offend you!

  6. 6
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Have a one-shouldered LBD from cache that I picked up last year for a steal at $40 [because the zipper was broken; easily repaired at the tailor’s] and it is my go-to dress for everything – formal dinners, concerts etc! Happy Valentines!

  7. 7
    February 15th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    LOVE IT!!!! Thank you for this article, all the outfits were cute, classy and affordable. I love the witty titles as well. :)

  8. 8
    April 28th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    love the looks
    love the last look the most

  9. 9
    December 27th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this article. The search for the “LBD” is still under way for me, until I saw the dress posted under the first outfit. However, the link doesn’t seem to be working correctly. Is it possible for a re-post? I would love to own such a darling little dress like that. :)

  10. 10
    April 21st, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Love this post! LBD’s is a great wardrobe essential and there are so many ways to accessorize!

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