Just like the white T-shirt, a black dress is a staple that will never go out of style. And with so many variations from casual midis to sexy minis, the frock is worn on many occasions by our favorite celebs whether they’re hitting the red carpet or simply running errands. To help you rethink the wardrobe essential in new ways, score our tips on how to wear six different black dresses, demonstrated by style stars from Meghan Markle to Yara Shahidi. 

Watch the video above and get the looks by shopping our selects ahead. 

Mandy Moore 

For off-duty days when you want to be casual, throw on a comfy black midi and pair with a low-key denim jacket, sandals and a cross-body bag for an easy, unfussy result. 

Mandy Moore black dress

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Reformation black dress

Reformation

Reformation Rou Dress $98

Taylor Hill x Joe's denim jacket

Joe’s

Taylor Hill x Joe’s Destroyed Cropped Jacket $178

LOFT metallic sandals

LOFT

LOFT Double Strap Sandals $60

Tara Jarmon crossbody bag

Tara Jarmon

Tara Jarmon Flore Bag $530

Jenna Dewan 

Got weekend brunch plans with the girls? Opt for a feminine ruffled mini and statement leopard print shoes, accessorized with a pendant necklace, sunnies and black carryall. 

Jenna Dewan black dress

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ASTR ruffled black dress

ASTR

ASTR Emi Dress$110 $66

Ann Taylor leopard mules

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Caia Leopard Print Haircalf Cap Toe Pumps $178

Wolf Circus necklace

Wolf Circus

Wolf Circus Rose Coin Necklace $93

Le Specs Fluxus sunglasses

Le Specs

Le Specs Fluxus $69

Meghan Markle 

A classic sheath dress will always be ideal for work and other settings where you need to look refined and polished. Cinch the waist with a thin belt to add shape to your frame and complete with pointed-toe pumps. 

Meghan Markle black dress

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Ann Taylor black dress

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Square Neck Ponte Sheath Dress $129

Ann Taylor suede pumps

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Mila Suede Pumps $128

Yara Shahidi

Use a knit black dress as a base for trendy pieces like a pink leather bomber jacket, blue knee boots and tube hoop earrings for a playful, fashion-forward finish. 

Yara Shahidi black dress

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Pixie Market Lullaby Square Neckline Dress

Pixie Market

Pixie Market Lullaby Square Neckline Dress $108

Michael Stars pink bomber

Michael Stars

Michael Stars Leather Bomber $548

Dear Frances blue boots

Dear Frances

Dear Frances Elle Knee Boot$725 $425

Bershka hoop earrings

Bershka

Bershka Hoop Earrings $10

Ashley Graham 

You can’t go wrong with a sexy LBD for date night. Style a bustier silhouette with a gorgeous choker and barely-there heels. 

Ashley Graham black dress

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ASTR black dress

Nordstrom

ASTR Jade Body-Con Dress$98 $66

WKNDLA necklace

WKNDLA

WKNDLA Double-Jointed Drop Earrings $158

Schutz Cadey-Lee sandals

Schutz

Schutz Cadey-Lee $170

Jennifer Aniston 

A special occasion calls for a formal dress and a romantic black frock is the perfect choice. Add glamour with a pair of modern pearl duster earrings. 

Jennifer Aniston black dress

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Three Floor black dress

Three Floor

Three Floor Black Mirror Dress $581

WKNDLA earrings

WKNDLA

WKNDLA Double-Jointed Drop Earrings $158

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