| October 25, 2012

Every woman loves the little black dress — it's easy, stylish, and flatters any figure.

Whether you like sheath, pockets, sleeves, rouche or leather, we found ten of the most practical dresses that highlight the hottest trends of the season. And whether you're on a budget or in the mood to splurge, these dresses will fit perfectly into your winter wardrobe.

Accessorize your LBD with some jewels or dress it down with a comfy pair of flats. However you choose to wear it, it will wear you right back.

Sleeved Faux-Leather Trim Dress

If you're looking for a versatile LBD, try this chic polyester dress from Banana Republic. It can be worn with flats, heels or your favorite boots, and the faux-leather trim at the neckline and pockets give it a trendy touch. The sleeves of the dress will keep you warm during the winter months, and its effortless shape and style will forgive any problem areas.

Available: BananaRepublic.com, $130

Peplum Doubleface Sheath Dress

Sheath is in this season, which is why we love this LBD from Ann Taylor LOFT. It has a vintage glam peplum detail at the waist, and its fitted shape still allows some room for forgiveness. Wear it for a night out on the town or pair it with a blazer for work.

Available: LOFT.com, $89.50 (Online exclusive: 40% off)


Looking for a cocktail dress with a little sass? Try this Express boat-neckline dress with shape-enhancing pleats down the front. The polyester/spandex fabric gives room for a little stretch and the exposed full-length zipper down the back will draw attention to your best asset.

Available: Express.com, $68.60

Polka Dot Cocktail Dress

This is another little black cocktail dress that we love. Not only is it perfect for the gal on a budget, but its transparent mesh sleves with velvet polka dots are flirtatious and fun.

Available: H&M stores, $17.96

Kellen Blocked Sheath Leather Dress

If you're looking for that go-to sheath leather dress, look no further — this BCBGMAXAZARIA dress is the perfect fit. Its classic shape and style will ensure it a spot in your closet for years to come.

Available: Piperlime.com, $228

Banded Knit Skater Dress

We love the wide straps and horizontal bands of stretchy, weighted knit material in this White House Black Market LBD. The A-line cut will make any figure look extra feminine, and the dress will seamlessly flow from work to play.

Available: WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com, $160

Cady ZigZag Lace Dress

This Dolce Vita dress lace dress is sure to turn heads. Its zigzag lace styling, scalloped neck and three-quarter sleeves will make you a stand out among the many lace LBDs this season.

Available: Piperlime.com, $145

Faux Wrap Dress

Our list wouldn't be complete without a wrap dress, and this one from Victoria's Secret is a classic. It's comfortable yet sexy, and will hug your body in all the right places.

Available: VictoriasSecret.com, $69.50

Solid Cutout Back Dress

Looking for a 2-in-1 LBD? Try this A-line Solid Cutout Black Dress from Forever21. Wear it with a blazer to the office, then take it off to reveal a little skin for date night. Accessorize it with some patterned stockings and you've got the LBD look down to a tee.

Available: Forever21.com, $22.80

London Woven Sheath Dress

Audrey Hepburn knew how to wear the LBD, and if she were still alive, we think she'd be wearing something like this. Its ribbon-tailored seams, rounded cap sleeves and classic fit make it a must-have of the season — if you're willing to pay the price.

Available: Nordstrom.com, $295