Best Little Black Dresses for Spring 2012

Now that spring has officially arrived, don't forget to update your special occasion and evening wear ensembles with at least one little black dress. The Little Black Dress is a closet staple any time of year but you can pick out a style and cut that is in line with the season's latest trends. Spring's hottest trends include, flutter sleeves, one-shoulder styles, futuristic prints, and color-blocking. When you're shopping for a black dress this season, consider accessorizing with some of these trends in mind. 

Hint: Wear the Little Black Dress with a pair of bright, neon-colored platform heels or color-blocked pumps for a head-turning ensemble.

Here are five little black dresses to add to your spring wardrobe:

Flutter Sleeve Dress
Remember when flutter sleeves were all the rage last fall and winter? They're back this spring in a lighter version, showing up in long tunic tops, cardigans, and yes - even the little black dress. When you're going for a more dramatic look, try on something like the Elizabeth and James Mabel Flutter-Sleeve Dress. The dress itself is just a basic shift dress but the super-long flutter sleeves with slits at the elbows give it a more contemporary look.

Draped One-Shoulder Dress
Another glamorous, black dress style to add to your collection, a one-shoulder dress with billow sleeves and a slightly contoured silhouette will show off your figure without showing off too much. This Maggy London Iridescent One Shoulder Dress is perfect for date night or a girl's night out.

A-Line Chiffon Dress
If you're looking for something feminine and sophisticated, go with a layered, chiffon black dress. I like the simple cut and boat neckline of this MARC by Marc Jacobs Cunningham Chiffon Dress, an unconventional twist on your usual tunic or A-line dress. Pair this with a pair of sparkly heels or neon-colored pumps to show off your retro side.

V-Strap Little Black Dress
A slight variation on the halter dress, a V-strap dress can accentuate your curves and create a very slimming silhouette. This Adrianna Papell Tonal V-Strap Jersey Dress is designed with wide, curvilinear ribbons which really bring out your curves while making you appear slimmer. The V-strap is a fresh take on more conventional styles.

One-Shoulder Bandage Dress
Bandage dresses are still a hot item this season and you can show off that gorgeous neckline and sculpted arms in a one-shoulder bandage dress. Bandage dresses are perfect for showing off that trim figure you've worked hard for this spring and are also among the most versatile styles for the year. Pick up this budget-friendly Wishes Wishes Wishes Dress, Sleeveless One Shoulder Bandage to round out your wardrobe this season.

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