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We Asked 17 Women To Style The Same Black Dress And They Slayed

Or, "How to wear the same dress 30 different ways."

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Most women own a little black dress. But many stick to wearing it only one way.

The LBD is arguably the most versatile piece of clothing in a closet. In theory, this sounds awesome, but can also result in what I like to call "Forever21 Syndrome" AKA being so overwhelmed with endless options that you wind up choosing none of them.

To get some inspiration on how to style a dress that's in millions of closets around the world, we asked a ton of ~fashion influencers~ to style the same dress from ModCloth.

Each person styled the dress with items they already owned, and they were given no instructions besides "represent yourself." P.S. You can get the dress from Modcloth for $59.99 (available in sizes Small-4X).
Zoë Burnett / Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Each person styled the dress with items they already owned, and they were given no instructions besides "represent yourself."

P.S. You can get the dress from Modcloth for $59.99 (available in sizes Small-4X).

1. Alysse made (!) her gold chain belt and T-rex earrings, then wore them with neon pink socks, glitter peep-toe pumps, and an acid washed denim jacket.

You can get Alysse's Gold Chain Belt from Ready To Stare for $39 (available in sizes XS-5X), Dinosaur Earrings from Etsy for $5, Bad Bitch Ring from Snash Jewelry for $58, Crystal Queer Pin from Riotcakes for $10, and Fat Bitch pin from Fat Girl Flow for $7.99. Blog: Ready To StareInstagram: @Readytostare
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You can get Alysse's Gold Chain Belt from Ready To Stare for $39 (available in sizes XS-5X), Dinosaur Earrings from Etsy for $5, Bad Bitch Ring from Snash Jewelry for $58, Crystal Queer Pin from Riotcakes for $10, and Fat Bitch pin from Fat Girl Flow for $7.99.

Blog: Ready To Stare

Instagram: @Readytostare

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2. Sana showed up with faux leather leggings, an anorak jacket, and fringe booties that made me yell "YESSSSSSSSS, girl!"

You can get similar faux leather leggings from Nordstrom for $29 (available in sizes XXS-XL). Blog: modHijabiInstagram: @sanahrashid
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You can get similar faux leather leggings from Nordstrom for $29 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

Blog: modHijabi

Instagram: @sanahrashid

3. Lyn Slater, who is all kinds of goals, wore white fishnets, a white mesh cut-off sweatshirt, and black combat boots. Her stunner shades and earrings were just the icing on top.

You can find Lyn's fishnet tights from Free People for $15 (available in white and red), her earrings from Primary New York for $161, and her sunglasses from Primary New York for $270. Blog: Accidental IconInstagram: @Iconaccidental
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You can find Lyn's fishnet tights from Free People for $15 (available in white and red), her earrings from Primary New York for $161, and her sunglasses from Primary New York for $270.

Blog: Accidental Icon

Instagram: @Iconaccidental

4. Pro style tip from Shainna: Keep your arms out of your leather sleeves to look grown and fancy.

You can find a similar faux leather jacket from Nordstrom for $99.90 (available in sizes XS-XL). Blog: A Thick Girl's ClosetInstagram: @Thickgrlscloset
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You can find a similar faux leather jacket from Nordstrom for $99.90 (available in sizes XS-XL).

Blog: A Thick Girl's Closet

Instagram: @Thickgrlscloset

5. Magda is the queen of vintage, so most of her killer pieces are rare. Her giraffe boots, though, the rest of us plebes can actually find.

You can find her giraffe boots from Frances Valentine for $225. Blog: Pretty CrippleInstagram: @Prettycripple
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You can find her giraffe boots from Frances Valentine for $225.

Blog: Pretty Cripple

Instagram: @Prettycripple

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6. Aileen mixed a combo of New-York-girl-boss green leather jacket with playful-as-hell clear clutch.

Blog: The Style BoroInstagram: @Thestyleboro
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Blog: The Style Boro

Instagram: @Thestyleboro

7. Rain's snapback hat and floral blazer are the perfect way to play outside of the social gender constructs.

Instagram: @Raindovemodel
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Instagram: @Raindovemodel

8. Arshia played with a high-low hemline and made her printed scarf the focal point of an otherwise all black outfit.

YouTube: Arshia MoorjaniInstagram: @Arshiamoorjani
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YouTube: Arshia Moorjani

Instagram: @Arshiamoorjani

9. Hi, Dana is so glamorous that I am pained by her beauty, please enjoy her waist belt on top of a camo jacket that almost no one else could pull off.

You can find a similar corset belt from Torrid for $16.03 and similar shoes from Banana Republic for $49.99. Blog: Who's That Girl Dana? Instagram: @Whosthatgirldana
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You can find a similar corset belt from Torrid for $16.03 and similar shoes from Banana Republic for $49.99.

Blog: Who's That Girl Dana?

Instagram: @Whosthatgirldana

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10. Going to work? Then a bar? Then out with your girlfriends to go deep on some loaded nachos? Good, because Essence's outfit is so freakin' cute that you could literally wear this ANYWHERE and be the best dressed person in the room.

Instagram: @Theessenceof_
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Instagram: @Theessenceof_

11. Maitland matched her pink hair with a pink flamingo sweatshirt, floral heels, and a vintage Coach bag. Cute!

You can find Maitland's vintage Coach bag from Etsy for $155. Instagram: @Quaitland
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You can find Maitland's vintage Coach bag from Etsy for $155.

Instagram: @Quaitland

12. Erica may be the first person to put a snapback hat and trench coat together, and I'm about to copy this look for the weekend. The cross-body bag and heeled booties really tie it all together.

You can find Erica's cross-body bag from Barney's New York for $1,930, her sunglasses from Nordstrom for $249, and her hat from Egg Shop for $10. Blog: Egg CanvasInstagram: @EggCanvas
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You can find Erica's cross-body bag from Barney's New York for $1,930, her sunglasses from Nordstrom for $249, and her hat from Egg Shop for $10.

Blog: Egg Canvas

Instagram: @EggCanvas

13. Apneet's out here making denim jackets look good.

Blog: Who Is Apneet?Instagram: @Whoisapneet
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Blog: Who Is Apneet?

Instagram: @Whoisapneet

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14. Erin threw a swingy mesh top over the dress, then some boots over her knees. Take a play out of her book and match your statement earrings to a statement clutch.

You can find Erin's mesh top from H&M for $7.99, her bracelet from MantraBand for $35, her boots from DSW for $79.99 (available in black, beige, and burgundy), and her earrings from J. Crew for $43.99 (available in white and red). Blog: Hey, EEP!Instagram: @Erinphraner
Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

You can find Erin's mesh top from H&M for $7.99, her bracelet from MantraBand for $35, her boots from DSW for $79.99 (available in black, beige, and burgundy), and her earrings from J. Crew for $43.99 (available in white and red).

Blog: Hey, EEP!

Instagram: @Erinphraner

15. Alicia's mock turtleneck/dress/blazer layering is giving us all kinds of fall look vibes. Belt it up to hold it together!

You can find Alicia's mock neck sweater from Forever 21 for $14.90 and her belt from ASOS for $26. Blog: Neon FoxInstagram: @Neonstylefox
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You can find Alicia's mock neck sweater from Forever 21 for $14.90 and her belt from ASOS for $26.

Blog: Neon Fox

Instagram: @Neonstylefox

16. First of all, Kelly tying a white button down shirt around her waist makes me wonder why we ever wear them as shirts at all. And then her headwrap! And her backpack! I'm done.

Get her shirt from Eloquii for $59.90, her shoes from Zappos for $69.99, and her backpack from Payless for $29.99. Blog: Kelly AugustineInstagram: @Kellyaugustine
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Get her shirt from Eloquii for $59.90, her shoes from Zappos for $69.99, and her backpack from Payless for $29.99.

Blog: Kelly Augustine

Instagram: @Kellyaugustine

17. OK, Alysse made this body chain, and then instead of getting matching shoes, she just put gold chain anklets on with pumps. Genius and stylish and oh my god I'm buying all of the chains.

Blog: Ready To StareInstagram: @Readytostare
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Blog: Ready To Stare

Instagram: @Readytostare

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18. Magda's a textured dream: Velvet hat, gemstone necklace, fur jacket, leather sleeves, fishnet tights, and metallic boots. (All vintage, of course.)

Blog: Pretty CrippleInstagram: @Prettycripple
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Blog: Pretty Cripple

Instagram: @Prettycripple

19. If you were looking at leather crop tops and saying, "Yeah, but how would I wear this?" Kelly just answered all of your questions!

Get her boots from Zara for $39.90. Blog: Kelly AugustineInstagram: @Kellyaugustine
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Get her boots from Zara for $39.90.

Blog: Kelly Augustine

Instagram: @Kellyaugustine

20. Aileen wore a swingy blazer vest and over-the-knee boots for the perfect "I look this good without even trying" outfit.

You can find similar boots from DSW for $79.99 (available in black, beige, and burgundy). Blog: The Style BoroInstagram: @Thestyleboro
Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

You can find similar boots from DSW for $79.99 (available in black, beige, and burgundy).

Blog: The Style Boro

Instagram: @Thestyleboro

21. Tell me Rain's cross-body pizza bag doesn't make you immediately want one?!

You can find a similar pizza purse from J. Crew for $39.50. Instagram: @Raindovemodel
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You can find a similar pizza purse from J. Crew for $39.50.

Instagram: @Raindovemodel

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22. Sana wore two different striped shirts and floral shoes, so why have we all been waiting to combine prints like this?!

You can find similar sneakers from Vans for $60. Blog: modHijabiInstagram: @sanahrashid
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You can find similar sneakers from Vans for $60.

Blog: modHijabi

Instagram: @sanahrashid

23. Hi, Arshia found a chic AF way to wear a camo jacket and floppy hat together.

YouTube: Arshia MoorjaniInstagram: @Arshiamoorjani
Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

YouTube: Arshia Moorjani

Instagram: @Arshiamoorjani

24. Lyn threw on some sheer, wide-leg lace pants with fuzzy slippers and statement earrings like it was just a casual Tuesday afternoon!

Blog: Accidental IconInstagram: @Iconaccidental
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25. Alicia's sheer dress and silver boots are giving me Morticia Addams meets Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century vibes.

You can find Alicia's sheer dress from Forever 21 for $17.90 and her Doc Martens here for $135. Blog: Neon FoxInstagram: @Neonstylefox
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You can find Alicia's sheer dress from Forever 21 for $17.90 and her Doc Martens here for $135.

Blog: Neon Fox

Instagram: @Neonstylefox

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26. Can we talk about Shainna's baseball cap purse for a minute?!

Blog: A Thick Girl's ClosetInstagram: @Thickgirlscloset
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27. Sorry, I can't come to the phone right now. I'm DEAD. Dana's choker and stiletto coordination has killed me.

Blog: Who's That Girl Dana? Instagram: @Whosthatgirldana
Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

28. Erica's over-sized denim jacket picked up her shoes which picked up the accents on her bag which picked up her wide-brim hat and now I have to pick myself up off the floor.

You can get Erica's bag from Barney's New York for $2,350, her jacket from Barney's New York for $225 (available in white and black), her shoes from Grey Matters for $487, and her hat from Janessa Leone for $195. Blog: Egg CanvasInstagram: @EggCanvas
Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

You can get Erica's bag from Barney's New York for $2,350, her jacket from Barney's New York for $225 (available in white and black), her shoes from Grey Matters for $487, and her hat from Janessa Leone for $195.

Blog: Egg Canvas

Instagram: @EggCanvas

29. Apneet's out here proving that you can wear sneakers, a sweatshirt, and baseball caps with a cocktail dress.

Blog: Who Is Apneet?Instagram: @Whoisapneet
Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

Blog: Who Is Apneet?

Instagram: @Whoisapneet

30. Let me just tell you that Essence's shoe situation is actually block heel sandals with red toe-cap socks!!!! I'll never be over this because 1. It looks like a sick pair of shoes and 2. Her feet are actually comfortable.

You can get Essence's denim jacket from H&M for $39.99, her socks from Stance for $48, her shoes from Macy's for $44.93, and her pin from ColoringPins for $11. Instagram: @Theessenceof_
Taylor Miller / Via BuzzFeed

You can get Essence's denim jacket from H&M for $39.99, her socks from Stance for $48, her shoes from Macy's for $44.93, and her pin from ColoringPins for $11.

Instagram: @Theessenceof_

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