November 01, 2006 10:01 PM

It’s the classic linchpin of a woman’s wardrobe — casual or fancy, the little black dress is perfect for every occasion. But finding the right one that marries fashion and functionality, trend and timelessness can be trickier than it seems. And of course, putting your own fashion fingerprint on it is essential. We love that Rachel Bilson (left) paired a tough leather jacket with her sweet and swingy Dolce & Gabbana for a fresh and unique take. Inspired by this and other trends in our Little Black Dress Gallery, we picked a few of our favorites for sale online. Click through to shop all the hottest little black dresses.
THE COVER-UP (as seen on Rachel Bilson, left)
We may not be able to afford her exact dress, but you can get Rachel’s look with this $50 frock from J.C. Penney and cropped leather jacket, like this faux-leather blazer from Target, $30.

To see even more LBDS, check out our gallery by clicking here or pick up our Winter 2006 Stylewatch issue, on newstands now.

Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/DMIPhoto

THE CLASSIC (as seen on Jennifer Aniston)
Strapless dresses highlight toned arms and shoulders– show off yours in this Kay Unger dress, $388 or this Newport News jersey dress, $29

THE MINI (as seen on Mischa Barton)
Got great legs? Bare them in a mini just like Mischa’s at or try a little more sparkle at Fredericks, $59.

THE NEW VOLUME (as seen on Jacinda Barrett)
Comfort and style? We love the look of this trapeze-shape dresses– try a floral twist from Marc by Marc Jacobs, $328, or go short with this Milly silk dress, $222.

THE SEQUINED SHIFT (as seen on Diane Kruger)
Not ready to bare arms? Cover up in shimmering sequins with this Pearl minidress, $395.

THE ONE SHOULDER (as seen on Jessica Biel)
These goddess gowns are simply divine! Try this steal from Yank, $44, or splurge on this slinky version from Karen Zambos, $178.

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