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Photos by Hannah Laamoumi

Every girl needs a go-to little black dress. They never go out of style and can be worn so many different ways. Typically when I think of an LBD I picture a cocktail dress, but something casual can be worn even more than its fancier counterpart. It’s always good to have a few tried and true basics in your closet to mix and match with. If you’re on a budget, this is the way to go.

I got this casual, basic LBD  from Forever 21 for $15. Fifteen bucks for a dress is a bargain any day, especially for one that I know I will wear over and over again. Besides the price, what drew me to this dress is the way it’s cut. It’s a loose, A-line shape that’s flattering on any figure. Plus, all the extra room makes it super comfy. This dress also has elbow length sleeves so it can be worn year round. Even more bang for your buck!

As I mentioned, one of the best things about basics are all of the outfit possibilities. This dress can easily be dressed up or down. I chose to go the casual route by pairing this LBD with a denim shirt, booties, and a floppy hat. If you’re looking for something a little less casual, you could add a fur vest or scarf. Simple, but chic! For an even dressier occasion, I can totally see this dress with a pair of strappy heels and a pretty clutch.

I was unable to find this exact dress and denim shirt online, but I have some very similar items linked up below for those of you who are interested in recreating this look. But, the sky’s the limit with this one guys. How would you style this basic LBD?

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Dress: Forever 21
Denim Shirt: Forever 21
Booties: Topshop
Hat: Forever 21


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