The New Summer Essential: A Little Black Dress

In October of last year, we brought you The New Little Black Dress and Little Black Jumpsuit blog. There we broke down how to incorporate the latest Little Black Dress (LBD) and Little Black Jumpsuit (LBJ) fashion trend into your own wardrobe. We broke up with the traditional LBDs & LBJs and embraced new, feminine patterns and trendy fabrics. But now there’s a new little black dress in town. Introducing the LBDs and LBJs of summer.


Every woman needs at least one little black dress or jumpsuit. LBDs and LBJs are automatic showstoppers. And now you can wear the iconic LBD and LBJ year-round! From lightweight dresses to cute jumpsuits, these new LBDs & LBJs are perfect for home, office, or even outdoors. It doesn’t take a vibrant color to turn heads when your Little Black Dress or Jumpsuit fits like a glove!


Lightweight Little Black Dress

These lightweight little black dresses define the term “summer staple.” Running errands on a sunny day? Having a virtual girls night in? These LBDs have you covered! All three dresses are solid black and lightweight, yet they still carry their own personality. Here are our picks for little black dress summer essentials.

KENNEDY LITTLE BLACK SHEATH DRESS

This sleeveless dress features a sophisticated A-line chiffon overlay and a shawl collar for a classic touch. This modest dress is knee length so you’ll feel modest yet in tune with the latest fashion trends. Kennedy is the perfect length for sipping a summer cocktail while gathering at home with family!


GAYLE HALF SLEEVE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

Gayle is a form-fitting knee length dress that makes a statement in any room. She hugs your curves in all the right places and features chiffon butterfly sleeves that add an elegant touch. Whether heading to work or hosting a small dinner for friends, Gayle is the perfect plus size little black dress.


ELSA LITTLE BLACK CAPE DRESS

Elsa is the elegant take on the little black dress. You’ll feel truly luxurious draped in Elsa’s chiffon cape. Complete Elsa with a pair of high heels and you’ll be ready for your upcoming special occasion in minutes!


 Little Black Jumpsuit (LBJ)

While the Little Black Dress is the queen of fashion staples, we can’t leave her sister behind! The Little Black Jumpsuit has become a Connected Apparel favorite. It's not only unique, but when you add a bit of chiffon to warm weather appropriate silhouettes, LBJs are versatile enough to wear year-round. And our LBJs range from petite to plus size. Women of every shape and size can look and feel fabulous in their LBJ this summer.

SARA BLACK SLEEVELESS JUMPSUIT

Sara is a timeless silhouette. The addition of a chiffon cross-body ruffle creates movement and an air of sophistication. This LBJ beautifully compliments your figure and is a perfect replacement for a cocktail dress. Get ready to turn heads!


GLORIA COLD SHOULDER JUMPSUIT

Gloria is a knockout! Her cold shoulder chiffon sleeves instantly give this LBJ an elegant look. Made from stretch crepe scuba, Gloria is comfortable enough to wear from desk to dinner.


BRI CHIFFON SLEEVE JUMPSUIT

The Bri jumpsuit is as comfortable as it is elegant. This LBJ features chiffon butterfly sleeves to give you that extra coverage you’re looking for. And Bri's stretch fabric makes her easy to move around in all day long.


Little Black Polka Dots

These trendy styles combine two timeless fashion trends—the Little Black Dress and polka dots! If a lightweight, solid little black dress is the new summer staple, a polka dot LBD is its flirty best friend. 

MORGAN POLKA DOT CROPPED JUMPSUIT

Morgan is a chic and playful jumpsuit you can take from day to night. The wrap at the bodice accentuates your waist while the wide-leg pant elongates. Made of comfortable stretch jersey, you’ll be ready for whatever the day throws your way!


MELISSA POLKA DOT STRAPLESS JUMPSUIT

Melissa is that jumpsuit you’ll want to wear again and again! It’s perfect on its own during the day or with a denim jacket at night when the temperature drops. No matter how you choose to wear Melissa, you’ll look so cute doing so.


LISA BLACK & WHITE POLKA DOT DRESS

We took our best-seller and added polka dot print to create this modern-classic dress. From day to night, this figure flattering version of our Lisa dress is the comfortable choice for turning heads.


Whether you prefer a modest cropped LBJ or want to feel sultry in a sexy short black dress, Connected Apparel has the perfect little black dresses or jumpsuits for you! Shop our trendy little black dress and jumpsuit collection, below.

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