This dress from Express is not only hot, but it's a nice alternative to the little black dress.
As soon as I saw this one, I was reminded of Hilary Swank when she wore this lovely Elie Saab dress -- in such a great, expressive blue hue -- while in Paris.
Luckily, the Express banded sleeveless dress is a bit more wearable and at $79.50, it's a great deal.
Wear it with black tights and a pointy toe pump, belt a black trench coat over it, and you're good to go. This can be worn day or night, but if you choose the latter, add a big, chunky cuff to dazzle it up.