every girl needs to have at least 1 LBD in their closet. it's a "must have". a simple little black dress are great for any and almost any occasion.
i strongly believe in a great bargain. it doesn't matter where you buy something, what matters is that it looks good and you feel good wearing it.
i recently bought a couple of lbd's at our local Kohl's store. they were a great find and they were on sale!
the mixed media dress can look great casual with some simple flats or sandals and they can look a little more formal with some nice pair of heels.
the surplice dress is more of a formal looking dress. by having different accessories can make the dress look different every time you wear it. you can wear the belt that it came with or can have a different belt (skinny red patent leather belt would look fabulous) or can wear it w/o any belt.
(image of dresses courtesy of Kohl's.)