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5 Ways to Wear a Little Black Dress

The little black dress, 4 words that hold so much meaning for any red-blooded fashionable woman. Otherwise known as the LBD, it is a closet must-have that has been the goal of many shopping trips and the solution to many ‘what-to-wear’ dilemmas. Just like finding a perfect pair of jeans, the search can take years. Once found, however, the little black dress becomes valuable and even irreplaceable at times.

Here are 5 reasons to fall in love with this style staple.

It’s Iconic

The beginning of the LBD’s rise to icon status can be traced back to the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This movie along with Audrey Hepburn quickly became a pop culture and style phenomenon. Audrey Hepburn and designer Givenchy are often given credit for popularizing the elegance of the little black dress. From Old Hollywood style icons like Maria Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn to Jackie Kennedy and Princess Diana to today’s style icons such as Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese, and the little black dress has been embraced wholeheartedly. You’ll find yourself in the company of stylish women every single time you don your little black dress of choice. 

A little black dress is timeless. It’s always in style. It’s an investment piece that will hold you in good stead for years to come. This much-coveted closet piece is what makes a woman’s closet, and more often than not it signifies the very essence and elegance of a woman’s beauty, confidence and style-savvy. These are precisely the reasons why this closet piece is so iconic. By owning a little black dress that you can call your own, you are becoming part of the LBDs storied and continuing history.

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It Pairs it With Everything

The classic feeling that a little black dress exudes combined with its perennially chic color makes it the perfect fashion piece to get creative with. The simple yet sophisticated characteristic of an LBD makes prints, colors, jewelry, and accessories stand out. This same attribute also makes it ideal for pairing it with trends. You won’t look like a fashion victim when you pair a super trendy item with something as traditional and understated as a little black dress. It is, simply put, the perfect fashion canvas. Even a more detailed and tailored LBD, like one with laces or ruffles, is still classic enough and straightforward enough not to be a distraction to other details of your ensemble, like your accessories for instance. Maximize the chic potential of your LBD and get creative when styling it. It is your opportunity to test the waters with a particular trend or to take a major fashion risk.

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Its Versatility Can’t Be Beaten

The LBD can go from day to night, from casual to formal. It is always appropriate for any occasion since it looks sexy in an understated way. A simple footwear swap accompanied by a purse upgrade can take your little black dress from a day of downtown shopping and afternoon coffee to a night of all-night partying after your fancy sushi dinner. Change from ballet flats to heels, and from a cute canvas tote to an embellished clutch, and you’re all set.

Play up the versatility of the LBD in the styling. Your little black dress can take on so many looks; you have no idea. Don’t be limited to wearing it as a cocktail dress. Experiment with trendy athletic slides or with more bohemian earthy boots; the possibilities are endless when armed with wardrobe inspiration and a little black dress.

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You’ll Always Look Polished and Effortless.

As Karl Lagerfeld once said, “one is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress.”

When in doubt, a little black dress always looks elegant and appropriate. Whether you want to look a little bit more pulled together for a casual day, or when you want an office-appropriate work look that you can take to cocktail hour, the LBD will come to your rescue. A style cure-all, the little black dress will work overtime to make you look your best, it doesn’t matter if it’s for a quick coffee date or a big meeting or presentation, a sleek LBD always impresses.

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It’s the Ultimate Glam-it-Up Color

A little black dress is a foolproof way to look your best and most glamorous at any party or evening event. It’s any woman’s go-to date dress too, and a no brainer party dress. Whether it is embellished, armed with a dangerously sexy side slit, or covered in lace, there is an LBD out there with your name on it. If you do choose to go with something a plain LBD, just add some bling and seductive stilettos to up your style quotient for the evening. Otherwise, there is a wealth of glitzy little black dresses out there to choose from. Some are even so fabulous that no accessories are needed; the dress is a major style statement that speaks for itself. 

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  • Lynette Shorten says:

    I’ve never understood the appeal of the LBD! I’m an artist who is fascinated with colour. I have a passionate dislike for dull, boring, aging black.
    I’m also a ‘summer’ colouring on which black makes me look like death warmed up. As I am a pear shape with a hip size in Australian clothing of 18/20 & a bodice size of 14/16, dresses are almost impossible to wear (except maxi’s – Yay! bring them on!)
    To my way of thinking a dress must enrich the figure & so many do not dress for their figure. simply wearing a black dress because its black defeats the purpose.
    Back to my artist colour sense. There are so many glorious colours out there that my cry is ‘Why wear dull, boring black? How many are aware that within the colour spectrum black is actually an absorbtion of ALL colour so actually is a non-colour. dead, dull, boring, life-less. Personally i like to see a women dress in the colour that either brings out our her eyes, hair or skin.

    • Ann Reinten says:

      Hi Lynette,
      Great reply!
      I too love color but I also appreciate that black has many great qualities (see my feature ‘Yes, You Can Wear Black’). I also believe that when you know the rules of style and color you are then able to successfully bend them to work for you.
      I agree that when you are a different size top and bottom that buying a flattering and well fitting dress becomes a challenge. I understand this all to well being an Australian size 16 below my waist and a 12-14 above. I tend to buy a size larger and have it altered, have dresses made or buy a matching top and skirt and wear them together to look like I’m wearing a dress.

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