Choosing the right Little Black Dress

“One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress,” said Karl Lagerfeld once upon a time, and of course, he was and is absolutely right. Wherever it is that you are going, whatever the time of year, whenever the time of day, an LBD will get you out of a whole heap of trouble.Immortalised by Coco Chanel (although it was a Givenchy number that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), the key to the success of the little black dress is its simplicity.

Every woman’s wardrobe should have a classic LBD, which can be a V-neck, sleeveless, waisted and with a slightly A-line skirt shape to on or just below the knee. But to someone else, particularly someone with a straighter and more athletic frame, that classic LBD would be more of a shift shape, gently tailored with straight style skirt and a scoop neckline.A sleeveless dress might seem to be a no-no for women of a certain age, but fear of bingo wings shouldn’t put anyone off buying the dress of their dreams, especially not when it’s an otherwise perfect and essential LBD.


This season, invest in a black chiffon blouse to wear open in place of a cardi or jacket, especially one with sleeves that billow gently to the cuff, a look that works especially well with tunic style LBDs, with a high neckline, for a Sixties’ feel.In fact, wearing statement pieces over an LBD is a trend for the season, so try faux fur gilets, leather jackets and oversize fringy cardis speckled with large sequins.


The LBD is one of the safest and best bets for any look as this one item can be worn so many ways that it could very well be the only thing in your closet.

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