Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Little Black Dress
I've always stressed on this blog about how important a little black dress is for any women's wardrobe. Whether you're style is preppy, or any other type, a little black dress is a worthwhile investment. I have received countless e-mails about how I would dress up a LBD or how to make a LBD versatile. Well, I finally decided to do an extensive post on styling a little black dress for any occassion.
There are so many different styles, cuts, and silhouettes for a little black dress, not to mention the numerous fabrics. The cut and fabric is the basis of how dressed up or dressed down you can make the dress. For example, a silk taffeta dress (like the one second from the left) can only be dressed down to an extent and is more of a dressy-dress because silk taffeta is a dressier fabric. But a cotton dress (like the third one from the left) can be dressed up or dressed down and can also be worn during any season. If you're going for something with maximum versatility, a shift dress (like the third from the left) is the best choice. This is because it is conservative enough for work, but is also classic enough to dress up for a night out. Another reason why the shift is your best option is because you can even wear it as a jumper during the winter and throw a thing turtleneck underneath it for a very casual look. A thick cotton/polyester fabric is versatile because it can be washed in the washing machine and can be dressed up or dressed very down.
summerwind41490 featuring a red cocktail ring
This LBD is short, tight, and has lace detailing, however, it is still conservative because of the neckline. This is inappropriate for most work places, however this is good for a cocktail party or a night out. For this, I paired metallic shoes and clutch for an added dressy touch, and then for color I went with bold, cocktail jewelry. I love turquoise with black and coral looks nice as well.
This set is to illustrate that shoes, jewelry, and purses aren't the only things that can change a whole look. Make-up, hair styles and nail polish can all change the look of anything. For this set, I thought of old Hollywood glamour. I went with diamond jewels, big, voluminous hair, red accessories, and a classic Chanel quilted bag. Adding these red accents can be classic with a twist of sexy. Great for date night, or even a wedding or cocktail party.
How do you style your LBD? What look is your favorite? Have a fabulous day!!