[Essentials] The Little Black Dress

This is hardly ground breaking news, but I've decided a little black dress is the bee to my honey when it comes to fashion essentials. The truth is I've never really had one and when sorting out my wardrobe this week I realised there is a rather epic hole in my closet... Which needs to be filled. ASAP.

for spanish style LBDs like Miroslava Duma try here and here

Shape wise, it totally depends on your figure.  I have to be fitted at the top as my waist is my thinnest part. I love, love, love scuba necklines as they are so slimming across the shoulders and also make my boobs look perter (I asked my stylist friend, and she agreed, so it's not just me going mad).  The colour is perfect, no-one looks rubbish in it. Even very pale skinned people can do a "Cate Blanchett" and look very erm, pale and interesting.

for tunic/shift style LBDs like this try here and here

Short dresses aren't just for your teens, I've found that my ideal length for a dress is about 5 inches above my knee (because above that, it all goes a bit wrong and I start to resemble a blancmange) - if longer than that I need to be careful because it actually makes me look really chunky, I was blessed with my Dad's calves and small feet which doesn't help me in the proportion stakes.

What I love is that they can be worn all the time.  Black looks great in summer with coloured heels (particularly the Italian themed ones, think Dolce and Gabbana advert) for a lunch or with sandals for flapping around town. On the reverse, you can't really beat a LBD for a party and I've never seen a friend in one that hasn't had it commented on - absolute fail safe. I want to find my "I have nothing to wear, so I'm wearing this" dress, and quick...

for long and simple LBDs try classics like here and here

When I've been shopping for mine, I've looked at the clothes I already have and what makes me feel good - basically I'm looking for the same silhouette as when I wear my pencil skirts and scuba tops and vest tops. Or on the flip side, sixties style long sleeved shapes (like this one) make me feel like dancing around the room like a twit. I'm willing to invest in this, and by invest I mean around the £250 mark.  I really do believe I'll be in it for years (until of course my inner Gwyneth comes out and I shrink to a size 6 and live on kale chips by the sea, which is a day in my life I am yet to be convinced will never happen).

Here are some special finds on the investment side of things: I recently discovered Halston Heritage and am hastily awaiting the arrival of my first of their dresses.  If you're after something sleek and simple at around the £200 mark, look no further than them. You can also find a great selection of their dresses at The Outnet. Classics wise, designers like Calvin Klein are perfect. This dress screams yes, and so it should for the price. Victoria Beckham also has a lot to offer you for this kind of thing, like this. For something a little more fierce, brands like Rag and Bone are perfect. This dress at Net A Porter is beautiful and could easily be a daytime piece as much as for a night on the tiles.

for long sleeved LBDs try here and here

On the high street there are some great options too.  Black is a colour you can often wrong, and when done cheaply looks like a blue/black rather than proper black.  Always try and find a navy item in a store and put it up against a black one - will show you the true colour (ideally put both next to a pale/white piece).  Shape is crucial but the high street are doing this really well at the moment - after that, it's all about fabric. As always, steer clear of the polyester.

for jersey maxi dresses try here and here

First stop, ASOS. If I am ever trying out a style for the first time I always go here first. For example, if you want to try out the maxi-dress look (like above) then this one is great for £30. For a short sleeve version this is a no brainer. This spanish style dress (like Miroslava Duma's in the first picture) is a bargain for £22. Topshop have some great options, and if the price doesn't sell this dress to you - let the photo of Cara Delevingne in it do it for you instead. Or, this one for £22 is a great starting piece if you want to test the shape of a fitted dress for the first time (ps, I bet you will love the scuba neckline - it's faultless).

Whistles are great for this kind of thing and are a nice premium high street option, meaning lower prices than designer but excellent quality for your £. They actually have a great option in the sale, this one is reduced from £395 to £95! New season wise, this classic swing dress is fantastic and I challenge any shape not to look good in it... Lastly, if you're after something more contemporary make COS your friend.  Their Scandi-sleek LBD options are outstanding: here and here. Enjoy!


Aida said...

Love Miroslava Duma!! Pretty a new inspiration post on my blog about special events hairstyles!! I hope you like it!! Kisses!! :)


A Girl, A Style said...

For me, the LBD is the *ultimate* wardrobe essential! I have about 4 that I go to whenever I don't know what else to wear, and amazingly they seem to work for every occasion from casual weekend brunch to the office to glam fashion events.

B xx

pinkqueen said...

Love 3,5!!!I love the style❤❤❤


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