The little black dress is like the Charlize Theron of the fashion world: incredibly versatile and always stylish. And while you don’t need to completely obliterate your savings when buying one, this is a piece that’s worth investing in.
LBD #1: Short & Chic
Our first suggestion is to look for something that emphasizes the little in LBD. Every girl should own a short black dress—maybe strapless, maybe not—that’s flirty and flattering. This simple dress can prove to be a perfect base for adding things to change it up from occasion to occasion. You can accessorize the versatile piece with anything from a big statement necklace to a contrast blazer or a faux fur chubby jacket, and no one will ever know that you've worn it before.
LBD #2: Classic With A Twist
If you already have your short-and-chic LBD sorted, consider investing in at least one structured, sophisticated, and polished black dress that you will have for years to come. This dress should feel a smidge more conservative and a style that consistently looks good on you, regardless of trends. Ideally, this LBD should work equally well at the office or on a fancier date.
LBD #3: Dramatic Shapes
Since black is universally chic and flattering, feel free to try out new silhouettes and shapes. Think: a swingy shift dress, long slip dress or a tea-length frock. Play with fabrications like lace, velvet, or even leather, and feel free to embrace trends and play with proportions, whether that’s through interesting details, long sleeves, or unexpected embellishments. This type of LBD is best when a black dress feels appropriate for the occasion, but you still want to feel unique and stylish.
LBD #4: Custom-Fit
Chances are you already have a wonderful LBD in your closet that could use a little freshening up. Instead of buying something new, just take your tried and true piece to your tailor. Would taking the hemline up or down look more flattering on your leg? Would that long-sleeved dress feel fresher with three-quarter sleeves or no sleeves at all? Work with your tailor to refine your dress and make it perfect for you. After all, flawless fit is always in style!