Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Guide To Buying The Little Black Dress

If there’s one dress style that every girl should own, then it’s the classic Little Black Dress. The Little Black Dress, or LBD as it’s affectionately known, is a wardrobe staple that women turn to for a confidence boost and a guaranteed stylish look.

If you’re on the hunt for your first LBD, or perhaps after a style update on your current one, here is a look at some of the most popular black dresses currently available at

The peplum

If you don’t know the peplum style by name, you will most certainly know it by sight. This style of skirt, dress and top has swept the high streets like a plague and despite many fashion trends turning out to be flops, this one does have its merits.

The peplum creates a streamlined, tailored look by providing a well fitted dress with a frill at the hips. The style has been adopted by all manner of clothing items – from skirts and dresses to longer tops.

The frill of fabric is excellent for concealing the troublesome hip region, but be sure to avoid the frill looking too much like a bedspread. Also, be mindful of the length of your skirt, with the classic peplum look of the catwalks featuring knee length skirts and an ankle boot which radically cuts the length of your leg.

 A stiletto or court shoe is much more flatting if paired with an above the knee skirt.

The lace top

Lace has been the fabric of choice for a few seasons now, probably since the meteoric rise of Miss Middleton as a style guru. However, lace has proven to be the saving grace for a number of styles, with the delicate finish offering a more feminine slant.

Lace top dresses are a beautiful way of discreetly showing a bit more skin and feminising a black dress. Black dresses do immediately lend themselves to a more corporate look and the lace detail helps to classify it as more casual, out-of-office attire.

The tunic

Little Black Dresses don’t need to be the clothing of choice for the femme fatal. Pulling the LBD out of the cupboard doesn’t signal less fabric or less comfortable attire. If you’re not happy with a tight fitting frock, tunic styles are a looser option that still can show off a bit of leg, if you so desire.

If you have opted for more material, consider a volumised batwing for a fun 80s look, or add a bit of decoration with a bow detail.

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  1. Great post!!

    Really great inspirations I recently bought my little black dress @ Topshop

    Hope to see you back on mine for a peek :)



  2. This is the perfect guide to finding a lbd!!
    You did a great job:]
    PS; Happy Halloween!!

  3. I love the tunic! Xo

  4. The tunic is perfect, I'm a sucker for the 80's so I'll take your advice. And peplums are so chic; love this post!

  5. What a great post! I really love the tunic.

  6. And to think I used to hate Black. I mean I wear alot of color, but I now appreciate the simplicity and beauty of a black dress. nice picks.

  7. We have so many VINTAGE LBD's in our store at the moment - Lara and I own at least 3 of them each - they are a must have wardrobe staple.

  8. Love these choice ideas! It's good to keep LBDs interesting so we don't blend in with everyone else wearing theirs, haha


  9. You mean the little sexy black dress, right??
    Back makes everything hot!!

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  11. Interesting and very inspiring these pictures.

  12. of all the LBDs i own, i still need to find one with a peplum!

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    Let me know!


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