The Classic LBD (Little Black Dress)

It's Saturday night, it's time to party, and you realize you have no clothes to wear.

You have two hundred dresses in your wardrobe, but none of them work, and your best friend hasn’t returned your favorite. Instead of getting into a panic, turn to the solution for all occasions - the little black dress.

Yes, it is a cliché, the little black dress. But find me a better way to be sexy? Show it off right. And you will have the right type of men falling over you.

What is the LBD?

A little black dress is a short black cocktail or evening dress with a simple and feminine design. The consensus is that it must be simple. Simplicity equates to the versatility that allows you to wear it everywhere. 

A little black dress is a short black cocktail or evening dress with a simple and feminine design. The consensus is that it must be simple. Simplicity equates to the versatility that allows you to wear it everywhere.

A black dress that follows a specific trend will date as fashion matures. It does not qualify as an LBD, which is timeless.

The  Oxford Dictionary defines the dress as a woman’s short or medium-length black dress that is suitable for almost any social engagement - and we agree.

Why is the LBD Important?

Fashion experts say the little black dress is a closet staple — the single dress every woman needs in their wardrobe. 

It is essential because of its minimalism. The best designers in the world declare true style lies in form. Not in embellishments or garish trends. Black is a statement by itself. Its minimalism takes away everything unimportant, leaving itself to appreciate.   

A little black dress symbolizes effortless elegance, simplicity, and style. It is essential for every woman because it is iconic, versatile, and timeless. Wear it as it is, or accessorize with shoes or jewelry. Add layers like a shrug or denim blazer to enjoy style flexibility when you need it most. 

How to Rock an LBD

There are many ways to style your little black dress. Add a chunky necklace to a gallery opening. Or wear it plain for an evening with friends. Take this must-have dress from classic to sexy, from day to night, or casual to dressy with accessories alone. 

  • Need a chic look? Pair your dress with a hint of lace on the neckline. Add sheer black hose for sexy polish. Give your tresses a wavy look for a dose of softness.
  • For a casual outing, wear your dress with sneakers and let your hair down. Add a baseball cap for a sporty look!
  • To accentuate your waist. Add a metal belt along the smallest part. A belt transforms your look, showing off your size.  
  • Put on a motorcycle jacket and leather boots for the naughty girl in you. This edgy look works for a casual evening out or a date.
  • For formal events, wear a statement necklace. A bold chunky necklace is an eye-catching piece for your outfit. Go easy on other accessories to keep the look refined. 

Our favorite dress is a classic, ever since Coco Chanel popularized it in 1926. Whether your body is pear-shaped or curvy, there are different styles to suit you. Wear one to work, to a party, or a gallery opening by changing accessories alone. It's a versatile dress.

Coco Chanel said, “The little black dress is a uniform for all women of taste.” This statement is true. However, it isn't a one-size-fits-all dress. Finding one that matches your body type is the key to flattering your style. 

Pear Shape

If you have a pear-shaped body, your backside and hips are more extensive than your shoulders. And you have a smaller bust line. For this body type, choose a black halter dress. Halters create a balanced look by showing off your shoulders. Your hips look more modest and in proportion to the rest of your body.

Petite

For a petite body, the ideal style is a sheath dress. The elongated and clean shape of a sheath makes you look lean and tall. However, ensure that it falls above your knees. A shorter hem makes your legs longer. If you want texture or prints, choose vertical designs to keep your look fluid. Avoid extensive details like ruffles because they overpower your demure stature.

Apple Shape

The best styles for apple shapes are either empire waist dresses or flared dresses. Empires draw in your waist, making it slimmer. Flared skirts add curves to your lower body. And they emphasize your bodice for a balanced look. 

Curvy

Black is slimming and suits curvy body types. Choose a V-neck dress that draws the eye. And consider skin-tight to show off your lovely curves. A wrap or sheath dress in this style is a good choice. Keep the hemline either above or right below the knee for balance. 

As a general rule, for all body types. Choose a style that shows off your best assets. V-neck or deep plunge styles suit girls with cleavage. Shorter dresses to show off legs. And skin-tight for curvy assets. If you need formal, try a midi length for variation. No matter your body type, there is an LBD for you!

The Little Black Dress is Now Here Forever

The little black dress is a sartorial powerhouse. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion or your mood.

From Hepburn’s Givenchy to those worn by iconic women over the ages. It is the uniform of choice for women from all walks of life, as predicted. It is a closet staple with timeless appeal. Inspiring designers over the years to keep it classic. 

The LBD continues to be a fluid fashion choice in our wardrobes. And a dress we keep in our closets forever. It's go-to in a fashion pinch.

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