The little black dress became a fashion statement in the 1920's. Championed by Coco Chanel this classic piece can turn a girl into whirlwind until she finds one that fits and flatters her body just right. When buying a Little Black Dress (LBD), fit and style trump pieces as this timeless item will be worn many times and in so many ways which helps justify the splurge. Think of it this way: The cost divided by the number of times worn should equal priceless. With so many variations here are some key points to consider when searching for your LBD:
1. Dress for your body type:
Petite - Dresses that hit at the knee will help you look taller.
Curvy - Form fitting to highlight curves or A-line to slim and flatter
Top Heavy - V- necks are most flattering, Turtle necks will only add weight to the neck and chest area.
Straight - Fuller skirts to help play up a more feminine shape.
2. Fit is important
Nothing too tight or too shiny. You should be comfortable enough to dance and eat in this dress. Choose the best material when possible, since they are not all created equally. You want your LBD to last through the holiday season and all year round. Body-Con dresses made out of a mixture rayon, nylon and spandex will flatter most body types.
3. Accessorize! accessorize! accessorize!
Think of your LBD a blank canvas that can be accessorized. Try being bold by adding a 'pop' of color with jewelry or accompany your LBD with a pair of stilettos. Simply put: Make sure your accessories (and your LBD for that matter) show off your best assets.
Whether you're going out with the girls or have a formal event the LBD can be a great go-to outfit. It's a versatile piece that should be a staple in any woman's wardrobe. It has been said that you only need one, but for me I think a minimum of two is better because you know; a girl has got to have her options.