With the holiday season in full force, there is no doubt an endless list of parties and other festivities to attend. While these parties are fun and filled with laughter, good food, and dear friends, there is an element of stress involved. I can’t wear that dress again– I’ve worn it twice last week! I need to wear another dress because so-and-so was at the party two nights ago and they’ll be there tonight! With these kinds of conundrums, many women have opted for the little black dress year after year and although we have seen other festive colours like red, purple, or blue in the last few years, there is nothing quite like the LBD to avoid being seen at multiple parties in the same dress. The LBD is the best solution in its flexibility and versatility to become a different dress depending on the accessories. Accessories are a whole other story and what I want to focus on today is how to find an updated and modern LBD to avoid looking like you’re attending a funeral instead of a holiday gathering.
- Length: traditionally, LBD were at the knee or just above/below it. Opt for a slightly shorter length and higher heels for a sexier feel or go longer for a more demure look.
- Fabric: I don’t even know where to begin with this one! Don’t stick to the boring jersey (although it is a very figure-flattering fabric!). Try something new with silk, lace, leather paneling, satin, taffeta, or a combination of fabrics. Mixing fabrics breaks up the black, gives you character, and interesting texture.
- the Hilary Swank effect: Remember the long, navy Guy Laroche dress Hilary Swank donned for the Oscars in 2005? The long sleeves, high neck, and floor-length dress was modesty at its best until she turned around and you were knocked out by the plunging back. Similarly, find a LBD that is demure up front and a little naughty in the back.
- Details: Corsages, sequins, ruffles, pleats, ruches– these are all essential in today’s LBD. They will give your dress the polish and finish it needs all the while flattering your body.Haute Hippie Mesh Paillette Dress, $695BR Monogram bow dress | Banana Republic, $225Sparkle & Fade Knit Bow Back Dress, $48BCBGMAXAZRIA – DRESSES: LITTLE BLACK DRESS: STRAPLESS COCKTAIL DRESS, $378ASOS | ASOS Folded Flower Shift Dress at ASOS, $103Easy Corset Slip at Free People Clothing Boutique, $68
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