Its sil­hou­ette has changed over the years, but the supremely chic and ver­sa­tile LBD re­mains a sta­ple in ev­ery woman’s wardrobe. Our #Wethecurvy colum­nist, Mered­ith Shaw, shows us how to take this work­horse from the board­room to the ball­room.

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Three fetch­ing ways to wear the ver­sa­tile lit­tle black dress


Your party dress got a pro­mo­tion. Af­ter the Cham­pagne set­tles, you can wear your LBD to the of­fice and no one will be the wiser. Just add a slightly over­size but well­tai­lored pat­terned blazer (choose one that picks up the black of the dress) and keep your shoes and ac­ces­sories sim­ple and stream­lined. In­ject some edge into this work-ready look by opt­ing for booties in­stead of pumps. Michel Stu­dio BLAZER, $119, ad­di­tionelle.com. GLASSES, clearly.ca. EAR­RINGS, hm.com/ca. BRACELET, an­ntay­lor.com. BRIEF­CASE, tigerof­swe­den.com. BOOTIES, lechateau.com. Find fash­ion to flat­ter ev­ery shape at cana­di­an­liv­ing.com/wethecurvy.

The lit­tle black dress is an es­thetic shape-shifter, un­der­stated yet provoca­tive. Af­fec­tion­ately nick­named the LBD, it has been a trusted friend to women be­cause when we put one on, we feel pow­er­ful and sexy. But you shouldn’t save it for spe­cial soirées. Try tak­ing this sta­ple out of heavy ro­ta­tion on the party cir­cuit and wear it to work. Heck, wear it on the week­end! Look for a great shape with sub­tle de­tails for max­i­mum styling po­ten­tial. week­end An LBD on a Sun­day? Yes, you can! And I’m not talk­ing about your stride of pride home from your Satur­day night. The key to giv­ing it a ca­sual feel­ing is with lay­ers. Throw on a turtle­neck, a long knit duster and your favourite run­ners. In­stantly, you’ve taken your dress from chic to chill. DUSTER, $120, lechateau.com. TURTLE­NECK, $19, and SNEAK­ERS, joe­fresh.com. EAR­RINGS, hm.com/ca. wow Par­ties equal fun, but fig­ur­ing out what to wear to said party— not so much fun. Push the panic aside and reach for an LBD. Choose a bra that gives your as­sets a boost, and be play­ful with your ac­ces­sories to re­ally have your dress make an en­trance. EAR­RINGS and SHOES, lechateau.com. CLUTCH, an­ntay­lor.com.

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