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.
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.