Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: The Little Black Dress

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Yes, the little black dress is a cliche, but for good reason. It’s so ubiquitous that we often downplay its significance, but there is perhaps no item in a woman’s wardrobe that combines glamour and versatility as effortless as the LBD. And fortunately, unlike a few of the items on this list, a perfect little black dress is relatively easy to find. The ideal little black dress, the one you will reach for day after night, should possess the following qualities:

1. Simple: While I am typically a more-is-better type of girl, your go-to little black dress should be a blank canvas for maximum versatility. But simple doesn’t mean boring. With restraint comes the need for immaculate tailoring.

2. Flattering, mais oui. More on this below.

3. Versatile: The perfect little black dress works with a jacket to the office, with pearls for dinner, and with your favorite ballet flats for a day of running errands.

Extra points if it doesn’t require intricate underwear or frequent fiddling. 😉

Here, my picks for the most flattering little black dresses for your body type:

Style Dial #1 (proportional in hips and shoulders, defined waist)

A v-neck style, such as a wrap, is gorgeous on this type.

"Little Black Dress: Style Dial #1" by nadam1 on Polyvore

Little black dresses from Diane von Furstenberg and Banana Republic.

Style Dial #2: Sheaths and shifts are great options for this style, as are fuller-skirted dresses. Details and interest at the top are very flattering for this body type.

"Little Black Dress: Style Dial #2" by nadam1 on Polyvore

Black dresses starting at $15.

Style Dial #3: Create definition at the waist with ruching and draping. Bias cut, drop waist and v-necks are all flattering on this type.

"Little Black Dress: Style Dial #3" by nadam1 on Polyvore

Little black dresses for $50 and up.

 

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