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The Little Black Dress

Accessorising the ‘lITTLE bLACK dRESS’, Every Girls Wardrobe Essential

Whether you’re an ‘LBD’ diehard, an occasional wearer or even a total newbie to the concept, the proverbial ‘Little Black Dress’ is every girl’s wardrobe essential. I have a closet full of LBD’s, probably more than I will ever get to wear but I honestly can’t resist, and you can never really have too much choice when it comes to picking the perfect outfit for a night out. It’s not by accident that the little black dress is a fashion favourite of women from all corners of the globe. They are easy to wear, always look the part, and you can dress them up or down according to you event. They never fail to flatter no matter what your figure or body type and being black, they are always very forgiving when it comes to making the most of your figure. So being a devoted fan of the LBD look I’d love to share with you my accessorising tips for your next ‘Little Black Dress’ occasion.

To begin, there’s a few simple things to consider; what style and shape is your dress? Is it strapless, halterneck, one shoulder? what length are you going for? and the fabric? What type of event are you going to, a daytime event or a classy, evening affair? In the spirit of the little black dress look, let’s keep things simple and start from the beginning.

#The skater, pleated or flowing dress

If your dress is a skater, pleated, or flowing type day dress, add decorative funky tights or stockings.If it’s a winter or autumn day and the weather is chilly, pair it with ankle boots and a cropped jacket. Accessorise with some jewellery, match a watch or simple bracelet and maybe a pair of stud earrings or these great long skull earrings and some trendy sunglasses. Statement necklaces can add a great touch to a daytime LBD too, especially if it’s a low cut dress or a very simple style and you want to dress it up.

#Formal or Fitted

If your dress is a formal fitted knee length LBD, it will usually have capped sleeves or straps and generally won’t be very low-cut across the bust, so you’ll need a simple, delicate chain with a small pendant, Add a tasteful pair of diamond or pearl stud earrings, and medium heeled courts. This is your office or formal LBD look and can look as good as evening wear if you choose the right fit for your figure. I have a gorgeous one from Zara.com that I wear with tights when it’s cold and either heels or my shoespie knee- high boots.

#The Nighttime LBD

And now for the really fun part, The nighttime LBD! If you have a knee-length strapless LBD, like my velvet one from H&M, pair it with long earrings something like the ones below, or even a single, long, decorative statement earring, patent black high stilettos, clutch bag and perhaps a cashmere shawl. To add a touch of mystery, match your ensemble with a pair of cropped leather gloves like the ones featured from matsugloves.com

#The Strappy LBD

For the strappy LBD, like this one from axparis.com, you could add a gold, or silver and black thick bracelet for a touch of drama, like the one below from staticjewellery.com, some strappy sandles would be perfect with this, or try these pointed bow ankle strap stilettos from ustrendy.com. I wear my hair loose and flowing with an outfit like this.

#The halterneck LBD

If you have a halterneck LBD, like this gorgeous velvet dress from missguided, you are going to need a statement piece such as a bracelet, clutch or chain strap bag and really high stilettos which will elongate those pins. Pair it with some fabulously daring earrings and you are ready for your dazzle your audience a really classy and feminine look!

#The Strapless Leather LBD

Finally, one of my all-time favourites, a strapless, black leather dress. Nothing beats a dress like this in my opinion! Add a silver or gold bangle, or a thick leather bracelet for more of a rock-chick persona. Choose a really good choker, this is a must-have for your jewellery collection. I have a velvet one from jujugoddessjewels.com with a rose in the centre and I absolutely adore it. Looks amazing and is even sweeter to think it only cost me $10! – amazing value for what it is.
To complete this outfit, perch yourself upon some killer, rocker heels! Think Iron Fist; Something with studs, zips or even a metal heel!
You can find really funky don’t-mess-with-me heels on hadesfootwear.com, heels that say ‘yes, I’ve arrived and I mean business!’
I also love to wear a quiff in my hair with my leather strapless dress, it really complements the outfit and completes the look perfectly.

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