Style Advice of the Week: Little Black Dress Revisited

Style Advice of the Week

Coco Chanel once said that “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. It seemed she was helping a girl out when, in 1920, she introduced the little black dress as a multipurpose and affordable solution. Today its legacy carries on as a staple in women’s wardrobes. Wearing a little black dress allows a woman to be as simple or outrageous as she chooses to be. Whether your goal is to find the perfect one or to accessorize the one you own, the key is to be true to your style.

Find your perfect fit. The selling point of the little black dress is that it’s so versatile. Comfort is everything, which means that it doesn’t have to be “little” or “short”. When you find the length that fits your style (in this Fashionista’s case a thigh length BCBGMAXAZRIA jersey dress), take a gander at the different fabrics. There are so many options available that finding one should not be a problem.

Choose accessories that suit the occasion. Keep in mind that no matter how classic the design, a few accessories will always be needed to stray from the boring. Just keep in mind that different occasions call for different add-ons. For instance, keep the sparkles for a cocktail party (tennis bracelet, diamond studs or a paillette clutch) and for a dinner party opt for pearl studs, a long colorful beaded strand or a statement belt.

Warm it up. Keep in mind that the weather leans more towards the chilly end of the spectrum so don’t hesitate to play around with silk scarves and wraps. While these accessories could be seen as strictly reserved for evening wear, if thrown over a LastCall cropped jacket or cardigan, it can work anytime.

Find the right shoes for you. When I think of the LBD I tend to picture a bright hued pump or a tall black boot paired with colorful tights. While those options are great, keep in mind that booties and flats are also a viable option. The only time I like to match my lip color to my shoe color is if it’s a bright red. Because the dress is monochromatic, try to have at least two complementary statement pieces.

After all is said and done, the biggest advice to be give is to work it! The LBD’s power is that it allows the wearer to portray exactly what she is feeling. So if you are feeling confident and ready to conquer the world, the whole world will feel it. Get your own at Charlotte Russe.

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