WHAT IS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS?
For the last century, little black dresses have been a wardrobe essential that is not only versatile but perfect for any occasion. A little black dress ( lbd ) is also referred to a black evening dress or black cocktail dress and more than likely will have a hemline that hits above the knee. Coco Channel in the 1920s has been credited with creating the little black dress. Published in American Vogue in 1926, it featured a straight silhouette, long sleeves, and the hemline ended at the calves. Think of a little black dress as a foundation and with just this one piece of clothing you can create multiple looks with different accessories for any occasion or event you are attending. What makes the little black dress an essential wardrobe piece is that with this classic style of dress easily transition from daytime wear to evening wear with just a switch of accessories.
Pictured: Own The Night Black Lace Strapless Skater Dress
HOW TO STYLE A LITTLE BLACK DRESS
There are no rules when it comes to styling an lbd. Being a neutral color, black pairs amazing with any and everything which means you can be as conservative or bold as you want when you style a black dress. For brunch, afternoon weddings or really any daytime event pair this timeless look with colorful accessories like pink ankle strap heels, bold colored jewelry or vibrant handbags. Cocktail parties, reunions, fundraisers or just a night out call for accessories that add a formal flair to your ensemble. Pair with accessories that add some sparkle and shine. Rhinestone embedded earrings and bracelets are the perfect touch and finish off your look with a handbag that will have you shining throughout the night.
Pictured: Perfect Evening Black Lace High Low Maxi Dress
HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT LITTLE BLACK DRESS
There are definitely no rules when it comes to picking the perfect little black dress for you. However, we have seen our fair share if lbd throughout the years and we definitely have some tips for you. First, always choose a classic silhouette. This way you can easily transition from wearing it during the day or night. We would even suggest to take it a step further and choose multiple little black dresses. One that is more conservative for the office, formal evenings out with family or even to attend a funeral. Then, choose one for daytime parties, walks on the boardwalk or running errands on the weekend. Girls night out, date nights and cocktail parties call for an edgy yet sexy little black dress.
Pictured: Pass The Champagne Black Sequin Bodycon Dress
LITTLE BLACK DRESSES WITH DIFFERENT SLEEVE LENGTHS
Not all LBD are created equal and that means that you need to pick the right dress for the right occasion. Strapless, halter and off the shoulder little black dresses are perfect for the summertime and warm weather vacations. Cold shoulder, cap sleeve, and one sleeve shoulder dresses are the perfect option for spring and fall weather. Long sleeve and three-quarter sleeve little black dresses are wardrobe essentials for the winter.
Pictured: Unforgettable Evening Black Lace Silk Shift Dress
LITTLE BLACK DRESSES SOLE MATE!
The perfect shoes complete your look when you are shopping for little black dresses online. Always in style and trendy is to pair little black dresses with a polished black pump. For a more casual setting or if you are wearing the dress during the day try pairing with boots or sneakers. If you are feeling edgy and want to try a more daring formal look, try a bold colored heel. Perfectly matched are heels in blue and purple but red is always a timeless choice.
Pictured: A Day In The Life Black Embroidered Halter Skater Dress