Its with good reason that the little black dress (or LBD) has become such an iconic piece of womens clothing; its simply the most versatile item of clothing there is! Follow these top tips to get three completely different looks for different occasions.
What type of LBD to buy
The following advice will work with nearly all styles of little black dress, but some styles are more versatile than others. A knee length style will give you the most mileage as you can wear it for both daytime and evening occasions. If you get anything too short and sexy then it wont be suitable for more formal events or for the office. Most sleeve styles are suitable as you can easily add a shrug or cardigan but avoid strapless and strappy numbers as they cant be worn for smart occasions. Your best bet is a sleeveless style with a solid shoulder/ very wide shoulder strap. When it comes to neckline, choose your preference, but remember you can always layer a camisole underneath to dress-down a low neck, but if you get a high neckline it will be hard to glam it up. You also need to make sure that the shape suits you so if you go in at the middle make sure your dress does too!
Casual day or relaxed office
For the perfect smart-casual look simply slip on a cardigan, opaque tights and a pair of knee boots. A wrap cardigan is ideal if you are an hourglass shape as it will keep your waist on show. Alternatively, layer a sleeveless dress over a three quarter sleeve top in a light stretchy fabric of a contrasting colour. Go for bright colours to liven up your LBD, either with your cardi or your tights but not both!