When it comes to classic style, there’s no denying that the Little Black Dress reigns supreme. From Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy showstopper in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Victoria Beckham’s long-term love affair with the look, the LBD is an ever-faithful fashion favourite that never goes out of date.
Queen-of-chic Coco Chanel helped cement the status of the LBD in 1926 when she published an image of a simple black dress in American Vogue, who predicted the look would become a “uniform for all women of taste”.
Since then, the LBD has become the ultimate fashion staple in every woman’s wardrobe and is a guaranteed way to look timeless, chic and elegant.
Plus whether you’re curvy or slender, black is renowned for being figure flattering so it’s win-win!
The LBD is a versatile must-have and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Here, we take one dress and show you how to style it to look like five completely different outfits. Now that’s value for money!
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” Karl Lagerfeld, Head Designer and Creative Director at Chanel
1. Dressed Down Casual
Work a monochrome look by layering your LBD with a Nautical Stripe Jumper which will instantly create a laidback, casual feel – perfect for having lunch with friends or shopping on a Saturday afternoon.
Complete the look with a comfy pair of Yellow Canvas Lace Up Sneakers, a quirky Transparent Large Satchel and a Green Biker Jacket for a youthful splash of colour.
Finally, make sure you’re on time with a Fine Metal Band Watch!
2. Sexy Party Look
Dress up your LBD with statement jewellery such as this Encrusted Pendant Ring and Encrusted Round Pendant Necklace.
Add extra drama and keep warm on your way to the party with a shimmering evening jacket. We’re loving the brocade detail on this Chain Trim Jacquard Jacket which also comes in black.
Accessorise with an Encrusted Design Purse and achieve legs that look like they go on forever with some Suedette Heeled Boots. The neutral tone will help create a streamlined look that is extra slimming.
Finally, don’t forget to bring a Selfie Stick so you can document the fun!
3. Office Chic
Cover bare arms by layering a sheer blouse underneath your LBD. The chocolate shade of this Button Front Chiffon Tunic will go great with black for an understated and chic office look.
Team with a cute Drawstring Mini Padlock Handbag which will complement the neutral colour palette.
4. Androgynous Grunge
LBD’s don’t just have to be pretty and girly. Channel edgy stars like Miley and Rihanna by toughening up the look with a Quilted Bomber Jacket and surreal t-shirt design like this Bonded Print Top.
5. Hippy Folk
Embrace Spring Summer 2015’s 70s trend by bringing some Woodstock styling to your LBD. An Ethnic Woven Kimono Jacket adds texture and is the perfect lightweight cover up if you don’t want to bare arms your arms.
Up the boho factor with a PU Trim Tassel Jacket and team with a pair of knee-high boots for a sexy take on the look. Finally, accessorise with a bag in a soft, muted colour like the Textured Crossbody Bag in dusky pink.