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Fashion trends may come and go, but a little black dress (or LBD) will never go out of style. Made popular by fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, the little black dress is a wardrobe staple every style-conscious woman should have hanging in her closet. Why? The key lies in its versatility.
It doesn’t matter if your taste is traditional, trend-driven, or tomboy, there’s a perfect option for every aesthetic and occasion. You can easily style a little black dress outfit for work, the weekend, and beyond with the right accessories. To show you how we’re breaking down five fail-safe styles so you can find the best LBD to add to your closet.
Never underestimate the power of layering, especially if you’re always on the go. If your schedule is packed with coffee dates, meetings, and that big work dinner, layer a jacket over a little black dress. This number is classy and will flatter a range of body shapes. Not sure which shoes to wear with a little black dress? Try a sensible pair of black boots.
Who says an LBD has to be, well, a dress? To put a spin on this wardrobe classic, consider a chic jumpsuit as an alternative to the little black dress for work. The right option can seamlessly take you from day to night. While a fitted blazer and spacious tote bag will help you put your fashionable foot forward in the boardroom, statement earrings and a pair of block heels will keep you looking sharp long after you clock out. And don’t be afraid to mix prints, as we did here with a plaid blazer and snake-print shoes—the all-black jumpsuit gives you room to play.
Want to make the best-dressed list at the next wedding you go to without blowing your budget? A sheath is the perfect little black dress for wedding occasions. Not only does this style exude a romantic air, but it will also fit nicely into a range of different dress codes. Give your LBD a fresh spin with each wear by swapping out different accessories. Bold earrings and a muted clutch might be perfect for an oceanfront occasion, while a pair of strappy sandals and a gemstone necklace will give this dress an elegant flair.
Just because you’re off duty doesn’t mean your fashion choices should take a backseat during the weekend. A T-shirt dress is ideal for everything from running errands to chasing your kids at the park to meeting friends for brunch. Give this casual little black dress a cool, effortless flair by pairing it with layers of delicate jewellery, a cross-body bag, and some crisp, white sneakers. Throw on the same denim jacket from the outfit above for a casual finishing touch, or if you want to bring this look to your coworking space, add a blazer to the mix.