When you go from girl to woman, there are certain rites of passage that you need to go through. Who holds your hands through these lessons will change from person to person, but we all learn pretty much the same need-to-know things. How to shave your legs; what makes a bra the perfect fit; how to apply makeup; getting your ears pierced; and, yeah, using tampons. There is one more that needs to be added to this list, though, and that is The Little Black Dress.
Every woman knows just how important having that one little black dress is, and if you don’t yet, then read its short history at www.realsimple.com. It is a staple part of every girl’s wardrobe and knowing what to look for when you buy your first one is as important a lesson to learn as any on this list. However, it is also important to learn how to style your LBD so that it is able to be the sexy little versatile number you were always led to believe.
Get it right and you can wear your little black dress to work, client meetings, lunch dates with colleagues, drinks with friends after work and a late night date with that guy you have crushed on for the past three months. The LBD has long been celebrated as the ultimate foundation piece to have in your closet, and here are our top tips on just how to style it up or down in different ways. Enjoy.
The “Job Interview” LBD
Every girl wants to wear that one piece of clothing that makes them feel safe and fabulous and beautiful and understated when it comes to interview day. Cue the little black dress. Of course, rocking this on its own will seem a little out of place. So, to make it fit the work environment and interview setting, your best bet is to pop a fitted blazer over the top, throw on some Mary Jane’s or black pumps, and then ask your best friend (or more likely your mum) if you can borrow their tote back and go get yourself that job.
The “Evening Glam” LBD
Every girl is going to get a last minute invite to some sort of glamorous event at some stage in their lives, and that is when your LBD will become your best friend in the whole wide world. To make sure you dress it up appropriately, all you need to do is pick the right accessories. Don’t worry, just three will do. So, take a breath, stop panicking about the fact you have nothing to wear to that art gallery where the editor of Vogue is speaking and grab your brightest and highest heels, your clutch bag that is covered in sequins and that statement necklace you bought a few months ago but haven’t dared wear yet. Voila, the easiest evening outfit you’ve ever pulled together.
The “Epitome Of Cool” LBD
Your LBD has the ability to become the coolest item in your closet if you know what other ingredients are needed. Your first port of call needs to be your footwear, in which only sneakers will do. Actually, scratch that. Only a pair of Adidas Originals will do, which you can snap up on www.theiconic.com.au. The next thing you need is a bomber jacket, preferably something with a bold print or some patches emblazoned across it. If it is a bit chilly out, then throw a hoodie on beneath your bomber and pull a slouch-beanie down over your head. And there we have it, everything you need to be the coolest chick in class.
The “Fall Is Here” LBD
Fall is always an awkward time for the LBD because it tends to get left in the closet as you wait for the holiday season. However, we think fall is the perfect time to rock your little black dress. Yes, it is a little colder, but with a camel-slash-beige colored trench coat, red plaid scarf and a pair of knee-high riding boots you’ll have a look so refined, polished and timeless people will think you’ve stepped off the pages of Town & Country or something. Yeah, this look has been in vogue for a long time and it will be around for a long time to come.
The “Casual Lunch” LBD
All it takes is a quick pairing of your LBD with another staple item in your closet – the denim jacket – to create the ultimate in casual lunch date attire. Just finish this look off with a nice pendant necklace, some comfy ankle boots, and a cross-body satchel – or even a backpack – and you will be good to go.