The little black dress is a timeless classic. Every woman simply must have this chic go-to garment in her closet. When you’re wearing one, you never have to worry about being unfashionable—because they’re always in style. A little black dress is a classic choice, a sassy choice, and a flattering choice. They’re slimming and look great—whether you’re a size 6 or 16! Find one that looks great on you and you’re sure to look polished and pretty.

The LBD is not a specific style of dress, but an idea of an ideal versatile dress. It is often thought of in terms of slinky simplicity. It revolves around the concept that everyone looks good in black. Little black dresses come in styles and sizes that compliment women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. It’s the perfect choice, because you can wear it to a formal cocktail party or dress it down, and wear it to a causal dinner with friends. Add stunning yet simple jewelry and sheer hose to make your LBD very formal. Darker hosiery and the addition of a jacket will make your little black dress appropriate for more causal occasions.

Coco Channel introduced the little black dress (LBD) to the world of women’s fashion in 1926, with a simple yet elegant sheath, in black crêpe de Chine, with long, narrow sleeves, worn with a string of white pearls. Although the LBD has undergone changes in hem lines, straps and fabrics throughout the years, they have never gone out of style.

Take your time finding your perfect little black dress. If you find a classic cut, that flatters your figure, you’ll want to wear it every day. Finding it does not need to be daunting. The media tells us that we must be tall, long legged and incredibly thin to wear a LBD. That’s nonsense. All you have to do is find one that’s right for your body type. Here’s how to do it:

Women with an hour glass figure usually look best in dresses with V necks and an A-line skirt. Women with an apple shape should not accentuate their upper halves. Instead, they should concentrate on accentuating their waist lines with a fitted or pencil skirt. Women with athletic figures should accentuate their hips with belts, empire shape dresses and scoop or v-necks. Pear shaped women look best in dresses with well-fitted tops and skirts that fall straight from the hips, creating a minimizing visual effect. If you want to hide your waistline, bring attention to your hips. If you want to hide your arms, use a scarf as a wrap.

How you accessorize your dress will change its look dramatically. To add a little pizzazz wear leather boots with heels and a matching hand bag and put on some bangles or over-sized jewelry. If you’re planning a special night, a simple strand of pearls is all you need to look elegant. If you want to look even more classic, try an up hairdo with a fancy pearl hair piece.

There are endless ways to wear your little black dress. Experiment; add a belt, some strappy shoes, and tights for cold winter days, or satin elbow length gloves for a glamorous effect. Follow these tips and you’re sure to look like a million bucks.

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