A True Classic: Our Guide To The Little Black Dress

guide to the little black dress

It’s time we took a deeper look into the little black dress, the saviour of any wardrobe. Not all heroes wear capes, but this dress is a life saver. It’s the classic ‘oh-this-old-thing’ style, and something we fell in love with nearly 100 years ago. Here’s our guide to the Little Black Dress.

What Is A Little Black Dress?

An LBD (a little black dress) is a term used to describe a classic black dress that is perfect for any time. The LBD is usually a dress that is a go-to style for any party or special occasion.

The Timeline of the Little Black Dress

historical timeline of the little black dress

Types Of Little Black Dresses

There are four popular types of little black dresses. Think of these as the main styles, the ones that we come back to time and time again for our LBD fix.

  1. Long Sleeve Black Dress – A long sleeve dress is perfect for work, so try a knitted number for added warmth and comfort. If you want an LBD that’ll take you places (like the bar at happy hour) this batwing dress is the one for you.
  2. Lace Black Dress – A classic take that is always a winner, lace detailing is the ideal feminine take on the black dress. A style like this lace midi dress is a wardrobe staple that you’ll end up reaching for time and time again.
  3. Bodycon Black Dress – A bodycon black dress is an effortlessly sexy take on the classic style. This bardot style will show off your curves and have you looking as iconic as Audrey Hepburn in no time.
  4. Black Skater Dress – A black skater dress switches up the LBD with a touch of playfulness. This jasmine lace skater style is easy to dress up or down, just add some heeled boots.four types of little black dresses

Styling Guide for the Little Black Dress

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The perfect black dress for the next prom queen

From boujee events to high school proms, a black dress will have you covered. This Ingrid maxi evening dress works well with a clutch bag and comes with confidence to boot. A fishtail silhouette and floor skimming length will have you bagging the prom queen title you deserve. Remember, an LBD doesn’t necessarily have to be a mini – it’s all about the attitude you wear it with.

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A silky black maxi dress is ideal to wear to prom

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A Little Black Dress to wear to *that* special event

This is the sort of black dress a Bond girl wouldn’t look out of place in. Serve it with some flashy statement earrings and killer heels. 

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A bodycon velvet black dress will turn heads at evening events

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A show-stopping Little Black Dress to parties & cocktail hour

A black dress is a classic go to party style. This sequin mini dress is a sophisticated take on sparkle. Let your dress do the talking and style with red lipstick, minimal jewellery and a fancy cocktail. When your wardrobe needs some extra shine, a sequin LBD will do just the trick.

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Bring the sparkle to the party with a sequin black mini dress

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Keep warm in a casual Little Black Dress on the weekend

A black jumper dress is the comfy-girl version of chic. This jumper dress comes in a ribbed simple knit, with an added jumper to layer on top. Wear with some slouchy boots or trainers for those days you don’t want to leave the house.

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Snuggle up over the weekend in a knitted black dress and jumper set

Can A Little Black Dress Ever Be Casual?

We’re going to go cliche on you, but you really can wear an LBD for any occasion. No really. You’ve got the classic and simple strappy bodycon styles but you’ve got the equally as classic knitted styles. These knitted styles are a perfect casual choice, or opt for a minimal dress that can be dressed up or down with boots and a jacket.

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