I’m of the fashion philosophy that nobody remembers the girl in the little black dress. Now I’m not telling you to get rid of all your LBDs or that every woman shouldn’t have one. There are occasions that blending in is important (i.e. – your boyfriend’s conservative office party) but even then you can still up your game. Mixing textures is the best way to up the ante of the standard LBD. Think a panel of leather, mesh cutout, or suede piping.
And as always, fit is key. Find one that makes your body look fantastic. If it’s not perfect, pass on it or have it professionally tailored. With the laundry list of occasions you will need this dress for, it’s worth it to splurge a little for the perfect dress. Don’t be that that girl in the ill-fitting boring little black dress that you’ll never wear again because you don’t feel hot in it! Here are some suggestions for NOT boring LBDs.
1) House of Eleven HEIDI Leather & Sequins Dress – $284 – A classic shape with fun panels of leather and sequins. The panel on the midsection will also add a slimming effect. BONUS!
2) Lumier Wealthy and Wise Black Dress – $91 – The mesh stripes add an unexpected sexiness to the classic shift dress.
3) Halston Heritage Rose Applique Crepe Dress – $495 – The unique neckline and rose appliques add a little flair to this LBD.
4) GoJane Key-2-The-Kingdom Dress – $36.10 – Velvet adds a bit more dimension than the traditional matte black while the keyhole cutout is just plain sexy.
5) B44 Dressed by Bailey 44 Popcorn Knit Lace Body-Con Dress – $208 – Lace is so feminine and beautiful. This all over textured lace is a perfect update to a Body-Con dress.
6) Adrianna Papell Lace Inset Sheath Dress – $138 – The slimming placement of the lace inset is pure genius! And the fun tiny sleeves add a modern edge.
7) Milly Embellished Tulle & Satin Dress – $385 – This is the epitome of what I’m talking about here. Look at all that texture! Satin, and tulle, and sheer mesh… oh my!
8) Dolce Vita Wallis Laser Cut Faux Leather Dress – $220 – A laser cut faux leather dress is anything but boring.