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Why The Little Black Dress Is Still The Best

Why The Little Black Dress Is Still The Best

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Women for the rest of time will have Coco Chanel to thank for the little black dress. Shrouding yourself in black will always have an impact. It’s mysterious, seductive and powerful. With a little well-planned flash of flesh at the same time, you’ll make an impact when you enter any room.

Black is slimming

Black recedes. This means that it will make you look both slimmer and taller. It’s flattering on all body types.

It’s versatile

You can make a black dress fit any occasion. You can make it casual with a pair of boots and a denim jacket. Or, you can make it the classiest outfit you own by pairing it with extravagant heels and a show-stopping clutch.

It is neutral

You can wear absolutely any colour with black. As black is the complete optical absence of colour it’s impossible for any other shade to clash with it. This means that you can go wild with any accessories, handbags or shoes.

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High contrast

If you have a special piece of statement jewelry to wear, black will provide the perfect backdrop. Your jewelry won’t be lost in patterns and other bright colours.

Here are our favourite ways to sport a little black dress.

Black as night

How about going head to toe in black? This is an elegant and chic look. Combine different fabrics, such as velvet, lace, silk and cotton to give your outfit a standout look. You could go gothic with black lipstick, vamp with dark purples and deep, blood reds.

Black and red

If you go for an all black ensembles, brighten up with a red handbag and bright red lipstick. Black and red is such a classic look that you will draw comparisons to the stunning film stars of the 50s.

Metallics

If you aren’t feeling gothic vamp or 50s classic styles, you might want to consider metallics. You can get some killer heels in gold, silver, copper or bronze tones. Match your makeup to fit the theme. Gold eyeshadows make brown eyes pop, while silvers can be blended with dark grays and blacks to create a sultry smoky eye.

Go nude

Black dresses are most often associated with sex appeal. But you can make them pretty and cute too. Find an adorable pair of nude heels, maybe with mary jane bars or stiletto courts. Nude shoes also have the added benefit of making your legs look really long. If you’re not feeling heels, go for nude pumps or slip on ballerina shoes.

Add a belt

Belts can do wonders when it comes to flattering your figure. Waist cinching belts can make you look like you have the figure of a burlesque dancer. Choose a black belt for a subtle accentuation of your waist. Go for a bright and daring belt if you want to wear it as a statement piece.

Ankle Boots

For a more casual look, pair your little black dress with ankle boots and a denim or leather jacket. Rucksacks and leather satchels are a great accompaniment for this kind of style.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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