There are two things we love most about little black dresses. Of course there’s the fact that they’re utterly timeless. Secondly, their specifications are slim – the rules only state that they be little and black. That leaves a lot of room for customisation. Tight waist, no waist, wrap-around – there’s a style to suit every body shape and then some, reaffirming our steadfast belief that you really can never have too many.Choosing the right LBD
The most important thing when selecting a little black dress is finding a style that accentuates your best features. Here are some of our favourite little black dress styles to bring out the best in your figure.
Even with their strappy nature, halter dresses aren’t just for summer. In fact, they’re a year-round staple. Halter dresses are all about showing off your shoulders and can work particularly well for women with wider top halves that want to break things up. They’re also fabulous for anyone with a fuller figure, allowing them to show a little skin while keeping the emphasis up top.
At the same time, they’re also good for creating the illusion of a waist if you have more of an even figure. Opt for one with some extra detailing to add interest, such as this universally flattering monochrome style from Tu at Sainsbury's.
The wrap dress is exactly as it sounds – taking the form of a dress that closes at the front by wrapping it around one side of your body and attaching at the waist. The characteristic V-shaped neckline makes it especially flattering for women with fuller busts or an hourglass shape, as this dress style has been known to accentuate your curves.
You can spot a shift dress by the characteristic darts at the bust and the long, even lines that give it a somewhat shapeless shape. Think of the bold-printed frocks from the 1960s, made famous by iconic British model Twiggy.
Shift dresses are especially perfect for women with fuller figures as they tend to fall away from the body while still accentuating your shoulders and legs. They’re also great for petite women as the long lines can help to elongate your figure.
Dresses with an empire waist follow the same general rules of those with an A-line shape, but with the waist hiked up to just below the bust. From there, they extend outwards in a long and loosely-fitting bodice. Empire waists work wonders for defining a waistline, so if you’re sporting a curvier figure this style is sure to work well.
The world of little black dress styles is vast and varied - which style is your favourite?
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