Every woman needs a little black dress in their wardrobe, no excuses. These classic frocks can work for many occasion, hence their popularity, and can be found to fit any body shape and budget. If you fancy buying yourself a new LBD, here’s a guide to the 5 main styles:
The Bodycon Midi
Let’s start with a classic cut, the body-hugging knee-length midi. This sophisticated style of little black dress is flattering, creating a wonderful hour glass figure, but it doesn’t show too much flesh. This fit of dress is great for elongating the body, creating a slimmer silhouette without the loss of curves. Bodycon midi dresses can be bought in plain black cotton or jersey, black velvet or with lace embellishments, like lace back panels or three-quarter length lace sleeves. Bodycon dresses can also feature an interesting peplum feature, which adds a high-fashion feel to an otherwise simple cut.
Ok, so it’s not really ‘little’, but a black full-length maxi dresses is still a classic ladies fashion purchase. Choose from cleavage enhancing halter-necks or an elegant funnel-neck with racy slit skirt. Maxi dresses can swamp those with a petite figure so are best suited to the taller lady. Jewels and beads are a popular embellishment around the neck of a black maxi dress.
The Skater Dress
If you want a mini-skirt style LBD, then take a look at the playful swishy skirts of skater dresses. Little black skater dresses have an elegant body-con fit on the upper body and a relaxed, free moving short skirt on the bottom. Again, skater dresses can feature lace detailing in cut out panels or around the neckline. Skater dresses are commonly sleeveless. If you’re looking for a casual black dress, Skater dresses can be worked with leggings and jacket. Sleeveless blouse style skater dresses are also available for a casual vibe.
The Monochrome Print
When you don’t want to go all out black, try the next best thing, Monochrome print. Monochrome mixes white and black in range of fascinating geometric patterns; from simple stripes to crazy checks and intricate Aztec prints. Monochrome prints can now be found on most fits of little black dress including bodycon and maxi.
The Prom Dress
If you’re not keen on tightly fitting dresses, the Prom dress style LBD offers a little more structure. With a corset style bust and a big puffy skirt, these frocks are reminiscent of retro prom dresses from American high-school movies (think Grease). Prom Dresses often have under-bust details like ribbons or belts and the skirt itself can commonly be made of netting. If you want a dress that’s youthful and feminine, the Prom Dress is the one to choose.
New Look are a retailer of value fashion apparel, the second largest womenswear retailer in the UK, with over 1,000 stores worldwide. Whether you want to buy a new little black dressor a glamorous pair of heels, New Look has a brilliant range of ladies clothes.