Every Girl's BFF: The Little Black Dress

by Maria Azalea Florentino

When in doubt, wear black.

The long-enduring appeal of the Little Black Dress (LBD) is as classy and timeless as it was introduced by the late Coco Chanel in 1926 when she wore a simple, straight-lined black dress in garçonne style. It was epitomized later on in the ‘60s by the late Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where she wore a black sleeveless satin gown by Givenchy, a heavy pearl choker, a tiara, elbow gloves, dark glasses, black kitten heels, and a cigarette holder. The dress is hailed as the most iconic ensemble in the history of clothing which continues to mesmerize generations thereafter.

What is there not to love about the LBD? Its mere simplicity can be worn with any staple piece of jewelry or accessory. Its color goes well with any skin tone and flatters any body type by making one look taller and slimmer. Undoubtedly, the LBD is a fashion essential that can stay in your wardrobe for decades without getting outdated. As what the great designer Karl Lagerfeld once said, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”

Let StyleGenie help you curate your closet with these five quintessential LBDs that show glam, chic, and elegance in the simplest form. Clearly, it’s the little things that matter.

1. Chic in sheath

The sheath dress is probably your best go-to piece from boardroom to happy hour. This dress cinches your waistline as the bottom part is hugging. Wear a blazer, tweed jacket, light knit cardigan, or shawl while in the office. Choose a monochrome or two-tone pairing or add a dash of color with accessories or bright hue pumps. Then simply strip off your cover when you hit the town for your Margarita.

2. Sexy in a Bodycon

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Embrace all your curves with a bodycon LBD. Bring all the glam with you in cocktail parties and night outs with stilettos or strappy high heels. Dress it down with espadrilles or white kicks for an errand around town or lunch out with friends. For a more professional look, you can pair it with a black leather jacket or a camel coat.

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3. Classy in Long Sleeves

The long-sleeved LBD oozes with an authoritative appeal. Just make sure that you balance out the proportions with a short-hem bottom to keep the look fun while maintaining the overall structure of the getup.

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4. Shimmer in Sequins and Embellishments

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An LBD with sequins or embellishments not only makes dressing up fun, but it also makes it even simpler. Sequins give that extra glam and allure needed in order to stand out in a crowd. You need just one piece of jewelry for that finishing touch. On the other hand, a more detailed and embellished LBD makes accessories unnecessary because there is already a stitched ornament with the dress. Just tie up your hair, and you’re good to go.

5. Demure in Lace and Sheer

The intricate and delicate detail of lace hints femininity. Look prim and proper in a lace dress with a piece of accessory, and you’ll look perfect for a daytime or evening affair. At the same time, the sheer fabric acts like your second skin that will make you feel cool.

6. The Venus Cut

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Stand out like a goddess with the one-shoulder trend LBD. Its fashion-forward cut bares enough skin for that flirtatious vibe which is perfect for a date night. You may opt to strut in nude pumps and a leather print clutch to bring out that sophisticated aura.

7. Straps Off

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Bring out the sexy vamp in you with a strapless LBD. This LBD is a stand-alone statement that shows-off those perfectly-toned shoulders and strong arms while you walk on stilettos. Because much skin is bared to the eyes, you can afford to wear a necklace or some big earrings for those extra fashion points.

Fashion need not be rocket science. All you need in life is the pretty thing we all call the Little Black Dress - it’s every girl’s BFF. Get yours now by using my code AZA4SG for that P500 discount on your first purchase. Shazuums!

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Maria Azalea Florentino

Azalea is an educator, advocate of animal rights and gender equality. She loves attending Spinning classes in the gym, doing TRX, running in marathons, and climbing mountains.

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