THE LBD EDIT: 5 WAYS TO STYLE BLACK




THERE are two types of people in the (fashion) world. Those who commit to black and those who don't. For those of you who commit to black - you're already in. For those of you who don't - I guarantee you still turn to an LBD when in doubt. And if you don't- you will.

Black lovers are used to hearing things like "why don't you add a pop of colour!" Or "it's a beautiful day outside and you're wearing all black". However, we are now in January. January is cold and pretty daunting. It's our month. Nobody questions our head-to-toe black ensembles at this time. And so, in honour of our loyalty to black and the many times it has proverbially saved our lives, I have put together a 5-dress LBD edit to remind you why we never stray from what we do best, or indeed convince you that this is the way to go.

The dropped waist
A favourite amongst the more 'rectangular' body shapes. The dropped waist is perhaps the most modern cut and is favoured among designers such as Victoria Beckham and Valentino. Add a biker jacket if you feel too pretty.



The hanging-on-to-the-70s-trend
Avoid 'vamping' this style up - save the dark lip and choker for another time. Instead opt for neutral make up, bed-head hair and a tan handbag. Think Chloe rather than Wednesday Addams.




The slip
Spoiler: expect comments from family members such as "where's the rest of it?" Or "isn't that a nightie?"
Spoiler 2.0: bask in these comments. They mean you have chosen a good slip.
Pair with a slouchy off the shoulder cardigan and some delicate jewellery.




The multi-purpose
We love dual-functionality in clothing. And so, I present to you the initially-unassuming sleeveless shift dress.
1. Wear as a pinafore – this could be over a striped tee or collared shirt.
2. Wear as a lingerie framer - because we aren't all ready to wear our Calvins with low-rise denim a la Kendall Jenner. Yet.









The I mean business
The go-to sensible black dress for any office/interview/vaguely "business dress" occasion. The sleeve acts as a safety net but of course we use accessories because to completely abandon creativity would just feel wrong.




By Holly Beddingfield


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