Friday, 28 March 2014 12:42

A classic LBD for every occasion

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The Little Black Dress or LBD is a fashion classic that was inspired by Coco Chanel and Jean Patou.
If you don't already have one, you need one, and this timeless investment is the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

It may not have been a major feature at Fashion Week or one of Victoria Beckham's staple items, but currently there are a multitude of stylish and sophisticated LBD's available to suit every occasion. Subtlety and simplicity is key when searching for the perfect LBD and the dress needs to suit every occasion, from a big night out to a dinner party or cocktail hour.

A little black dress needs to be versatile, can be dressed up or down and must be able to survive a seamless transition from playing iPad casino games with friends, to a date at the Soho Empire. Several top designers have created modern and innovative adaptations of the LBD and many of the new styles feature a hint of masculinity or a wisp of fun and frivolity.

Tailoring, fabric and finish are vitally important and Chanel was renowned for her classic cuts and form fitting shapes. Many designers still honour this timeless approach but have added their own twist and signature style to a garment that remains a wardrobe essential. Vivienne Westwood is famed for her slightly eccentric attitude to fashion but even her recent collections have afforded a cursory nod at the LBD, with some more sedate cocktail dresses in less startling colours.

A LBD is perfect for anyone who enjoys wearing a dress and it can be accessorised to suit every occasion. In the unpredictable English winter you could even pare it with tights and boots and some statement accessories to create a fun and funky take on timeless elegance. In summer your LBD can carry you through every occasion- dressed up with some colourful accessories and heels for a wedding or pared with a jacket and elegant flats for a work do.

It doesn't matter what the occasion is, an LBD is like the classic white shirt- it can be your go-to outfit for every occasion. Every women needs at least one fall-back LBD that they can throw on and feel fabulous in, and there's no excuse for not having one in your cupboard as almost every shop in the high street stocks its own variation.

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