This is one of my favorite closet staples because current style trends shouldn’t affect your little black dress, or LBD, choices. I’ve had this dress for over 14 years and I still love it. I thought I would round up my favorite LBD choices and give my tips for shopping for one!

Tip #1

Stick with what works. If you love a shift dress- wear that. Find an A-Line more flattering for your figure – invest in the perfectly tailored classic. The LBD is about looking your best while looking timeless as well. The easiest way to do this is to not settle. A great dress will last you for decades. Find something that fits you well and don’t deviate.

Tip #2

Skip the embellishments. Although I love a good embellishment, the classic LBD should be plain. Accents change based upon season and year – if you skip the added flair (which you can ALWAYS add with accessories) you will never look dated.

Tip #3

Longer is better. Mini-skirts (even if you have killer legs) aren’t appropriate in all situations – so be mindful when choosing a dress. I’ve worn this to attend many weddings and to fancy dinners for work. (I’ve met a President in this dress – it’s the swiss army knife of dresses.) Make sure the dress hits right at your knees for optimal versatility!

Tip #4

Material matters. This wool long-sleeve dress is best for fall/winter use and I have a sleeveless poly-blend for spring/summer. If you’re always cold, opt for wool or a thicker fabric. If you’re always hot, stick to something that is more breathable and not skin-tight. Thicker fabric is always better than thinner because it won’t wrinkle as easily and it has a smoothing effect. They also look better after wearing for several hours compared to thinner fabrics.

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