Going out tonight? You need your LBD. Check out four favorite ways to style the iconic little black dress at every age. From Lloyd Boston, author of The Style Checklist: The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials for You.
Hopefully your version reveals as much of your arms and legs as you feel is appropriate — they won’t ever look exactly the same in the decades ahead. A slightly above-the-knee sheath with generous neck and arm openings will serve you well. Layer a thin white button-down beneath it for work, pair it with black textured tights and peep-toe pumps in a cool metallic tone, and finish off with black fingerless gloves and a white patent clutch. Pure heat!
The dress you invest in should reflect your life trajectory ahead (not behind you), and whether personal or professional, the quality should be one and the same — great. Spend as much as you can stand, and just when you’re at your limit, be prepared to add a bit more in tailoring. Wear it like a purist, and allow it to stand alone against sexy hair, glowing skin, and gams by Pilates! Breathtaking nude shoes, diamond studs, and one single bold cuff bracelet are all the accessories you’ll need to pull it off like a minimalist.
This might be your third or fourth LBD, and the world should know that you have always understood its power when you slip into it. Now is your season for fun and fabulous styling. A belt will take you there (just ask First Lady Michelle Obama). For you, a wide or skinny belt in an exotic faux skin like muddled python, abstract cheetah, or iridescent ostrich can set the stage. Knee boots in black drive the sexiness home, and a cropped jacket or cardigan keeps this funky style equation sweet.
FIFTYSOMETHING AND BEYOND
You might have a few more anxiety areas to conceal, so consider finding your dress of choice in the knit fabric family — not woven. Matte wool jersey is the first one to look for. Might it be a wrap-dress style? Yes, if you are top “heavenly” and bottom “blessed.” Or maybe just a loose frock style that you can belt in good months and leave loose around the holidays. Any road you choose, add fun heels in anything but black, one strong statement necklace (think chunky ethnic, Lucite, or even multistrand carvings), and polish off the look with flirty, flesh-toned fishnets!