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10th Commandment: July 10

Every woman can use a little black dress, whether it’s for a wedding or not.  (I doubt Coco Chanel knew that the LBD would be her legacy.)  So let’s talk about dresses both little and black, shall we?

I think the most helpful way to break down the types of LBDs that I like to wear for special occasions is by type.  These are not all of the types, of course, but the ones that caught my eye.


Tadashi Shoji Asymmetric Dress ($185)

Traditional. When in doubt, go for a slightly more conservative, traditional dress.  This is the rule for conservative family weddings, work-related weddings, etc.  Not too short.  Not too tight.  Not too low cut.

This Tadashi Shoji dress is a rare bird–It wouldn’t be matronly on a 30-year-old, it wouldn’t be too young for a 60-year-old. This sleeveless illusion-yoke dress is a great basic. I also thought this tiered Nicole Miller dress was interesting.  In the under-$75 range, this T Tahari dress has a slight peplum, and you might even be able to wear it to work.

Plus-size? This shutter pleat dress with illusion is a great choice.  Petite? I adore the neckline on this Ralph Lauren dress.  Tall?  This Ann Taylor cotton sateen dress has a classic, Audrey Hepburn-quality to it.

Lace. For under-$150, this Velvet dress in a crochet-style lace is sublime.  In the under-$100 category, this Eliza J dress with a lace yoke and keyhole back is a nice choice.  I also like the lighter look of this Maggy London dress with black lace on a pale-beige liner.

Plus-size? Try this Marina tiered-lace dress for $129.  Petite? This Adrianna Papell cap-sleeve dress is a good choice.

Unique. Want a little something more from your LBD?  Me too.  I have the basics covered, let’s have fun!

This $72 Asos dress that has a little bit of a Dior look to me with the dramatic ruffles.  I also like this inexpensive Aqua dress that has a basic fit-and-flare front with a cool criss-cross detail in back.  This Banana Republic dress with cut-outs on the neckline is a nice mix of fun and classy.  And since we all know I can’t resist a backless dress

Plus-size? I like the bow detail on the back of this dress from Asos Curve.  Petite? I pretty much adore this frill peplum dress from Asos.



  1. S says:

    Belle, this may be the subject of a whole post (a “two ways,” maybe?), but if just one dress is in your summer wedding budget, any tips on how style a LBD for an afternoon wedding with evening restaurant at a hip, but not formal, restaurant?

    July 10, 2014/Reply
    • S says:

      Oops, that’s evening *reception*

      July 10, 2014/Reply