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.
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.
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…