Now that the holiday season has officially begun, it’s time to break out the party dresses. While the holidays are always a good time to test your sequin skills or metallic mettle, there is something to be said for the quintessential Little Black Dress. Not that I’m opposed to shiny, sparkly outfits, especially during the last 6 weeks of the year, but let’s be honest, everyone is sorting through the same rhinestoned racks, and the likelihood that your outfit will get the gilded attention it deserves is somewhat diminished amid all the gleaming fabric. The quiet elegance of a simple black dress sometimes speaks louder than the dress that is flashing rays of light like a disco ball.
The secret to finding the perfect LBD for holiday parties and beyond is to invest in a quality cut and fabric. A well tailored dress in a fabric that flatters will last a lifetime and be your go-to outfit for parties year round. Basic black does not have to be boring. If you want something that is more flirtatious than a simple sheath, look for a dramatic neckline or something that accentuates the back. Most of us still feel comfortable flashing some back skin, and the feeling of being racy and sexy is often worth the price of the outfit.
Another great feature about an LBD is that it’s always in style. Red, gold and silver can oftentimes have a limited calendar shelf life, but black is the universal color of chic. Here is a sampling (with shopping details) of some of the chicest and most noteworthy dresses for the season:
For a fancy party lace is always a good choice. Keep the accessories simple and let the detailing speak for itself.
When the event and budget calls for something special, opt for this timeless and ageless midi dress.
For all the style at a fraction of the price, this Alturazurra dress is chic, interesting, and festive in a seasonless sort of way.
If your style is more bohemian, this slip dress from FreePeople.com will go the distance. (I have this dress in a few colors and have worn it to Christmas parties, Bar Mitzvahs, first dates and client meetings. Add or subtract a slip and a cardigan or blazer and you have a dozen different outfits…)
For events that require you to go straight from the office, this simple sheath is all business with a blazer, and all party without.
As with most all black (or navy or charcoal) pieces, a lint brush and good foundation pieces make the difference. Make sure your bra fits well and invest in some Spanx for a clean line. Add your favorite sparkly earrings or a cuff and off you go…just make sure your shoes are broken in so your feet can last the entire holiday season!