LBD has become such a household term, it might as well be included in the dictionary. But it pains me when women use black as an excuse to not think creatively. If anything, you have to think more creatively with a LBD; it's a blank canvas waiting to be decorated. Your LBD may not be Fendi, like actress Kate Mara, but that doesn't mean you can't look as Fab. Here's how . . .
- Choose an interesting silhouette. Just because it's black doesn't mean it has to be boring. Off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, halter, cowl, boatneck — find the one that flatters your figure, and most importantly, makes you stand out.
- Belt it. Belts have surpassed trend status and are now staples. We have seen them on the runways for countless seasons now. Remember, it was Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field who said belts accentuate a woman's curves and elongate her legs. Done and done.
For more tips to perfecting the LBD, and a closeup of Kate's Loubs,
- Fun shoes. Your belt and shoes shouldn't match perfectly. In Kate's case, her Fendi belt and Loubs complement one another but aren't matchy matchy. If your belt is a bold color, I'd opt for black or neutral pumps so as not to look clownish. If your shoes are more subdued, go with a bright-colored belt and jewelry to help the look pop.
- Unique bag. The same rule applies to your bag; it shouldn't match your shoes and belt perfectly. Find one that goes with the ensemble but doesn't look like every other bag out there. This is where vintage bags can come in handy. This is your chance to show the world your personal style.
- Last words . . . When dressing up your LBD, watch your use of bright colors. You'll have to play around with color combinations, and some us have favorites. Me? Just today I'm wearing black, grey, green and blue. All these colors complement each other, so keep that in mind. In the end, you want your dress (and you!) to be the center of attention, with your accessories acting as accents.