The little black dress (LBD) is one of my favorite clothing pieces. It’s flattering, feminine and, if you follow our guidelines below, always office pretty. All this week we’re featuring a series on office pretty LBDs — how you can dress them up, what you can pair them with, and some of our favorite outfit possibilities.
LBDs are popular for daytime office and cocktail/evening wear. Here’s what you should consider to ensure that your LBD is office pretty – we’ll call it the little black office dress tutorial (LBOD).
- Length – It’s no secret that some LBDs can be worthy of a real sex kitten. I’m all for minis… outside the office. If you’re looking for an office-appropriate LBOD, choose a style that falls no more than an inch above the knee. Or, for a more retro look, one that extends to the calf.
- Cut – LBODs are available in a range of cuts, from shift to a-line. If this is your first LBOD, go for a slender cut like the one shown above. It’s the most versatile shape because it works with blazers and cardigans of varying lengths.
- Neckline – Who doesn’t like cleavage at the office? Me. And everyone. Keep your ladies in check by opting for a neckline that doesn’t expose any part of your fabulous bust. If you do opt for a v-neck, consider wearing a detailed camisole underneath or employing a bit of garment tape to ensure your bra isn’t peeking out to say “hello” to a client.
- Fabric – As Jill pointed out in her polka dot post, avoid shiny fabric. A shiny LBOD will look like you’re headed to a cocktail party, no matter how appropriate the length, shape or neckline is. Stick with knit, wool or a blend.