Six Ways to Wear the Little Black Dress

Nothing spells class and style like the little black dress. It can be worn casual or formal, for daytime or night events. It is fashionable all year round, and works for all body types — besides having a slimming effect, black enhances your natural beauty and allows the real you to shine. Here are six style and shopping tips for your perfect black dress:

Pair your black dress with a tailored jacket and pumps when you wear it to work. A sheath dress can be worn with a silk scarf around the neck or a cool cardigan in winter. Play with your hairstyle to add sophistication to your look. A sleek, pulled-back updo is good for very formal office environments, while those in creative jobs can also go for soft waves or a loose plait.

When you’re out with your girlfriends, comfort is key. Wear a casual maxi black dress for effortless elegance. Sleeveless or strappy silhouettes are best for summer afternoons. If you are bottom-heavy, go for flared dresses. These have a cinched waist and a fuller lower half. It helps disguise the hips and accentuates your waist. Longer dresses with a belted waist are also a good option if you don’t want to reveal your legs.

(L-R) Eavan, Rs 1699, Myntra; and Femella, Rs 990, Jabong
(L-R) Eavan, Rs 1699, Myntra; and Femella, Rs 990, Jabong


For a meeting at a chic café, go for a versatile shift dress. It suits petite women and adds length to their legs. Even though the shift dress usually ends just above the knees, you can wear coordinated tights in winter. If you have flabby arms, go for a dress with sheer chiffon sleeves. It creates a sexy peek-a-boo effect without highlighting your upper arms. Keep it simple with just a smart tote on your arm.


The black sheath dress is perfect for a date with your man. It accentuates your curves and adds just the right amount of oomph. Choose from V-neck, square, round, wrap or portrait-style necks. If you have broad shoulders, go for a trendy asymmetrical neckline, such as a single shoulder. Glam up your look with modern accessories, such as a long necklace, ankle-strap heels or a wide bangle.

(L-R) DressBerry, Rs 1234, Myntra; and Tops and Tunics, Rs 1299, Myntra
(L-R) DressBerry, Rs 1234, Myntra; and Tops and Tunics, Rs 1299, Myntra

When out with friends, use a slinky black slip dress with stilettos to add a touch of sensuality. Update your LBD with blingy details. If you have a full bust, racy slit sleeves will draw attention to your bust-line. Very slim women can add fullness to their figures with an embellished, ruched or ruffled dress.

The black gown is the ultimate for a formal black-tie event. Select a statement style and add a dash of ritzy accessories such as a diamond necklace, emerald earrings, or a gold bangle. Else, go with a short black dress with a plunging back and pair it with really high red heels. Get ready to steal the show!

(L-R) Mango, Rs 9900, Myntra; and Miss Selfridge, Rs 4490, Jabong
(L-R) Mango, Rs 9900, Myntra; and Miss Selfridge, Rs 4490, Jabong

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