|[bar III dress, Steve Madden heels, Ralph Lauren earrings, Anthropologie clutch]
Every woman is supposed to have the perfect one.
The one that makes you feel good, look great, and never be under or
overdressed. But this search for the elusive little black dress (LBD) can be
frustrating and unrewarding—unless you know how
to look. So here are my three P’s of locating your dream dress.
scouring the racks of a department store, ask yourself this initial question: where
will this dress be worn? The decision process will be a lot easier once you
decide if the dress is just for special occasions or meant to be a super
perhaps the best style is a conservative sheath with some accenting element. If
the dress can easily shift from work wear to evening out, you’ll get your
money’s worth in no time.
flexible, consider a slightly less formal approach with a fun hemline or
PROPORTION: This dress is meant to be worn a
lot; that means you have to feel comfortable in it and be able to express your
personality. So a good fit is crucial; don’t go by what you’ve seen look good
on others. Focus on what you want to
flaunt (a great waist, killer calves, or an elegant neckline), and find styles
that highlight those gifts. When you are focused on the fabulous, unique figure
in the mirror—the little nuisances of your body will fade. By giving attention
to those parts you appreciate, that negative, internal voice will
personal discretion. An LBD should be an investment—enough that it can last a
lot of wears, but not so huge that
you feel scared to let it out of the safety of your closet. So set a budget and
don’t look outside of it. Part of
being comfortable with a look is feeling confident in what you spent on it.
LBD, the possibilities are endless. The style is rewarding in its flexibility
and varying options for embellishment. So find the one that suits your body and your personality for a well-rounded
experience that’s everything the fashionistas talk about.