“One is never over or under dressed with little black dress” ~Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel artistic director
It’s pretty much a requirement for every woman–fashionista or otherwise–to own at least one perfect “LBD” or little black dress, regardless of age, income, weight and personal beliefs.
Whether you’re going out for a much-needed date night, a dinner party, a night out with the girls or even for a formal or semi-formal occasion, that black dress can be exactly what you need to get styled to perfection for the occasion–and depending on the fashion accessories you choose, you can dress that look up or down.
Though you can find the right dress for your body and your budget on your own, it might take time and could cost you more than you’d like. That’s why we’ve put together this blissful style guide to finding the perfect little black dress.
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Blissful Style Guide: How to Find the Perfect Little Black Dress for Your Body
Here are some time-tested fashion and style tips on how to select a perfect black dress based on your body’s problem areas.
Problem Area–Flabby Arms: Select outfits with half or three quarter sleeve or wear a shrug or shawl, so that your “bat wings” remain unnoticed. To camouflage the problem part of the upper arm, look for a shoulder with some ruffly or layered fabric, avoid big poofy sleeves.
Problem Area–Thick Neck: Choose a V-neck LBD to help divert attention away from the neck and elongate your neckline.
Problem Area–Broad Shoulders: Go with a V-neck or scoop-neck, which draws attention more toward the middle and away from width. Avoid strapless styles and spagetti straps.
Problem Area–Narrow or Sloped Shoulders: A boatneck or straight-across bateau will give you a wider look.
Problem Area–Big Boobs: A boatneck or bateau will work to draw eyes up away from your cleavage. V-necks will also by reducing the ‘bulky’ appearance , but note that you may show more cleavage this way. Choose thinner fabric, as you can’t afford to add more bulk.
Problem Area–Small Boobs: A simple padded bra can help. Choose round necklines, and feel free to rock the sleeveless ones too. To draw attention towards shoulders, try a cropped jacket. You can wear nearly any neckline with the right bra.
Problem Area–Flabby Belly: Ruched fabrics will help hide rolls. Consider avoiding clingy ones–they’ll show more than you’d prefer. The empire waist is sometimes safe, as it flares from high on waist and hides what lies beneath. Using a body-shaper will also help, and will also help you look little less flabby. If you are short waisted with fuller hips, skip the empire waist, it’ll make you look pregnant.
Problem Area–Long waist: Use a wide belt to break up that torso.
Problem Area–Short Waist: Try aribbon or narrow belt, will help with that distance. Or, you can eliminate belts completely.
Dress comfortably. You’ll always have a better time if you resist the impulse to wear something horribly uncomfortable just because it makes your ass look like a teenager’s. Forget about crash diets or worrying about your laugh lines. Wear something loose and flattering that won’t get in the way while you’re dancing all night.
Dress for your body. It’s so easy to fall for fashion fads that just don’t work for your body, and I am guilty of it myself—but I’ve learned that some trends just aren’t right for my body. Take babydoll tops and empire waistlines, for example—they all make me look pregnant and/or shapeless. That’s because they actually CONCEAL my waist, which is one of my better physical qualities. So, while I’ll admit to a few faux-pas, I try to stick to outfits that flatter my body and still fall reasonably within the trends. You should too!
Drink in moderation. There are better ways to deal with your anxiety than drinking alcohol. Stick to one or two drinks. Try relaxing beforehand by taking a long bath. Remember: over-indulging in alcohol is a primary contributor to aging your skin prematurely, as are several other recreational substances.
Seek inspiration. If you’re uncomfortable in your own skin, it’s a good idea to seek inspiration to increase your personal confidence and self-love—because those are the two primary contributing factors to the whole hot wife thing.
Be happy for others. Excessive competition can interfere with your enjoyment of life. If your old rival on the cheerleading squad is now a successful corporate attorney, be happy for her. Any other reaction only draws more negativity and ugliness into your life.
Spring fashion trends for 2014 are looking fun and fabulous, but they are also a bit retro.
Half the fun of seeing the new fashion trends for the year involves comparing them to past fashion trends and the changes made to them.
Some of this year’s spring fashion trends will remind you of your younger years, but you will appreciate the added color and new ways to use these old trends.
Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Tea-Length Skirts
Get ready for length specific skirts. Tea-length skirts are making a big comeback this year. Above the ankles and below the knees, just like tea parties from the past. No, seriously, go to a tea party–you get to wear a fun dress and drink healthy stuff. These dresses can be worn just about anywhere and you never have to worry about being under-dressed or over dressed because they are versatile enough to work for just about any occasion.
Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Collarless Jackets and Billowy Pants
In the seventies you either wore big collars or no collars at all. Pants were simlar; either you had big pant bottoms or you didn’t have bottoms because you were wearing shorts. Collarless jackets are making a comeback this spring and billowy pants may remind us of bell bottoms, but they aren’t quite the same. These pants billow around the legs and if worn correctly, can even make you look taller and by consequence, thinner. For a taller, thinner look, go with the billowy pants with slimmer legs and a higher waist.
Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Bomber Jacket
Remember Top Gun and Indiana Jones? The bomber jacket was a must for any wardrobe. Over the years it has gone through many changes, including using small bits of leather together to create the bomber jacket look in a whole new way. This year the trend includes color. Look for bomber jackets that include more than one color. In some cases they might look a little more like letterman’s jackets, while other designs include a contrast collar.
Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Crop-Tops and Sweaters
Dress for comfort, dress for style. Crop tops are a big hit this year, just as they were in the 80’s. However, thin sweaters that don’t gather are also in line, so you don’t have to forego comfort for style.
Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Pastels are Back!
A bit of pastel is always a good spring choice, but this year exepct more than a bit of pastel. If pastels aren’t your thing, wear a pastel shirt with contrasting color to enhance your skin tone. In this way you can be trendy, but your skin won’t look washed out.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ~Coco Chanel
When I first met Jane Cuddehe, I liked her right away. She was a really cool, sophisticated and stylish lady who also happened to be pretty down-to-earth. What more could you ask for?
And when she told me she was the owner and creative force behind Scialle Fine Shawls, I was impressed–especially by the tales of visiting Italy and having her designs produced in the same factories that high-end designers such as Armani are produced in.
The photos she shared were amazing! (Stay tuned–I have permission to share them with you in an upcoming post!)
But even though I liked her so much and was so impressed by her business accomplishments and sense of style, I wasn’t sure about her line of scarves. While I thought they were absolutely gorgeous, the price point was a little beyond my accessories budget. (I’m a high-low fashionista–I only buy certain “high-end” and designer items. For trendier pieces, I tend to stick to the lower price-point).
Still, given how much I admire Jane’s style, I thought I’d give them a try. After all, a scarf can really be timeless.
So I got two–a red one and a black and white scarf made of a fine wool (this one’s currently on sale!). The red one is no longer available on the site, but it looks just like this large pink Unito scarf, except red. I’m not sure what it’s made of but I’m guessing a fine linen. It’s really light and super soft–and drapes like a dream.
Now, once I got the scarves, I loved them. They are beautiful and so large that you can wear them in tons of ways (as I outlined in my original review).
But after owning them awhile, I have found that not only are they stylish and easy to wear, but they are functional as well. Since the weather in St. Louis has been particularly arctic this year, I’ve been layering more.
And as someone who is all about looking stylish, no matter the weather, I’m not a big fan of puffy and unflattering winter wear. But with my more stylish coats and jackets, I don’t always feel warm enough.
So lately I’ve been grabbing one of the Scialle shawls, and here’s the thing: even though they are so light and soft and easy to wear, they actually somehow offer a huge amount of warmth–but they don’t make me sweat.
I know it sounds silly to be surprised that a scarf can make me feel so warm, but I was truly shocked. So there you go–one more reason I am in love with Scialle. <3
Good news! You can currently get a variety of Scialle scarves on the cheap! Check out the sale, right here.