Roundup – The Best Little Black Dresses

It’s that time of year when we start to plan for Christmas parties and finding that Little Black Dress that is just right for your shape. I’ve rounded up the best from the high street for you whether you have a straight or curvy body shape as well as a few for size 16+ and maternity. By the way if you feel in need of some extra help (and don’t most of us?) check out the shapewear blog over on Capsule Wardrobes.

So – starting with a straight body shape. If you have shoulders and  hips of about the same width and not much of a waist look for straighter shaped dresses or crisper/stiffer fabrics. Avoid styles that drape and bias cuts. Give the illusion of curves with gentle shaping or curved pleating like the one below (top row, middle)

Little Black dresses for straight body shape

If you have a curvy body with a defined waist, whether you have subtle curves or more “Nigella” curves, you need a fabric and style that will drape around your assets. Look for bias cuts, soft fluid fabrics and a shaped waist. Go for a stretch lace like the one top row 2nd from right. Avoid straight lines and any detail on areas you want to conceal.

Little black dress for the curvy figure

long black dress for cury bodies

For those of you who are pear shaped it’s all about balancing out your hips with your shoulder line. Draw the eye up with detail on your top half and wider necklines will balance out the hips.

little black dress for pear shape

long black dress for pear shape

For the apple shaped lady (whose waist has gone missing) the shift dress, empire shape and soft draping is perfect. If you have a good cleavage focus on that and draw the eye away from the tummy area using some sparkle or jewellery. For a more fitted stye like the middle one below use pleating over the tummy and the pretty lace detail on the top to distract the eye.

little black dress for apple shape

Finally just because you are pregnant or not the perfect size 10 (and who is?) some ideas for glamourous maternity dresses and size 16+.

little black dress size 16 plus and maternity

I hope your perfect LBD is here. Next week we will look at the accessories to wear with your dress.

Where to buy from left to right:
Straight Body

Bow dress by Boden, Sequin sleeveless dress by French Connection, Coacktail dress with seam work by Phase Eight, Fringed maxi dress by Phase Eight, Long tapewrok detail dres Phase Eight, Sheath dress with neck detail sequins by Boden, Bead collar shift dress by Adrianna Papell and All over sequined dress by Reiss

Curvy Body

Dress with oversize bow by Fenn Wright Manson, Cobweb sequi dress by Phase Eight, Lace dress by Baukjen, Lace sweetheart dress by Oasis, Lace dress by Kaliko, Wrap tulip hem dress by French Connection, Long sleeve velvet dress by LK Bennett, Mesh sequin dress by Somerset at John Lewis, Full length dress with side twist detail by Damsell in a Dress, Full length dress with deep cowl back by John Lewis, Full length mesh bead dress by Somerset at John Lewis, Sequin and bead full length dress by John Lewis, Beaded keyhole dress by JS Collection.

Pear Shape

Spot mesh dress by Somerset at John Lewis, Dress with gold roses by Hobbs invitation, Sheer top shooting star dress by NW3 Hobbs, Lace sleeve velvet dress by L.K. Bennett, Portrait collar neck full length dress by Eliza J, Star detail full length dress by Somerset at John Lewis, Full length sequin dress by Hobbs Invitation

Apple Shape

Sequin tunic dress by Pure Collection, Sequin sheath dress by Mango, Stretch satin and lace dress by Damsel in a Dress, silk shoulder detail dress by The Fold London, Sequin dress by baukjen

Size 16+

Chiffon and bead dress by Dickins & Jones (up to size 20), Ruched chiffon skirt dress by Chesca (to size 24), Full length dress with mesh panel by JS Collections (up to size 20)

Sequin maternity dress by Isabella Oliver, Maternity maxi dress by Vanessa Knox