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One cardinal rule for every stylish woman: own a classic little black dress or more known as LBD. This rule has been heard for decades not because of tradition, but because of function. The LBD is like a blank canvas – you can accessorize, add details, switch up jewelry and layer it in various ways – all of which allow you to wear that one staple dress a multitude of ways. But styling your LBD has never been more important than ever now that the festive season is here! From Christmas parties to New Year’s celebrations and everything in between, finding new outfits for each occasion can be quite a hassle (not to mention expensive!) However, you don’t need to spend a fortune buying a new outfit for every event. All you need is your classic LBD and a ton of imagination to re-create your dress for any kind of occasion this holiday season.
Over-the-top glamour is acceptable this season. Wear your bold, statement accessories such as a necklace or a pair of earrings to give your LBD that extra party look. For more glam effect, you may opt to wear embellished clutch and shoes as well.
Layer With Faux Fur
Another reason why a lot of people love the holiday season is because of the weather. Although the Philippines does not have snow like in the countries, the holiday months are still considered the coolest for the whole year. Take advantage of the cool weather by adding an extra (fashionable) layer to your LBD with a faux fur. One tip though, since the faux fur can be quite bulky, it’s good to wear your hair up or avoid styling it big to give enough space for your neck and face.
Warm Up with Tights
Speaking of the cool weather, if you’re not the type who’s comfortable wearing fur but still wants to add warmth (and style) to your outfit, a unique pair of tights might do the trick for you. Whether your LBD is sleek or frilly, kick up its volume and look by adding a pair of creative tights.
Pair with a Tailored Jacket
A lot of parties this season will happen in the workplace. So that means, partying with the bosses and higher ups. In case you are not comfortable being seen in your ultimate party look by your superiors, a tailored jacket is the answer to amp up your LBD. Ten times cooler than a pashmina or worn-in office cardigan, a tailored jacket will make the whole day-to-evening-to-dance-floor transition a total cinch. If you want to add color to your look, a printed tailored jacket will also do.
Say It with Long Necklaces
If there’s one piece of clothing that compliments any kind of body, that’s definitely a LBD. When the fit is right, It can make anyone look slimmer and consequently, longer. But do you know that wearing uber-long necklaces can actually boost up the slimming illusion of LBD? So if you want to achieve a leaner and longer look this season, don’t forget to wear your go-to long necklaces.
Wear Statement Shoes
Not into piling on the jewelry? Don’t worry because a pair of statement shoes is all you need to take a plain LBD from zero to hero. From glitter shoes to ornate heels to trending colors and prints, it’s going to be literally a best foot forward day when your pair any of these with your LBD.
Dress Down With Sneakers
Not all parties and gatherings this season are going to happen at night. There will surely be weekend gatherings or reunions with relatives and friends. For such occasion, you can still wear your LBD by dressing it down a little bit with a pair of sneakers. A nice bag and pair of aviators sunglasses will complete the look.
The best thing about being a fashionable woman? You can experiment. The little black dress has always been a symbol of class, sophistication, and simplicity. It’s the dress you turn to when you have nothing else to wear, it’s the one that never lets you down. That’s not all that it is, though. Remember that whole blank canvas thing? Don’t be afraid to put your own personal touch on the little black dress and simply have fun in the process. Happy Holidays!