January 12, 2010

Little Black Dress

As a girl, I know you can never have enough LBDs. They're always in style and there's always a last minute occasion to pop up when you're glad you have one.
So, as I build my own LBD collection, I'd like to know what your go-to style is and your favorite shop for finding these fantastic little dresses!

*images via Fashion Gone Rogue

29 comments:

Design A-Peele said...

J.Crew all the way. Easy to find one on sale too :)

The Drifter and the Gypsy said...

The first picture is just lovely!

Inspiration in Italy said...

I think in Italy, the LBD is so essential - you might agree with that! I have never lived anywhere that I enjoy dressing nice so much as I do now, and there are plenty of occasions that I have needed my LBD. I actually picked up one from a little boutique where they have discounted labels. I'm sure you saw the great boutiques in Rome that I am seeing! It seems that this is a great place to get one-of-a-kind items. Great post and I love that 1st photo!

xoxo
Rachel

short southern momma said...

I am love.love.loving that first dress! Way cute! XOXO

In Honor Of Design said...

oo I agree. LBD's are essential. Especially because I am an accessory girl and like to change up a versatile piece.

Banana Republic
Shabby Apple
Forever21

three great places for LBD's:)

Sarah Klassen said...

Great images, Crystal! I completely agree -- the LBD is always there, always classic, and always stylish. I have a trench that is a part of my LBD category as it has many characteristics of a dress. I like to wear it with my black lace tights and nude heels. I find that a splash of color, via a shoe or scarf, keeps the dress stylish and upbeat. I also like to a little more fun with jewelry if the dress is simple.

For dresses, I really like Ali Ro. The quality is amazing, and the designs, superb -- it feels like you're wearing art!

xo

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Ross. I'm a huge fan of dresses at affordable prices! And I hate wearing the same one twice.

Happenstance said...

Loving that top dress so much. Is that Natalie? Currently my go-to uniform is jeans, t-shirt and flip-flops. Most of my purchases lately have been from J.Crew.

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

@Design A-Peele: J.Crew is where I got my most recent LBD! Love!

@Inspiration in Italy: Oh yes, I miss the boutiques in Rome molto! I'm living vicariously through you!

@Happenstance: Yes, it's Natalie! Isn't she gorgeous!?

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

A girl can never have too many LBDs :) My faves are DVF, Topshop and even BCBG from time to time.

SogniSorrisi said...

The LBD is one of man's greatest inventions. Chic, classic and you can always jazz it up with cool accessories.

City Girl Chicago said...

I recently made a great LBD find at cusp, at the Water Tower (and it was on sale!) ~ it's a fitted sheath dress, and my husband loves it because he says it's classy yet sexy. Yay for the LBD!

OceanDreams said...

I love this black dress, it is so classy!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Lovely post! I am more about the Little Gray Dress these days but I have a really great black chiffon wrap dress in my line that I wear for formal events and had a black Rebecca Beeson ruched tee dress that I wore year-round until the fabric started tearing(!) I recently replaced it with a cotton black and white chevron print wrap dresrs, but it's warm here so I know in your neck of the woods that wouldn't fly :)

colleen @inspiredtoshare said...

oh my goodness i love the first dress! the ruffle detailing! is that natalie portman?

colleen @inspiredtoshare said...

just read your answer above, oops! :) love it.

rebecca said...

my go-to stores for essentials like these are J.Crew and Banana for sure!

Kitty M said...

I hardly owned any black clothes at all when I was in my twenties but they have started to creep into my wardrobe over the past couple of years. Since moving out of London I've started much more internet shopping and like My.wardrobe.com where you can also shop under colour schemes x

Jaime said...

Love Natalie's dress.. it has a great architectural element with the collar.

Magchunk said...

For really basic shapes that can be easily adapted I think Banana and JCrew have the best within-reach options. For something with a little more zing I'd probably go to BCBG because I love the fabrics they use.

As far as style, any dress with a natural waist, A-line skirt and a pretty bodice that accommodates a (ahem) curvy figure can sweep me off my feet!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

I actually don't have a LBD in my closet. I have tons of LD's though ;) (black is a big nono for me)

For dresses, I usually get vintage or random designers and high street labels. Am completely disloyal...

I agree that it's essential to have a collection of cute little dresses you can make fabulous though! :D

Badtz said...

I have a collection of LBDs since I'm in the event business and have to wear dress up often. My current fave is a D&G that I purchased as a skirt from a thrift shop for $6.00. When I got it home and put it on it fit really strangely as a skirt- turns out it's a strapless dress. Super fit with an A-line silhouette that always makes me feel good!

Blair said...

Oh that first one is just adorable. Love the detail around the neck. Just realize I owe you an e-mail ---ekk!

我 moi said...

love natalie portman so much :) she looks great in anything :) loving your blog too :) happy new year to you :) !

Paula Grace Designs said...

I have to say I'm pretty similar. I always go for the little black dress. I ventured out a bit and found a lovely silver sheath dress that I adore. But I went back to me LBDs. I always have the shoes to match :)
Paula Grace ~

Alina said...

I have a couple of little black dresses, but come on, every girl could use more! This is a great post by the way, love the lbd's!

best!
alina
www.dreamingchic.blogspot.com

Liz said...

the lbd of course. never seems to fail on a pop up moment. the dress barn always has great dresses at fantastic prices.

Noelle Marie said...

OOOOOO little black dresses, that's something I haven't worked on actually. I should get on that, thanks for reminding me lol
=P
hmm lets see, well i like to keep it affordable, so prolly i'd say old navy, the gap, or torrid. I actually had a GREAT one, but i slimmed down a little and havent been able to find as good of one since =\

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