Every woman, no matter her age, lifestyle, or body type must own the perfect LBD. At times, a simple black frock can seem a bit dull, but there are some easy ways to add interest to an otherwise standard staple. To avoid falling flat, texture can be a crucial part of keeping your LBD from being run of the mill. Leather, lace, or a combination of the two will take you from standard to standout. In a classic shape or something more au courant, the basic little black dress has never looked better.
1. Madewell Leather Dress, 2. Lovers + Friends I Heart Babydoll Dress, 3. Alice + Olivia Shelly Leather Trimmed Dress, 4. HELMUT Helmut Lang Half Leather Dress, 5. Nightcap Clothing Florence Lace Dress, 6. Roberto Cavalli Lace and Stretch Jersey Dress, 7. Thakoon Addition Cutout Midriff Leather Dress, 8. Stylestalker TLC Dress, 9. Maje Deraphine Lace Paneled Jersey Dress, 10. Nicholas Leather Racer Paneled Dress
On more than one occasion I’ve been called a paradox; a walking contradiction. At first glance you may think you could quickly delegate me to one box, but after a conversation and cocktail, you may be moving me to another. And just when you think you’ve got me figured out, look out for that curve ball because it’s coming.
I don’t like predictability and following the herd makes me more than uncomfortable. I think there’s much to be said for mixing things up and keeping people guessing, especially when getting dressed. This is precisely why leather and lace are the perfect complement to one another. While lace could be overly feminine or somewhat sexy, leather is tough enough to tip the scales from prissy to powerful. A head to toe leather look would have you reminiscent of catwoman and all over lace could land you somewhere between a Victorian and 80’s Madonna. However, when the two are combined, the look is lethal.
DKNY Leather Paneled Lace Top, Saint Laurent Leather Bra Top, Karl Lagerfeld Delphie Coated Leather Mini Skirt, Mason by Michelle Mason Leather Trimmed Lace Dress
In case you didn’t get the memo last fall, you’re going to need a leather dress come this autumn. The ultimate update to your standard LBD, leather will not only keep you warm thermostatically speaking, but will also have you looking hot literally speaking. Should you opt to go all in, a leather shift is a fantastic transitional piece that can eventually be layered over a turtleneck and tights. Feeling more modest? Opt for a frock with leather details or panels to achieve the same leather look.
I’m a huge fan of basically leather anything and have been pushing the trend since I was sixteen. I wore a leather dress to my sophomore year homecoming… and while that went over like a lead balloon with teachers and students alike, this season’s must have frock is sure to be a bigger hit with your classmates.
1. Theyskens’ Theory Noel Dhidas Leather Dress, $537, 2. David Lerner Strapless Leather Dress, $264, 3. Raquel Allegra Heavy Rib Dress, $596, 4. Faith Connexion Leather Paneled Ruched Jersey Dress, $445, 5. Valentino Lace Paneled Leather Dress, $5,380, 6. Theory Solara Stretch Cotton and Leather Dress, $495, 7. Rag & Bone Adeline Paneled Satin and Leather Dress, $505, 8. Shakuhachi Leathergoods Shift Dress, $504, 9. DKNY Leather Sleeved Jersey-Twill Dress, $495, 10. MICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Dress, $495
Alright, so I didn’t actually watch the People’s Choice Awards because well… as Gawker best summarized… they suck. However, I did go ahead and check out what the ladies were wearing on the red carpet. (I needed to see whether the gals of Hollywood had better taste in attire than America does in television/movies). And much like my senior highschool yearbook signatures, there were a few recurring themes. While my yearbook’s themes were how much statistics sucked, my indecision over which college I would attend, and “I’m so glad we became friends,” the trends of this year’s People’s Choice Awards were the new nude, ongoing green, and leather and lace. I’m on board with all three of these trends… though my patience is starting to grow thin with green. Check out some of the highlights below.
Kaley Cuoco, Jennifer Morrison in Oscar de la Renta, Lea Michele in Marchesa, Miley Cyrus in David Koma
Kristen Bell in Valentino, Ashley Greene in DKNY
Nina Dobrev in Elie Saab, Emma Stone in Gucci, Chloe Moretz in Proenza Schouler, Whitney Cummings
So, who did you think was best (and worst) dressed? We are the “people” afterall.
Well, January is in full swing and after the holidays and festivities have wound down, it may just feel like one big ‘ol hangover. You’ve sequined and accessorized and now you probably just want to lay low. Bling feels so blah and glitter makes you want to gag. That’s where the good ol’ LBD comes into play. Consider it your lime sorbet between appetizer and entree. The LBD is a great palate cleanser to hold you over between holiday and spring. Its uses are endless and it doesn’t have to be boring. Cutouts, texture, and unexpected details are what make an LBD a totally stylish staple. Dress it up, dress it down. Take it from day to night. You really never can go wrong when you’re back in black.
1. A.L.C. Sienna Stretch Leather Dress, $1,195, 2. Valentino R.E.D. Black Crystal Embellished Dress, $682, 3. Black Halo Jackie O Off the Shoulder Dress, $375 , 4. Marni Asymmetric Crepe Dress, $346, 5. Lamixx Cold Shoulder Dress, $46, 6. DKNY Black Dress with Round Collar, $315 , 7. Elizabeth and James Rebecca Silk Chiffon Dress, $116.80, 8. Miss Selfridge Black Elastic Back Dress, $55, 9. bebe Leatherette Paillette Dress, $129, 10. Alice + Olivia Leather and Tulle Dress, $595
Fade to black…