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13th November 2013


No wardrobe should be without the Little Black Dress. Our Fashion Editor LISA PIDDINGTON picks her favourite classic pieces for the party season.

Every woman dreams of owning the perfect little black dress, one that fits, flatters and leaves your friends green with envy at the Christmas party. Elegant and chic, the LBD is the fall-back essential when nothing else will do. It will take you through a host of diary dates and, choose well, and you could see it lasting you a good few years.

We can thank Coco Chanel and her innovative design talent for creating the first LBD in 1926 as a kick-back to long, layered clothes. Using a colour previously reserved for funerals and periods of mourning, she created a simple sheath style which was cut just above the knee. And despite countless sea-changes in a century of fashion, it is the one item of clothing that has remained relatively unchanged.

For A/W13, look out for on-trend details including leather panels, sequins and embellishments as well as asymmetric hemlines. Tulle is perfect for parties, while lace adds instant chic. Simply accessorize with fabulous heels (the glittery the better!), gold jewellery and a statement clutch to ensure you’re the belle of every ball.

Clockwise from top right: RED Valentino appliqué dress, £445; Supertrash eyelet jersey dress, £145; Pinko sequinned dress, £470; O’2nd dress, £310; Alice + Olivia sequin and tulle dress, £595; Finders Keepers dress, £140; and Beulah London lace and crepe peplum dress, £525 – all available from Harvey Nichols.