By: Marianne Dabir
GettyThink of the Little Black Dress as your sartorial BFF, because it's literally always there for you. The wardrobe mainstay is never not in style, ever-so versatile, and unfailingly flattering. It'll come in especially handy when you've got countless holiday celebrations on your social calendar because you can change the entire vibe in a snap-just slip on different shoes and swap your accessories. Translation: you'll never have to worry about those but-I-have-nothing-to-wear-and-everything's-awful freakouts again.
It's super simple to create an entire outfit around your favorite LBD. In fact, the hardest part is probably picking out the perfect one in the first place. And while you shouldn't empty your wallet on this essential piece, it's worth investing in something you love so you can wear it again and again-especially after you see these three totally different, equally inspiring star takes on the dress.
Go sophisticated: Thanks to its square mesh overlay, Alexa Chung's tea-length hemline gets a fresh, youthful twist. The sleeveless shift-style bodice and A-line skirt make for a timeless silhouette that could just as easily be dressed up with high-shine jewels and an updo for a super fancy affair. However, we love how Alexa paired it with a dainty locket necklace and quirky cat flats, infusing her polished look with a low-key attitude. It's ideal for a fun party with friends, a nice dinner out, or that annual family holiday card photo you're always dreading.
Embrace on-trend: Interesting details can turn a simple frock into a real show-stopper. Here, AnnaSophia Robb's sheer cutouts do the trick. Her angular pendant accents its edgy, modern vibe while the high neckline and neutral hue keep it classic. And no, you don't have to match your accessories to your dress-AnnaSophia adds a touch of color with red heels and a white clutch. If you're headed to a chic soirée or a formal dance, take this look for a spin.
Choose classic: What could be more fun than a dress you can twirl in? (That's a rhetorical question-there's literally nothing more fun.) Shay Mitchell's amped-up take on a simple skater dress is a necessity no matter the season. Although the scoopneck style is pretty on its own, it's also perfect for flaunting an eye-catching statement necklace or a sparkly pair of drop earrings. Up the glam factor by topping it off with a jeweled belt and furry shrug, or throw a leather moto jacket over your shoulders to deliver some tough-girl cool. But, as Shay proves, keeping things minimal can have a major impact, too (just check out the gorgeous selfie she snapped with a not-so-LBD-clad friend after hosting the CNN Heroes awards!). No matter what's on your agenda, opting for an easy-to-wear number like this one is pretty much foolproof.
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