How To Update The Little Black Dress

Unless you are a fashion blogger, stylist or celebrity, no  one has time to think out of the box when it comes what to wear on 31st December, so let’s get back to basics and see what we can do with the LBD.


Everyone has one in their cupboard. I am going the mesh route like the LBD icon, Audrey Hepburn above.   Don’t worry if the only LBD in your wardrobe is a bodycon (i’m impressed) or velvet – skip down to how to accessorise…

For those on the hunt – here are some ideas.

Monsoon Rene Lace Dress £89



Biba Velvet Sleeveless Mesh Dress £119


Mela Lace Overlay Dress £45


Karen Millen Lace Pencil Dress £155


Use your LBD as a basic. A block of colour to flatter all shapes.

If black isn’t one of ‘your colours’, avoid high necks and add necklace that does suit you.

But not a beaded necklace. Unless you want to look like a hippy.

The key not to looking fuddy duddy in a LBD is update your accessories.

Leave the diamond studs and black court shoes. Just NO.

Kate Spade has some fabulous jewellery that will instantly make you look stylish and on trend = younger.

A double stranded or long necklace is a good starting point.

Long Chain Necklace £60

Chain Necklace

This cuff is gorgeous and comes in lots of different colours if you want to add a dash of colour. I also love the green one.

Cuff £50

Kate Spade Cuff

If you fancy the green theme – a bit more original than black or gold (as safe and lovely as it is) and less cliched than red – these green tassel earrings would look fab.

Tassel Earrings

Just don’t wear earrings, necklace and bracelet all at once. Choose 2/3.

Shoes. The bain of my life.  Now well into my thirties (!) they have to be comfortable. They have to be flattering. They have to be considered. I can’t bring myself to resort to my black suede court shoes that were my staple in my twenties.

Personally, for me – it is all about the shboots. I made that up.

They are really called shoe boots.

They tick all the above – comfortable (no going over on your ankle as they support nut not in an orthopaedic way!) and if you match the colour of your boots with your tights – very elongating.

As it is winter, it is black tights for me, but if you have just got back from a spray tan or even better, some winter sun, get those pins out by all means.

Office Shoe Boots £79

Shoe Boots

Last but not least, a little clutch. Not a cliche glitter clutch though!!! Obviously it will depend on what dress you are wearing, but I love the look of this one from Guess (£55)

Guess Clutch

Have a fabulous Christmas (some outfit inspo here) and I will see you on the other side!

Lots of love

Lucinda xx