The LBD (little black dress) has long been a "must have" item in every woman's wardrobe, but we think it's time the LBD's cousin, the LBLD, had a turn in the spotlight. What does LBLD stand for? The Little Black Lace Dress, of course, and it's just as timeless and versatile as its classic counterpart. To illustrate this fact, we've assembled a list of 8 varied events and situations that the little black lace dress isn't just appropriate attire, but a perfect choice...
1. Date Nights
Black lace is the epitome of "understatedly sexy," which happens to be the description of the ideal date night outfit. Next time you're unsure what to wear for a romantic night out, reach for your LBLD. Your date will thank you.
How To Style It: Pair with stiletto heels or ankle boots, a studded clutch, and earrings in a shade that makes your eye color POP.
As long as the cut is modest, black lace is totally acceptable for the office. With a classic cardigan and polished accessories, an LBLD strikes a nice balance of ladylike and professional.
How To Style It: Layer with a light jacket or cardigan, opaque tights, and pumps.
There's a reason our LBLD was inspired by an evening stroll in Paris - it's as chic and romantic as the City of Light, and a perfect dress to pack for trips to any fashionable destination. Dress it down with an anorak, tights, and boots for daytime exploring; dress it up for candle-lit dinners and dancing.
How To Style It: If you'll be doing lots of walking, opt for high quality ballet flats (heels might look amazing, but they are not worth the blisters), and a retro jacket. Don't forget the red lipstick. Tres chic!
A great-fitting black lace dress is the universal antidote to "What do I wear?" pre-wedding wardrobe paralysis. It transcends multiple formality levels, won't clash with any combination of wedding colors, and looks great in pictures.
How To Style It: Dress it up with strappy sandals, a metallic clutch, and a pashmina.
5. Cocktail Parties
A lacy dress has been a go-to cocktail party option for decades, and it will continue to be for many decades to come.
How To Style It: This look is all about bold jewelry - add a statement necklace or chandelier earrings (the more sparkle, the better!), and finish things off with playful pumps or ankle boots.
6. Plays/Musical Performances
Looking for a sophisticated, eternally stylish outfit for a night at the symphony or the theater? Look no further than your LBLD.
How To Style It: Add heels, tights, and a chic cocoon coat in a bold color like cobalt blue.
7. Dinner Parties
Whether you're hosting or attending, a little black lace dress will elicit countless compliments without putting you in the dreaded "overdressed" category.
How To Style It: Stay comfortable (and stylish!) in simple ballet flats and a cozy wrap sweater that lets the lace neckline peek out.
8. Holiday Open Houses
Searching for a holiday party look that's festive and pretty, not cheesy and costume-y? A black lace dress solves all your holiday wardrobe dilemmas.
How To Style It: Show your festive flair with playful accessories: Red patent red heels; big, sparkly drop earrings; and a jeweled headband.
In the market for an LBLD of your own? Check out our Delphine Dress, a gorgeous black lace dress with sheer cap sleeves, a bit of stretch, and the most flattering fit you'll find anywhere. As always, made with love and care with the highest quality fabric, right here in the USA.