Many attribute the origin of the little black dress to Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. In an issue of Vogue magazine circa 1926, Chanel published a photo of a woman in a simple black frock. The short, versatile dress was nicknamed “Chanel’s Ford” because, like a Model T Ford, the LBD was accessible to women of disparate social standings.
Today’s dress du jour is BB Dakota’s Luminary Dress. This fancy frock offers an innovative spin on the LBD with its full, knife pleated skirt and glossy, incandescent finish.
Keep reading to find out how the fun proportions and solid color of this dress make for an easy styling challenge…
For a holiday office party, or a festive night on the town, try pairing the Luminary Dress with the Mmmbelt. A bright belt can break up the monotony of a solid garment and cinch in your curves, which are often lost when wearing an empire waist frock. To emphasize the vibrant red coloring of the belt, coordinate your accessories accordingly, starting with the Betsey Johnson Bunki Nini Tights and the A Berry Sprig Deal Headband. When you consider the simplicity of the dress, it’s important to showcase savvy style through the use of pitch-perfect accessories. I love the piquant print of the plaid tights, as well as the vintage-inspired, curious look of the berry-adorned headband.
Jess’ keen sense of trends quickly picked up on the “edgier” possibilities of styling this outfit. Once we realized this was entirely possible with our available accessories, we went for it! The silver hardware at the belt’s center lead to Jeffrey Campbell’s chained Fancy Footwork Heels, the oversized (and fabulous) National Treasure Earrings, and the studly Pyramids and Spheres and Rhinestones, Oh My! Bag. The suede heels, dangling earrings, and embellished bag possess a shot of severity mixed with plenty of feminine flourishes, adding just the right amount of pizazz to this LBD. Finally, finish off your look with the Standing Ovation Necklace, playing up the peeks of ravishing red and sparkling silver which colorize your ensemble.
For everyday wear of the Luminary Dress, try adding a lightweight cardigan and flats. The open, button-less silhouette of the Give My Regards Cardigan in All My Love and the demure low-heel of the Cambo Shoes work well together to add casualness. Heighten the bright traces of color which dot the floral cardigan with the adorable Never Waist a Rose Belt in Fuchsia and the vivid Tights for Every Occasion in Birthday Party. Hot pink, kelly green, and virtually any other Lisa Frank-esque color usually indicate a fun, incidental approach to fashion. When dressing for work or play, this can be a good thing! However, I’d stick with sophistication when styling a formal ensemble.