Everyone needs one. If you don’t have a LBD (Little Black Dress) you need to purchase one immediately.  For work, for play, for fun … it is the one item in your closet that can be worn anywhere. #forreal

For Work

The key to making a LBD office-worthy is to add structure. A jacket or shell makes any dress office-appropriate. I opted for a structured shell over the less-formal dress. And the necklace … well that’s just plain fun. #structurecanincludepersonality

Kate Spade Sunglasses (similar) | Jenny Bird Necklace from Rocksbox | Theory Shell (similar)

For Fun

Ramp up the fun factor of any LBD by adding a splash of color.  If you are feeling really playful, include the shoes in the fun too!! I show two “fun” examples here … a sequined cardi with matching sandals or a bright green scarf. The possibilities really are endless.

Pashmina Scarf (similar)| Sequined Cardi from Boden (similar) | DV Sandals (alternative)

For Play

Sometimes all a LBD needs is one BOLD  statement piece. This Jenny Bird necklace fits the bill. Choose one with color, lots of layers, make it long or short – all work. Almost any metal or color choice will pop against the black– just don’t make it dainty or demure.  #statementmeansSTATEMENT

Jenny Bird Necklace from Rocksbox | Ted Baker Neevo Heels (limited sizes but on sale)

Add Edge

Leather, animal print, studs … whatever you choose … change the whole vibe with different footwear and a little leather. You could also sub denim for the leather (I would go with a lighter denim to pop against the black – dark washes will get lost-plus light washes are very NOW).

Leopard Shoes (similar or similar) | Leather Jacket ($74 equivalent here)

More LBD(s)

The prices range from $49 to $89 and many come in other colors but black is the quintessential color to start with.   There is literally a dress for every body type and occasion.

This is the dress I am wearing in all the picks. It’s a perfect throw on dress but it also offers so many opportunities!  Plus it has pockets!  YES!  It comes in four other colors and the white is currently 40% off.

This simple little tank number is a blank canvas waiting for options.  Or see the racer back version here.

This dress brings its own edge. I love the Lace details. Can you say date night?  This one is probably the hardest one to pull off at the office but is too cute not to include.

A slinkier version of mine …

Another office-challenged dress but so very sexy. You can use a jacket to de-emphasize the deep V … but nothing is hiding that slit. #vavavoom

A very classic easy silhouette.  I like the Midi length of this dress. I would mimic the boxy look with a cropped jacket and no lapels (something like this would be perfect).

There is no picture – but here is a link to the LBD the rest of the internet raves about. I find this one harder to style for the office but it is very casual cool.

Happy Shopping!