Black Dresses Suitable For Any Occasion
It’s common knowledge that every woman should own at least one little black dress. Owning a fabulous black dress ensures that you have something to wear on any occasion, from a wedding to a night-out with your closest friends.
Not only is black flattering and slimming, it’s also a power neutral that fits in virtually every imaginable context, and can be played with for endless variations on style and look.
Modern fashion designers have proven that a black dress does not have to be plain and boring; modern selections of black cocktail dresses come in a variety of cuts, styles and shapes, making it easier for you to find a great cut, and harder for you to fade into the background.
Today’s black cocktail dresses often sport dramatic necklines: bateau, bibbed, banded and round cuts create stunning geometric lines that frame the face and shoulders. Longer sleeves are also making a comeback on short black dresses, with actresses like Eliza Dushku sporting stylish mini cocktail dresses with full-length sleeves. During the warmer months, options include kimono, capped and three-quarter length sleeves, which are less constricting to the wearer and more comfortable for both indoor and outdoor functions.
A-line silhouettes are very popular for 2011, as in most years; this cut flatters women of virtually any shape or height. If you feel like a solid black A-line dress is too simple for you, choose one with ruffling, a built-in belt or some other subtle detailing that makes the dress visually interesting, while keeping it sleek and sophisticated.
Lastly, seasonality is important. You may consider owning two separate black cocktail dresses: one for summer and one for winter. Your summer dress should be made of more breathable, light fabrics such as cotton; a chic, strapless black cocktail dress with a sweetheart neckline is perfect for summertime, while an A-line dress with a bateau neckline (made of a cozy and warm fabric) is, of course, more appropriate for winter. The versatility of the “little black dress” means you never have to be uncomfortable in what you are wearing, and you can always looks and feel your best. When it comes to wearing dresses it’s important to find one that will be suitable for any occasion that may happen, having a black dress is perfect for that reason that it fits with any occasion. If you don’t have one, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to buy one.
Hello, my name is Brooke and I enjoy writing about designers and their new clothing lines for summer and fall.