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Party Seasons’s Favorite: The Little Black Dress

Needless to say, by now we are all experiencing the same emotions, anxiety and anticipation that form the leading path towards the enchanted month of December, the month when we feel magic a little closer and when it’s alright to let go of whatever is holding us back and enjoy the little things. The approaching month of December will be all about tasty food and quality time spent with family and friends, but it will also be about music and parties and admittedly about fashion as well.

We are going back and forth with loud prints, bold colors, intricate embellishments, alluring cuts and contrasting shapes, but when searching for an appropriate Holiday attire, we still want a touch of the good old classic. And nothing beats the little black dress when it comes to a tasteful, graceful and feminine appearance. Sometimes going back to basics can actually feel amazing.

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With a little inspiration from the Spring 2013 runways, it will be noticeable that a black dress doesn’t equal a boring look. It can be as powerful and bold as any other outfit you might have in mind, it can be enhanced and toned down, worn to dinners and parties as well. Let’s learn the secrets of that effortless black dress look only from the best designers out there.

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01. The most romantic approach to the exquisite little black dress is best envisioned in the Jill Stuart Spring 2013 collection. The designer’s impeccable take on the timeless piece eludes femininity and mystery, while also carrying that old Hollywood glamour that would make this type of dress a winter favorite. The see-through lace nightgown is perfectly balanced by its mid-length, the short organza sleeves and the high-ruffled neckline. The styling department aligns matching black sandals, minimal accessories, a sleek center-part and a bold pop of dark color via the lipstick.

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02. Empowered by a bold harness, carefully softened by intricate lace paneling, the little black dress according to the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2013 collection is apparently tough and fashion forward. The leather details and the side slit strongly contrasted with the reasonable length and the feminine fluidity of the dress. White ankle strap pumps and a metallic oversized clutch broke down the dark pallet and made it a little softer. A slightly messy hair-do and bold orange lips seem to be the perfect way to emphasize the tough, yet feminine dress.

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03. There’s a certain sophistication that embraces the little black dress in the Gucci Spring 2013 collection and we absolutely love it. The 1960s elegant silhouette is updated with touches of sheerness and dramatic sleeves. The polished nightgown, playing upon mystery and a sense of understated elegance is outlined by matching ankle strap sandals featuring a minimal amount of embellishments. The jewelry are also kept to a minimal, leaving way to the sleek center-part bun and alluring cat eyes to really catch the attention of the audience.

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04. Jenny Packham’s Spring 2013 collection is filled with feminine dresses, flattering silhouettes, glamorous accents and and luxurious little details, that’s for sure. Amongst them, this little black dress is maybe the closest version to the classic sillouethe, that we happen to have stumbled upon the Spring runways. Fitted for a movie star, the elegant garment that features sparkling paillettes all over theĀ neckline and a cute mini bow accent, is perfectly styled with contrasting pumps, preciousĀ studded earrings and a sophisticated side ponytail. Holiday Glam!