By a great little LBD I mean that this is both a great Little Black Dress and a great Little Blue Dress – take your pick!
OK, so let’s get straight to the nitty gritty as to why the Audrey dress by Allium B (£110) is such a winner shall we? First of all there’s the length. It has that lovely length to it which means that there’s not too much leg on show. Some ladies love showing their legs – which is fantastic – others less so. I definitely fall into the “less so” category. Mary and Clare design all of their dresses to have just that little bit more length than lots of High Street brands.
Then there’s the neckline, which is really pretty and delicate and negates the need for tricky necklace decisions! I also like the fact that this neckline would also work on ladies with a curvier bust, despite the fact that it has a fairly high neck. The pretty detail breaks up the chest area, the effect of which is to give it a lower neckline, without the cleavage flash.
The sleeves are a perfect length too, nipping in at the elbow and with enough fabric so that they aren’t restrictive in any way. Sometimes dresses with sleeves can still be restrictive, especially if they are made of a jersey fabric but that’s not the case with the fabric on this dress, which is Viscose Moss Crepe.
When it comes to fabric belts, I am normally the first to whip them off and replace them with something more structured and with a bit of colour. However, after trying a few different ones of my own, I went back to the original. The width of it was right and unlike introducing another colour, the all black belt gives a sleeker line – which doesn’t mean to say that I wouldn’t ring the changes at some point. Equally it can be worn without the belt for a different look.
As to other ways of styling the dress? With it being black, the possibilities are endless. Black and tan are always a great combination so here are some accessories that would work with it – a leopard print bag, animal print scarf, cream and tan shoes. Two of the three below, worn with either a black or tan blazer, would be a great look.
Pair it with either silver or gold for a night out. Here I’ve chosen silver shoes, a black snake print Liberty bag, a black glitter belt and a chunky diamante bracelet. The texture on all of the items prevents the outfit from being too flat and the black belt, despite its glitter, continues with the clean line theme.
A spot of colour is always nice against black, whether it’s blue, pink, green, yellow or red it would give the dress a really different feel from the more sedate options above.
A contrasting belt and bag would work well, perhaps with a nude shoe. Or a contrasting shoe and bag with a black belt. A scarf is a good option when wearing a blazer, which can be removed to reveal the pretty neckline.
For me the perfect thing about the Audrey dress is its versatility which is, without doubt, a real wardrobe saviour. Now as to the trickiest decision of all. Black or blue?