Back To Basics: What Is The Best “Anytime” Basic?

This blog is part of a series inspired by our “Basics Checklist: The 33 Wardrobe Items You MUST Own”.  Get in on the fun and download your free copy.

What is your favorite wardrobe Basic? What’s the item in your closet that you reach for time and time again; that seems to work in every situation; that serves all your sartorial needs, and hides the drips from spilled coffee?

We’ll tell you.

It’s your LITTLE BLACK DRESS.

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Because of it’s versatility, ease of wear, and endless styling options, we’ve elected the Little Black Dress as THE perfect Anytime Basic.

So, how do you pick your perfect LBD? Everyone has different needs, but here are some quick tips for picking what will work best for YOU.

Pick a style that works for you. If you hate strapless bras or aren’t comfortable going bra-less, pick a cut that allows you to wear good foundation garments and flatters your body type.

Try it with different shoes. Make sure you are comfortable with the length no matter what shoes you are wearing. A good LBD works with heels, flats, or sandals.

Check the label. Do you like the fabric? Is it dry clean only? Take into account care and maintenance of the piece since you’ll want it to last for a long time.

Buy for quality and longevity. As the most versatile basic in your closet, you want to make sure it lasts. Avoid the fast fashion fix, and go for quality.

Pick a multi-season piece. You want to be able to wear it in any weather, so pick something that can work on the warmest summer days as well as the chilliest winter mornings.

We created our 4-Way LBD with all of these tips in mind. It’s reversible, it’s easy to care for, it works in any season, and it is endlessly mix-and-matchable. Check out a couple of the outfits we’ve created with it, for work and play.

 

At the office

A bold belt is perfect for the office or a dinner date.

 

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Add a bold necklace and clutch for a great statement.

 

Get more tips on styling your LBD, and pick up your FREE copy of the Basics Checklist now. Once your closet is in tip-top shape, you’ll be amazed at all the items you have to mix and match with your LBD!

Cathy Benavides

Cathy is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called Austin Slave to Fashion. She is a blogger and the social media manager here at Fling Fashions and hoards lip gloss, owls, and fine point Sharpie markers.

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