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Top Ten Essentials for Women Series No 3 - The Little Black Dress

The third item on my Top Ten list is the little black dress. This is the dress that you know you can thrown on at the last minute with a few accessories and look fabulous. If you choose wisely you should be able to dress this garment up or down extending its usefulness in your wardrobe.

The right dress can be the perfect travel companion, when you really want to multi-task your pieces. On a business trip it will serve you for meetings and time in the office when paired with a smart blazer. Swap out the blazer for a leather jacket and your tote bag for a clutch and you are all set for drinks and dinner. You can even wear it on the plane with a pair of sneakers and a denim jacket. Choose the fabric of this multi-tasker dress carefully. You want something that is not going to crease and that you can wash and wear with ease. It's also better to go for a classic style with simple lines. No off the shoulder or statement sleeves as you will find these styles hard to work back with different jackets.

Black is usually best for its versatility, but you can do a colour or print if you don't like to wear black. The most flattering and appropriate length for most women is on or just above the knee.



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Lets go Shopping!

There are lots of different options out there - no matter your shape or size. Here are a few of my favourites.

Forever New is great for affordable on-trend fashion. They have a number of different styles of black dresses in store at the moment. I have chosen this style as it is a flattering cut and will take you easily from office to cocktails.

Forever New Lucinda Wrap Skirt Dress $119.99 - At time of writing was 25% off - $89.99

Mela Purdie is one of my favourite brands for their high quality travel friendly pieces. Even though they are on the pricier side, I find that my Mela pieces literally last for years and will mix and match through the seasons. This dress is light and floaty for hot summer days, but would look amazing with a leather jacket and ankle boots for an edgier look when the temperature drops. Made in their best selling mousseline this dress has a soft a-line shape through the body, a drop waist hemline with a soft ruffle finish and pockets! It also meets my no crease, wash and wear criteria.

Mela Purdie Flared Crystal Dress $325.00 at Impulse Boutique

Witchery is another brand worth checking out for their beautiful smart casual clothes and corporate wear. This dress has a sleeve and will be perfect through the end of winter and into Spring. Made from ponte fabric, this will be a good travel companion and as an added bonus comfortable to wear. The swing style will also be flattering for most body shapes.

Witchery Ponte Swing Dress $129.95

No round up of little black dresses would be complete without a Cue dress in the mix. Cue has been at the forefront of Australian fashion for over 48 years and is the largest local manufacturer of fashion in Australia. This feminine dress would be perfect for a formal occasion or a night out on the town. It has a rose gold zip down the back and would look amazing styled with rose gold accessories which are very on-trend at the moment.

Cue Diagonal Layered Frill Dress $290

Metalicus has a range of dresses on offer in comfortable easy care fabrics. This dress is made from a stretchy soy modal blend which is luxurious to the touch and has a flattering v neckline and centre front ruching from neck to hem, good for camouflaging those little lumps and bumps.

Metalicus Mori Dress $159.95

Namoi Designs is a local Adelaide designer who designs and manufactures beautiful silk & jersey basics & statement pieces in her Eastwood studio. Natural textiles in conjunction with drapery allow for an effortlessly beautiful and striking silhouette. This gorgeous dress is made from stretch lace and would be perfect for a day at the races or a cocktail party.

Namoi Designs Cap Sleeve Lace Dress $229


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