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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Mum on the Run - Day 3 Spring work wear: the LBD



A LBD, or a little blue dress, or little red dress is a really handy addition to your spring work wardrobe, provided that it is versatile enough.  For that, it needs to be fairly plain and it helps if the belt can be changed too.  If you feel that you do not suit, or do not like belts, that is less of a consideration. 

As to length, if it finishes just on or above your knee, you should be able to wear it with both flats and heels. Too short before you add heels and too much leg may be on display at work.  Too long without heels it can look frumpy.

This dress is a silk one from Whistles which has a cotton slip underneath. It is one of my favourite pieces as it is pretty yet simple.  Here I have gone for a simple day time look and  I have substituted the black belt that it came with and swapped it for a wide bright blue belt.  I have added blue/green sandals and kept to a black bag for simplicity.

Silk Dress Whistles, Belt Reiss, Shoes Pied a Terre, Bag Marc Jacobs.
Below I have styled the dress for a night out.  I have swapped the belt back to the silk one that came with the dress and added a statement necklace, high shoes and a burgandy patent evening bag - all of it fairly simple colour wise.  Of course there are lots of other alternatives that you could go for - bright shoes/bright bag/oversized clutch/statement earrings instead of statement necklace and so on - and therein lies the beauty of a good LBD, it acts as a blank canvas, enabling you to create many looks from one piece.

Dress Whistles, Shoes LK Bennett, Bag Reiss, Necklace Oasis

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