My friend Susan just scored a ravishing LBD from our favourite resale/vintage shop, Thrill of the Find. And I bought one just before the holiday season, so we're going out for a cocktail in our dresses.
There are books celebrating it, bands named after it, shops with nothing but LBDs, but some of us wonder, just like when you have a first baby: once I've brought it home, what the hell do I do with it?
LBD can become Little Boring Dress without TLC.
Silver Small Organic Hoops in oxidized silver by Ten Thousand Things $190, from Ylang23. (Charming, but too sedate with the LBD.)
Diamond studs under 3 ct. tw will not pack the presence you need. Even if you have big honkin' skating rinks, I think you could wear more interesting earrings with your LBD.
Miguel Ases Coral Bead Chandelier Earrings with Oxidized Silver and 14K Gold Fill Beads $374 at Twist. You don't go to a party in these, you are the party!
Fiona Paxton Sylvie Necklace in handworked beads and sequins with draping chain section, £140 from Kabiri.
Though there are loads of killer heels out there, I'm going to assume you'll want shoes you can actually stand in, or walk from a restaurant to the theatre.
Naturalizer "Endless"in black leather, $75 from Naturalizer. This shoe screams suit, and will take the fizz out of a festive dress.
Not quite Smokin':
When in doubt, wear slingbacks with the LBD. Naturalizer's "Whitmore" is better, if you're looking for a lower-priced shoe ($75) that's well-balanced.
But it doesn't raise my pulse; still too Safe. For Smokin', we need lots more money! Yeah, baby!
Wait, no we don't!
RSVP's "Valorie" with cushioned foot petals has comfort features and printed python, for only $89 from Zappos.
Or if you absolutely have to encase your heel, RSVP's "Dolly" in Geranium Masacra Patent, should get your feet in a party mood. ($110, from Zappos).
Available also in black, lemon yellow and linen patent.
A classic trench (shown, the Somewhere trench from Sears, $129), too utilitarian for the LBD's drama.
This embroidered trench from Talbot's, $229, is not too office-y.
At a higher price, but so chic: A formal take on the traditional trench, the Celyn dress Mac by Erdem, in an ethereal dove cotton lined in printed silk, $1, 310 from Net-a-porter.
Resale/vintage stores are often great sources for evening coats, because they don't get worn much, and are generally well-kept.
This gold lamé and sea green 60's number is $115 from Chi Chi and The Greek.