How to wear the Perfect Little Black Dress this Christmas

Oasis perfect little black dress

Oasis perfect little black dress

Whilst I love, adore and wear colour at every possible opportunity I also recognise that sometimes we all just want to keep things classic and simple.  This is when a little black dress (LBD) comes in.

Black may not be in everyone's dominant colour palette but I believe that it is not the colour you wear but how you wear it that makes it a success.

You need to consider the fabric your LBD is made from, how much flesh is on show and what accessories and make-up you are going to use in order to make it work for you.

All Shades of Black

The appearance of black will soften when you use a textured fabric and 'lighten' when you opt for a sheer fabric.

This Monsoon dress is a great option for those with a Soft or Light colouring as the texture of the sheer lace top softens the appearance of black next to the face.

Showing Flesh

perfect little black dress

perfect little black dress

Those with a Deep colouring are the only ones who can wear a strong, dark colour on its own near their face.

If that isn't you then in order to wear black successfully, consider leaving more flesh on show with a lower or open neckline.

(The higher the neckline the more dark shadows reflecting upwards which can be aging!)


Wearing jewellery is a sure-fire way to make your little black dress flattering. The light will reflect on metals and beads giving a lift and bringing out your natural colouring.

Warmer skin tones are best in gold, copper and bronze; cooler skin tones are best in silver, platinum and pewter.

Diamonds are perfect for everyone!


Don't make the mistake of wearing a strong shade of lipstick or blusher when wearing black.  Avoid the temptation to be over-dramatic with your eyeliner and eyeshadow colours and stick with what you know suits you.

Still unsure ? A Colour or Style consultation is the perfect solution or how about dropping a few hints to your nearest and dearests and maybe you will find a Colour Consultation gift voucher under the Christmas tree!

Rosemary in pink

Rosemary in pink

Want to hear what my gorgeous clients have said :

"I enjoyed the Colour experience greatly and discovered lots of new ideas I had not considered previously. Although I love wearing black, I now try to combine it with colour, and to keep light colours near my face. The consultation was fun, and very relaxing after the long trip from Australia via London."