How to wear the Perfect Little Black Dress this Christmas

hilst 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.

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