Art of Style

The workwear update: A little black dress

Featuring: Helmut Lang, Beaufille

LBDs are not just for the dance floor – their alt-acronym should be the Luxe Boardroom Dress. From Beaufille’s puffed-sleeved, fluted silhouette to Helmut Lang’s streamlined, high-necked midi, black dresses in bold silhouettes are an instant shortcut to workday confidence.

The best way to add impact to an all-black outfit is to mix textures, so style your LBD of choice with patent heels or suede knee-high boots. White pumps are a classic option, but choose a shape, like cone heels, that will give your look a modern edge. We like the idea of adding a pop of animal print, too – a statement-making pair of snake ankle boots or leopard pumps will get you noticed for all the right reasons.

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