That Little Black Dress

The fashion staple never goes out of style, but everyone can use an update, or a spare.

The little black dress probably has been part of a woman’s wardrobe longer than any other piece of clothing. The fashion staple never goes out of style, but everyone can use an update, or a spare. January and February are filled with a number of galas and special events, not to mention Valentine’s Day. A little black dress is the perfect staple piece to dress up or dress down, no matter the occasion. Here are a selection of styles from local boutiques, with tips to take your LBD from staple to stunning.

Chic & Charming

Best for: The office party or toasting with friends

little black dress fashion ensemble
BB Dakota Lace Dress, $138, Colorado Co-op, | Tristan Velvet Boots, $35, Fab’rik, | Wouters & Hendrix Pink Quartz Ring, $238 and Island Imports Earrings, $38, Colorado Co-op, | Black Clutch, $32, erbn Boutique, Photos by Audrey Julian


Lace is in, and it’s nothing short of beautiful on a dress. Let the lace do the talking by keeping accessories to a minimum. A bold clutch and simple earrings make a perfect match.


Wear patterned leggings or tights—too distracting. Instead, finish with trendy velvet booties to have the whole office asking where you shop.

Sexy yet Classy

Best for: Concerts, galas or elegant dates

little black dress fashion ensemble
Bailey 44 Swan Dress, $198 and Love Token Shawl, $198, Colorado Co-op, | Lauren Conrad Snapdragon Heels, $60, Kohl’s, | Micky Lynn Necklace, $180 and Micky Lynn Earrings, $112, Elly Blue, | Clutch, $26, erbn Boutique, Photos by Audrey Julian


Simple can be stylish when it comes to the LBD, but find one with a small detail like these ruffle sleeves. A simple cashmere or fur shrug can make a statement and ward off the Colorado chill.


Bedazzle your look with too many accessories or colors. Let the dress be your statement of timeless holiday elegance.

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