I've also noticed a lot of little black dresses in classic, simple designs that are flattering for most body types--all marked down drastically. LBDs are fantastic finds when you're shopping clearance sales because they're such solid investment pieces: trends may come and go, but an LBD is not going to be one of those clearance rack purchases you regret. In my experience, there are a couple of things to look for in an LBD that you'll wear for many special occasions to come:
- The cut and drape of the fabric always flatter your figure and never make you feel fat.
- You can comfortably wear a bra under the dress, or it has a built-in bra with adequate support.
- The dress has universally flattering features such as sleeves (long or short), V-necks, cinched waists, and A-line skirts.
- Strapless dresses are also very flattering if you have defined shoulders.
Alexa Admor mesh dress with thin belt, $100
Alexa Admor assymetrical hem dress, $73
Alexa Admor lace dress with ribbon sash, $85
BCBG flutter sleeve dress, $90
Design History spaghetti strap dress, $53
Fashionista ruched strapless jersey dress, $75
Fashionista V-neck ruched jersey dress, $75