The Little Black Dress Can Be Trendy Too!

We all know that the little black dress is a wardrobe essential, and that it is usually smart to play it safe with a timeless piece. But sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little fun. So today, even though we are heading back to the basics, we wanted to share our favorite LBD’s that rock some of our favorite spring trends: cutouts, leather, and lace!

A Hint of Leather LBD – We love the way this dress juxtaposes a feminine and flirty skirt with a edgy leather top. A great scoop neckline and banded waist means this dress will flatter many shapes! And it’s a steal for $57!

Leather Playing Field Backless Black Dress – $57 from Lulu’s

Sultry Lace – This sheath dress is perfect for showing off your curves and your love of lace. It would great for a date, a wedding, or wearing to work.

Gallery Gathering Dress – $52.99 from ModCloth

Lovely & Lacey – So this dress combines has a precious peplum skirt and lacy top for a very trendy take on the LBD. It’s currently sold out on LuLus, but hopefully it will be back in stock soon.

Save the Date Black Lace Dress – $44 from LuLus

Perfectly Cute Cutouts – This LBD from ModCloth is the perfect example of putting a trendy twist on a classic! How cute is the little bow around the waist?

Classic Twist Dress – $54.99 from ModCloth

Most Comfortable Cutout? This gorgeous and affordable dress is made from a stretchy knit fabric that doesn’t make a girl compromise comfort for style.

Noir-vel to Behold Cutout Black Dress – $37.50 from Lulu’s

Which is your favorite remix of a wardrobe classic? Have a beautiful weekend!

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Wardrobe Essential: The Convertible Infinity Dress!

Y&L is here to help guide you in your quest for personal style that doesn’t compromise your sanity or wardrobe simplicity. We are also about great style for all types of women that doesn’t break the bank. So this week we want to talk about the infinity dress… a piece that can add serious mileage to your wardrobe! One easy way to keep your clothing budget under control without getting bored is to add pieces with versatility. A few weeks ago we featured the Versalette, a fashion creation that has managed to be both dress, top, skirt, jacket, and scarf (and we should hopefully be getting one in grey very soon)! This week we are going to focus on finding the perfect infinity dress for your wardrobe. Some fabulous choices you have are fabric type, color, and length of the infinity dress. You could go the LBD route (little black dress), or opt for a more adventurous neutral (navy, plum, dark grey, taupe), or even go bold (bright red, fuchsia, or neon—and you know our thoughts on neon). The infinity dress below is from Modcloth, and will only set you back $39.99. We have shown it in black, but they also carry it in a bright pink. Some important details include to take note of are it’s asymmetrical cut, and semi-sheer jersey material—personally we think something in a heavier material might get more mileage.

Venturing away from larger retailers into the independent world of Etsy gives you even more options for your infinity dress (and you can feel good about supporting independent women in their craft). We love this mid-length convertible dress from Jennifer Fox’s shop The Convertible One! The mid-length version we have shown is only $62 and comes in a plethora of colors (we are leaning towards eggplant, rhubarb, and mauve). If you prefer floor or maxi-length, it’s only another $10 (making the maxi-length a total $72). The hem is not finished or asymmetrical, but one of the benefits of shopping through Etsy is you can usually request to add or remove certain details from shop owners. Oh and did we mention you can get this fabulous dress in a two-tone fabric??? Awesome.

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Classic Style Breakdown

What better place to begin breaking down our style boards than the “Classic” look. It is easily one of the most coveted look among women. Built on a wardrobe of quality basic pieces, the classic look appears effortless, chic, and because it’s built on the basics—it never goes out of style. While it’s better to opt for quality over quantity when it comes to buying clothes, you can attain the classic look on just about any budget!

Style Icons:

Audrey Hepburn – made the little black dress famous, amongst other things!

Jackie Onassis – known for her elegant style, trench coat, and large sunglasses!

Essential Pieces:

  • Little Black Dress – every girl should own one. period.
  • Trench Coat – a great trench coat is timeless and will never go out of style. I love mine from Banana Republic!
  • White Button Down Shirt – get a well-fitted shirt that can be used for work or for play.
  • Basic Cardigan – this is an essential layering piece and is an opportunity to add some color to your wardrobe.
  • Pencil Skirt – pick one in a subtle print or neutral color.
  • Dark-Wash Jeans – pick a high quality dark denim with some stretch (1-3% spandex) in a cut that flatters your figure (look for a post on choosing the right jeans!)
  • Dark Dress Pants (Black or Navy) – choose a flattering cut and style that accentuates your assets.
  • Neutral Heels or Flats – choose comfortable shoes in black or a nude color.
  • Scarf – your chance to personalize a little more by choosing a unique pattern or color.
  • Structured Handbag – a great handbag can tie an outfit together. Avoid gaudy or trendy details and opt for a simple but elegant bag that will work with any outfit.
  • Oversized Dark Sunglasses – These look fabulous on most people, and add some mystery (while of course protecting your darling eyes)!
  • Accessories – keep the accessories simple and to a minimum. Think pearl necklace, delicate bracelet, or a simple ring.

Favorite Stores To Shop The Classic Look:

  • J. Crew – They carry great things, but can be on the pricier side.
  • Banana Republic – I got a great trench coat from here for half price. It’s one of my favorite pieces 🙂
  • Anthropologie – They have a lot of eclectic stuff, but their basics are very high quality, and I have caught things on sale before!
  • The Gap – An affordable alternative to J. Crew or Banana Republic.
  • Department Stores – Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s
  • Target – Sometimes they carry really cute things at great prices, you just have to keep your eye out!

Where have you found some great classic pieces? What is your favorite “classic” piece?

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