Correctly placed cut-outs can be chic and sleek. See Faith’s sexy shoulder slits as evidence.
With a simple cut and color, fabric takes center stage. Experiment with otherwise hard-to-wear picks like velvet.
Make your LBD stand out from the crowd with unique touches, like Courteney’s bell sleeves.
When it doubt, pick proper-yet-playful. This option gives plenty of coverage, but stays flirty with a sheer neck detail.
Genius construction, like the barely-noticeable gather at Diane’s waist, makes for a figure-flattering silhouette.
A sexy place to flash a little skin? Your shoulders. Leave ‘em bare with a halter neck.
Re-purpose a cocktail frock by pairing it with a cardigan.
A plunging neckline gives this simple shift a dose of sex-appeal (those legs don’t hurt, either.)
The tiniest of cap sleeves gives this would-be simple shape a lot of style points.
Long-sleeved black runs the risk of looking too school marm-ish. Keep the look light by using plenty of sheer, feather-weight fabrics.
The sitcom mom gives the one-shoulder trend a twirl-literally.
Even the most classic of choices looks relaxed with some carefully placed flounces and and frills. We love the casual feel that Sandy’s neckline puts off.
If you prefer bright to black, inject your LBD with color. Try a bright under-layer or a playful pop via rosettes or ruffles.
Certain frocks, like the classic shirt-dress, work at the office or a cocktail party. Note Tilda’s tricks: satin adds glam and an attention-grabbing necklace kicks things up a notch.
Shine lovers rejoice! Recent trends brought sparkle out of the cabaret and into cocktail hour. A simple shape gets loads of pizazz when done up in sequins.
Designer knows best. Mimic your favorite shape, like this oversized shirt look, in a luxe fabric.
Make anything as chic as a little black dress with tips for making inexpensive clothes look pricey.
First Published Tue, 2010-09-07 15:23
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