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Cast the black spell

The ‘Little Black Dress’ or LBD as it is fondly referred to, just doesn’t go out of style. If you are worried about what kind of black dress to opt for, read on

fashion and trends Updated: May 28, 2010 15:37 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

The ‘Little Black Dress’ or LBD as it is fondly referred to, just doesn’t go out of style. If you are worried about what kind of black dress to opt for, read on.

Too thin
Those with thin frames should opt for a dress with extra details like full sleeves, ruched waist and layers. Says designer Gauri Karan, “Dresses which are fitted on top and have flares go best with this body type.” Adds designer Preeti Chandra, “Experiment with wide and deep necklines and the shoulders and sleeves. Don’t go in for straight (shift) dresses.”

Wide shoulders
“Those with broad shouldered should opt for asymmetrical necklines. Moreover, dresses with uneven lengths at the bottom, one-shoulder or even off-shoulders are suited well,” says designer Rina Dhaka. “And avoid puffy sleeves.”

Bust heavy
“Necklines such as boat neck, A-line cuts, but not too deep, should be worn by those with a heavy bust,” says Dhaka. “Avoid Empire line cut and opt for shift dresses,” adds Karan.

Plus size
So what if you are a bit on the heavier side, you still can sport an LBD. “Stick to dresses with small flares and fitted under the bust with little or no detailing,” says Chandra.