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STYLING BY CRYSTAL MILLER AND ANGIE HOFFMAN PHOTOS BY ERIC JOHNSON

FASHION FADS COME AND GO,

but the woman in the little black dress is

always in style — and rightly so. recognition of the little black dress is such that many refer to it simply as the “lbd.” etched permanently into the fashion hall

of fame by designer coco chanel in 1926, the lbd was designed for functionality as well as style. it was even coined by american vogue magazine as “chanel’s ford.” like the model t, the lbd ushered in luxury, affordability and accessibility. chanel’s fundamental frock became an

instant hit not only because it was simple and elegant, but because it was versatile. and although every generation of designers since has edited the lbd, its basic structure has passed the test of time. essential in every woman’s closet, this is one little num- ber that has never lost its appeal. adorning your lbd with classic pearls and

fabulous footwear is timeless. but don’t wait for an occasion that calls for your finest. Give your little black dress big play with eight venus inspirations.

Editor’s Note: What to Look For

When shopping for just the right

lbd, look for details that flatter your shape. lace detailing or jewel embel- lishments at the waist can optimize an hourglass figure while strapless dresses will show off great shoulders. choose a length anywhere from mini to right below the knee to maximize versatility.

The canvas

little black dress by aGb, bon ton stores, $59.99

Leather and studs and boots! Oh my!

JouJou faux leather cream jacket, bon-ton stores, $39.99 studded, yellow scarf, leuthold’s, $28

Gun-metal taupe handbag with scarf detail, leuthold’s, $64 black boots, your closet

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Au Bureau

appraisal geometric jacket with zipper detail and belt, leuthold’s, $58 victor swan black scalloped heel, bon-ton stores, $79.99

Glamour Girl

metallic scarf, leuthold’s, $20 silver clutch, leuthold’s, $20 unlisted, silver sling-back, bon-ton stores, $34.99 Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52
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