STYLE | Why Every Woman Needs a Red, White and Black Dress.

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Dresses left to right: Athomic red jersey dress by Tomas Maier, White panelled dress by Cushnie Et Ochs, Black mini dress by Minimum. Alpaca and brass oval clutch by Anndra Need, Silver Olivia clutch by Mis KG. Shoes: Intricate metallic heel sandal by Karen Millen, Silver pumps by Sergio Rossi and Saint Laurent gold glitter sandals.

The holiday season is a time when almost everyone is dashing from one party to another.  One of the biggest challenges women face is finding something to wear.  We all know that you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. It’s the classic go-to piece that every woman should have in her closet.  The simplicity, versatility and slimming effect of a black dress is what most women seem to adore.  It goes from a day at the office to an evening party with ease.  Just wear a blazer over it during the day and it’s the perfect office attire.  At night rid the jacket and add bold accessories to transition into party mode.  It’s important to pick the right silhouette for your body type.  The classic sleeveless shift dress works well with almost every woman, as does the wrap dress.

Halston Heritage Bell Dress.
The perfect little black dress for all body types is this Halston Heritage Bell Dress.  Available on Net-a-Porter.com.

As classic and beautiful as a black dress can be, why not open up yourself to other options?  How about embracing a red or a white dress?  Trust me, you will find it opens up your options when you have so many places to go this season.  There is something to be said about a lady in red.  Don’t be afraid to wear it because it exudes an air of confidence that will attract everyone around you.  When you walk into the room you are guaranteed to be noticed.  The key to wearing red is not overdoing it.  Wearing everything red from head to toe could get a little overwhelming.  It’s nice to break it up with metallics like silver or gold.  They work well and could be easily worn with your black dress to another occasion too.

If you choose to wear a white dress, it’s also a statement maker.  Especially when people seem to still think you can’t wear white after labour day.  Good riddance to that old archaic rule. That’s a faux pas that should never be in your fashion psyche. Wear white because it’s crisp and looks great with any colour of accessories or shoes you decide to wear.  Avoid cotton dresses the winter or you’ll look like you’re hanging on to summer.  Instead choose fabrics with some more density like crepe, silk or satin.  Choose jersey dresses with a heavier weight that flatters your figure in the right places.

Because white is neutral you can get away with wearing any colour of shoes or handbag you desire.  But keeping in line with the festive season, I suggest choosing metallic accessories here too.  Blush pink also pairs well and is pretty when worn with white.  If you want a pop of colour make your shoes the statement.

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Derek Lam white draped crepe dress.
Istia embellished crepe gown by Biyan and Religion one-shoulder strap dress
Istia embellished crepe gown by Biyan.

Every woman should have the perfect little black, red dress and white dress.  Choose timeless pieces you can wear over and over.  All you need is to update your shoes and handbags to make it last for seasons to come.  Remember it’s all about how you carry yourself because no matter what you wear, you can always make it look fabulous.

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