Audrey Hepburn poses for publicity for Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961

There’s a lot of buzz about directional fashion right now. The trend bandwagon is in full force, driving around town gathering converts everywhere it goes. From “ugly” kicks to bike short-athleisure to ‘90s oversized denim to designer-logo’d everything, this season It-looks are as distinct as they are fire-hot. Which is all perfectly fantastic should you lead a life that revolves solely around fashion. But should you, say, have a classy work event or a date or a fancy birthday party, showing up in this year’s prairie-chic with chunky Balenciaga sneakers is probably going to be on the inappropriate side.

Like a fashion best friend, there is one sartorial piece that will always be there for you. The always sophisticated, always appropriate and always sexy little black dress. Collecting a handful of well-fitted, good quality, monochrome frocks is worth the investment. They’re timeless and mature yet, with a dash of styling and modern accessorising, can easily be given a seasonal update.

Hailey Baldwin in NYC in August 2018

From its iconic Audrey Hepburn image to its ‘90s incarnation on the Posh Spice’s and Jennifer Aniston’s of the world to modern cuts on the likes of Hailey Baldwin, Kate Beckinsale and Kendall Jenner, the LBD is never out of fashion.

So, while you deck yourself out in trends this summer make sure you’re also properly prepped for the party season. A little black dress is like a rich red lippy or a comfy black heel. You’ll wear it season after season and it will remain classic long after your bike shorts get shelved, once again.

This year, the GRAZIA team is here for details like asymmetrical shapes, fitted silhouettes, geometric necklines and halter necks. Go minimal but dramatic for accessories and keep make-up fresh and natural.

Here’s how:

The asymmetrical one-shoulder

ASYMMETRIC DRAPED SHOULDER DRESS, $330, TOP- STITCHED CROSS BODY BAG $245, All Available soon from CUE SHOP SIMILAR

 

The halter neck

EMPORIO ARMANI BLACK SEQUINNED LACE DRESS, $1300, SHOP SIMILAR; RELIQUIA EARRINGS, $179 SHOP SIMILAR

 

The geometric Peplum

ASYMMETRIC DRAPED SHOULDER DRESS, $330, SHOP NOW, DIAMANTE CIRCLE AND CHAIN, EARRINGS, $189, ALL available soon from CUE SHOP SIMILAr

thoughts?