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Little Black Dress Hen Party Fashion


On October 1 in 1926, a silk dress by Chanel appeared in the pages of Vogue, and the legend of the Little Black Dress was born. The fact of a little black dress being so simple, elegant and chic, along with the prospect of endless accessorising possibilities, as shown by Audrey Hepburn in her numerous black Breakfast at Tiffany’s costumes, creates an never-ending fascination. It’s the perfect piece to be used for a hen party, whatever style of event you’re attending, as even though in theory it sounds basic and plain, the little black dress is anything but...

IMAGE: Petites Frill Bodycon Dress by Miss Selfridge

The off-the-shoulder look is having a big moment right now, with the likes of Kendall Jenner, Olivia Palermo and Millie Mackintosh regularly seen barely their shoulders. This black bodycon from Miss Selfridge is simple, yet effective, with a simple ruffle frill to add dimension and movement, and is great for girls with a smaller bust. Wear with your hair up, perhaps with a strong middle parting and low bun, along with dainty jewellery and barely there black strappy heels for a simple, yet slick and refined look. Add bronzer and a red lip as a nod to the exotic flamenco dancers.

IMAGE: Riveria Lux Dress by All Saints

If you’re after a more unusual twist on the LBD this All Saints Riviera Lux dress is perfect. The leaf silhouette motif keeps the dress feminine, whilst the looser shape allows it to be versatile; worn casually or to numerous venues. If your hen party is taking place in an edgy urban bar team with a smoky eye and black leather ankle boots for an effortless street style look. Or you can play with contrasts and wear the dress with elegant court heels. Try a lighter colour, such as nude or a white shell and team with lighter coloured jewellery to lift the dress and add elegance.

IMAGE: Bodycon dress in black by River Island

If your hen party is taking you on a glamorous night out, try a bit of subtle mesh to add interest to a simple LBD. River Island’s bodycon, above, has woven trim at the front, waist and hem, breaking the solid black with a flash of skin. The high neckline and lower hem make for an elegant dress whilst the mesh trims add a fashionable edge. Team with loose waves, natural make up and heels for a chic LBD look or match the mesh with black lace up shoe boots as worn by the model above for a glam yet edgy twist.

IMAGE: Midi Dress With Lace Panel by French Connection 

Another way to add a bit of interest and texture to an LBD is with lace. Similar to the sheer panels of River Island’s dress, this French Connection number, above, makes for a more delicate, feminine dress, with its A line shape and lace - perfect for a winter afternoon tea hen party. Again, the lace panel saves the dress from being too solid and the black being too over powering; style with a softer colour palette – pale pink heels and soft pink lip to match makes the look fun and girly. Or tie your hair up in a high pony tail to show off gold statement earrings to match a gold and bronze smoky eye for a Dolce and Gabanna-esque look.

Karl Lagerfeld said, “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress”; there are so many ways to shake up the humble Little Black Dress – many more than I’ve shown you here! So, ladies, if you’re stuck for hen party style inspiration have a look through your closet, find your old faithful LBD and you’ll be able to transform it easily into something fresh and stylish. Or, of course have a look out for a new one...it never hurts to have too many dresses.

Image Credits: Miss Selfridge |  All Saints | River Island | ASOS | FashionGoneRouge.com

Lydia Stevenson

Lydia loves nothing more than spending weekends shopping for the latest styles with friends, or curled up with a fabulous fashion magazine!

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