Since the twenties and Coco Chanel, the little black dress, otherwise known as the LBD, has been a wardrobe staple most fashion conscious women could not do without. It may always be black but there are hundreds of styles to choose from. Among them, there is the perfect style for you and a dress that will take you effortlessly from season to season and occasion to occasion.

A little black dress is the ultimate style statement. It is not only chic and elegant, however, if you choose the right dress for your shape, it can hide a multitude of sins. We all have something about our bodies we would like to change and clever styling can make all the difference. If, as with many women, you have a pear shape which is larger on the hips than at the top, perhaps opt for a halter neck style. The detailing on the top draws attention away from your bottom half. Choosing a style with embellishments and detail at the bust can also enhance a smaller chest. For those of us wanting to create more of a shape, there is always a shapely shift or wrap dress with waist detailing. The general rule to apply here is to draw attention away from the part of your body you are trying to hide, with interesting detailing elsewhere. If you are not a fan of your arms, then perhaps choose a style with sleeves. Keep the sexiness with a low cut back or V neck front instead.

Although it is a fashion evergreen, the little black dress is reinvented every year on the catwalks too. The autumn winter 2017 runways certainly showcased their fair share of takes on the classic. Stunning simplicity was the order of the day at Calvin Klein. Here knee length was the chosen look and designs were minimalist. Emilio Pucci also featured demure knee length styles, figure hugging but with chiffon panels for an added sexiness. Modern day queen of the statement little black dress, Victoria Beckham, also presented a collection with figure-flattering panels.

The best little black dresses are versatile too. A true fashionista does not want her friends to know that she is wearing the same outfit to more than one party. This is where the simplicity of the iconic black dress really comes into its own. You can change your look as often as you like and update to the season`s top trends with clever accessorising. Try belts, scarves or even wraps and loose jackets such as those at to transform and update the look of your dress and bring in the season`s colours. So you have learned all there is to know about the little black dress, now all you need is a party to go to.