In a must-have list for a woman's closet, the little black party dress is near the top. Every woman, after all, will be invited to parties where cocktail dresses are the stylish attire at many points in her life so it pays to be prepared.
It is not even necessary to acquire dozens of little black party dresses to clutter the closet. Since each little black dress is versatile in that its basic look can be transformed into many different looks with a simple change of accessories including jewelry, bags and shoes, just a few will do.
There are many ways to dress up and dress down a little black party dress so that the effect achieved is always that of a style icon. Here are the most important tips from choosing to accessorizing the little black dress for whatever occasion from a hot date to a cocktail party.
Find One That Fits Perfectly
Fashion experts agree that the best investment in party dresses is to find one that fits in all the right places from the shoulders to the knees. The little black dress is designed to enhance the womanly curves of the wearer while hiding her physical flaws. But keep in mind that each woman has a unique physique so what may look good on an Aphrodite may not look good on a Venus and vice versa.
As such, it is important to actually wear the little black party dress before buying it. Wear issues like too tight or too loose, too short or too long, and too simple or too ornate can then be avoided. When buying online, make sure that the dress can be returned for another size or that the dress can be altered without compromising the fabric.
Go for a Timeless Classic
Fashion experts also agree that a simple, classic and timeless cut is preferable over a too-trendy style when it comes to little black party dresses. This is because fashion in clothes tends to be recycled over many seasons, in a manner of speaking, with personal accessories having the fastest rate of obsolescence.
In a few months, the too-trendy little black party dress will be passe because of the details in it but the classic one will still be in style with the change of personal accessories. For example, the classic little black dress from many seasons ago can be dressed up with the latest style in bags, shoes and jewelry for a trendy yet timeless look.
Change the Look
This is where personal style comes in. Depending on one's personal style, the little black dress can be transformed from classic to edgy, casual to sophisticated, and cute to vampy - all buy changing the personal accessories that come with the dress.
Look through fashion magazines and watch runway shows for inspiration. Be inspired by movies where the little black dress is the star of the wardrobe such as Breakfast at Tiffany's. Experiment with the look by adding small pearls or chunky jewelry, belts or brooches, scarves or necklaces, kitten heels or stilettos, and whatever other items will jazz up the color and cut.
In conclusion, choosing a versatile, beautiful and timeless little black party dress that will become the star of the wardrobe is of greater importance than buying boxes of inferior cocktail dresses that will never see the light of day.
One of the oddest social or cultural phenomena since the Second World War is the change in criteria which people use to purchase garments. For thousands of years before then, people liked the best possible clothing that they could get and one of the criteria that they used to judge eachother was their dress sense or the quality of their clothes.
This all started to change in the Seventies when it became more significant to not be seen wearing the same article too often, so it became more desirable to have five cheap shirts that would not last long than to have one high quality shirt that would last for years. How did this shift in principles come about?
The most obvious people to blame are the fashion designers (or their imitators) and the advertisers. Individuals without much money to spend on clothes do not like to be seen in the same blue shirt on every other occasion, they would rather have several colours, but perhaps these individuals do not understand the difference in the quality.
The quality of one's clothing is vital as most women and about half as many men know. First impressions count and bright and cheerful (but cheap) is not as impressive to those who know the difference as quality.
To those people who say that the person should count over the clothing, I would say 'Yes, in a perfect world. One day, but it is not the way it works now'. Why do people dress up for a date, and especially the first date? Why do people dress up for an interview? And why do individuals dress up to go to court?
It is because clothing matters and first impressions count and deep down, we all know it even though most of us wish that it did not count so much.
First of all, it is important to find a style that suits you. Then you should purchase items of clothing that are decent examples of that style. They will not be cheap, but is a Hell's Angel's leather jacket cheap? Certainly not. Whatever niche you think you fit into or want to fit into, purchase the appropriate clothing to stand out for quality.
I am not saying that people have to dress appropriate to their age group, I am saying that people should dress appropriate to the upper echelons of their niche group. If you would like to become a Hell's Angel, get one of the best leather jackets and if you want to work in an office, buy yourself a good suit. Just because you cannot tell the difference between a cheap one and a decent one does not mean that your peers cannot as well.
You just have so much scope to transform your physical appearance, but you can still create a big impression by wearing quality clothing like a decent overcoat, a decent suit, a good cardigan or a good shirt. The ones who know the difference will notice and it will not damage your prospects.
The vast majority of large or plus size women will undergo a perfectly normal pregnancy, but because there is an increased risk factor, they will notice that the medical staff will fuss around them a lot more and they may have to go in for tests more frequently than a woman whose weight is regular for her size. This is understandable
The fact is that a woman who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25 has a higher chance of developing complications like gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, which is a condition of raised blood pressure during pregnancy affecting the mother and the baby. It is unsure why these conditions are more prevalent in overweight women but it is something that doctors take very seriously.
It should be stressed again that babies from overweight mothers do not normally suffer any ill effects, but there are a few higher risks. Another of these is that it is known that babies from overweight mothers also run a higher risk of having more neural tube defects which have to do with the creation of the baby's brain and spinal cord.
One suspected cause for this difficulty is that overweight women are known to have poorer levels of folate in their blood and folate is essential in the early stages of pregnancy in order to avoid neural deficiencies.
In fact, folate is frequently given to pregnant women in regulated doses. Folate is the naturally occurring kind of folic acid or vitamin B9. Some women start taking folic acid as they begin trying to conceive just to be on the safe side.
Each mother runs the chance of getting gestational diabetes during pregnancy, but the likelihood in women of regular weight (BMI 19-24) run a 2% danger; overweight women, BMI 24-30, run a 6% risk and obese women, BMI 30+ run a 9% chance.
This does not mean that obese women cannot have a normal child after a standard pregnancy and a regular childbirth. It is only being given as an explanation for why a larger woman may require more tests and monitoring than a smaller one.
About 10% of all women develop gestational hypertension and this is something that can be treated quite routinely. Those with gestational hypertension will experience a increase in blood pressure in or around their 20th week to 140/90 or more. This can be a trigger for pre-eclampsia which involves the same high blood pressure but with protein in the urine.
This is a great deal more dangerous and necessitates medical assistance. Age seems to be more of a factor here than weight - under 35's are less prone than over 35 year olds.
Although the risks of certain conditions are elevated for overweight women, they tend to suffer more than others at childbirth. Labour can be longer and the chances of a Caesarean section are significantly higher. However, if you are significantly overweight and you co-operate closely with your doctor, you should not experience any exceptional problems.