Pret Reporteur: Not Your Usual Little Black Dress

December 16, 2013 • Magazine, Pret Reporteur


It’s the time of year when our social calendars are bursting with events. From office holiday parties to gift-exchanging with your BFF’s over cocktails, you’ve got a ton on your plate. It’s no surprise that we find ourselves short of wardrobe options sometime between now and New Year’s Eve. This is the moment of when we reach for our trusty ‘ol LBD. This year, try a black dress that adds a dash of unexpectedness into your look. From touches of lace to a leather finish, here are 5 little black dresses that are anything but boring.

1. Tadashi Shoji One Shoulder Lace Gown, $378
Black is sex, and lace is definitely sexy. When you put the two together you get a gown so sexy, it will turn every head in the room.

2. Robert Rodriguez Fit-&-Flare Stretch-Leather Dress, $1195
A traditional flare-skirt dress gets a modern makeover when created with tough black leather. It’s a classy look with a lot of edge.

3. Alexander Wang Zip-Front Leather Dress, $1395
If you’re craving a funkier leather number, look no further than this one from Alexander Wang. Its asymmetrical zipper detailing gives it a “don’t mess with me” vibe while it timeless shift silhouette keeps it down to earth.

4. Monique Lhuillier Beaded Lace One-Should Cocktail Dress, $4495
For those of you with a super-fancy occasion on your agenda, Monique Lhuillier has the perfect cocktail dress for you. No detail is too small for this one-shoulder frock: Beaded floral patterns cover a tight bodice that descends onto an asymmetrical peplum tulle skirt. As far as black dresses go, this is definitely the grandest of the all.

5. BCBGMaxAzria Dress – Denisa Sleeveless High/Low Hem, $368
We love a good high/low dress. This onyx Denisa dress from BCBGMaxAzria will transform your every move into a graceful glide. It’s a slightly more conservative frock perfect for those office holiday festivals.

– Laurie Espino

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