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Neiman Marcus said it perfectly with the immortal words, “Women who wear black lead colourful lives,” and we couldn’t agree more. After all, is there anything more iconic than the Little Black Dress (LBD)? They’re basically an institution and a must-have in every girl’s wardrobe.

 

Versatile, timeless and incredibly sophisticated – a black dress says a lot without you needing to say a word. With the ability to work with every skin tone, every body type, and every occasion, you know a black dress will always be a safe purchase. Dress up or dress down with a simple change of accessories, you can go from high fashion to high street in an instant.

 

What’s the occasion?

Ever since the little black dress was introduced onto the scene by Chanel back in 1926, it has since transformed the way women dress. Traditionally in western culture, black still might be the colour of mourning but nowadays it’s an expression of oneself.

 

And if you thought black dresses were simple and plain – think again. There’s a huge range of textures, silhouettes and styles to choose from. Just look at our collection at Billy J Boutique for proof! Our black dresses are sure to steal the limelight at any event you attend.

 

Update your wardrobe with these LBDs.

 

For a casual brunch with the girls: You’d be forgiven for thinking day events like bottomless brunches or wandering around local markets would call for bright, colourful two pieces. However, you can definitely wear black – as long as it’s relaxed fit, comfortable, and simple to take the edge off. Pair our midi choices with our white Sail Sneakers or elevate your look with a pair of pretty slides, like our pink Madrid Essential Slides.

 

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Arial Dress
Seychelles Dress
Tegan Dress
Asha Dress

 

A family event: Whether it’s Christmas with the cousins, a baptism, or a birthday celebration, err on the side of caution, especially if you’ve got an aunt that veers on the conservative scale. Honour the occasion in a dress that’s tasteful, but not stuffy. Avoid low-cut or clingy fabrics and keep the dress as close to the knee as possible. Dare we say a subtle black and white print will work wonders (we know it’s cheating, but it’s too cute to pass up!)

 

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Amy Dress
Tokyo Dress
Pipa Dress
Maybella Dress

 

A formal occasion: We’re talking weddings, engagements and cocktail events – leave the jeans at home, we’re pulling out all the stops here. Keep it classy with a mid-length style, but feel free to show a little skin too. A cheeky side split is just enough without bordering on offensive. Our black formal dresses are seriously hot – be careful not to upstage the bride or hostess!

 

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Evia Frill Plunge Midi Dress
Bree Midi Dress
Zarina Dress
Dany Midi Dress

 

Girls’ night out: We believe the LBD was created for this exact occasion. Anything goes here – there’s no required length, silhouette or cut when it comes to celebrating with your best girlfriends. In fact, the more daring, the more heads that will turn. Our favourite styles are bodycon because they’re supportive and create a flattering figure. Accessorise with some bold statement earrings and a clutch, and you’re good to go.

 

Shop the look:

Side by Side Dress
Lou Dress
Pascal Dress
Alise Midi Dress

 

That first date: Dress to impress, but the most important thing to remember is to dress true to your personality. It’s also a good idea to be comfortable as you don’t want to spend all evening adjusting or pulling your outfit. For a first date, pick a dress that’s feminine, and leaves something to the imagination. Go cute and flirty with a frilled shirred detailing or opt for ruffle trim with black and white polka dots. Don’t forget to throw on a fitted jacket like our Uptown Cape Blazer and our Yazmin Heel Shoes in tortoiseshell for a pop of colour.

 

Noelia Dress
Venice Mini Dress
Alira Mini Dress
Roo Dress

 

50 shades of black… online at Billy J

We’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour, thank you very much! If you agree, shop our collection online now. No matter the occasion, Billy J is bringing the best little black dresses to you, with FREE EXPRESS SHIPPING across Australia and NZ for orders over $100. Get it, girl.

 

Love, Billy J x

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