CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KAREN MILLEN
Fast forward 100 years, and we’re looking to the Great British high street for a dose of the fail-safe style look – from structured, work-appropriate offerings to sexy, date-night styles, Karen Millen has every version of the flattering look you could want. Here are our favourites…
What: Forever Dress
Why: This is the LBD you’ll want to wear to every big meeting going forward. A flattering, structured fit coupled with statement shoulders and a hardware belt make this the killer dress to help you transform into your powerful alter ego – just add red lipstick for an extra dose of sass.
Wear with: Kitten heel slingbacks for a dose of femininity.
Why: Thanks to Balmain and Saint Laurent, the tuxedo dress is officially in fashion favour, and it gets team SL’s approval for an evening look with impact. This double-breasted design fits in all the right places.
Wear with: Staggering heels and oversized embellished earrings for an homage to Kaia Gerber’s killer YSL runway turn.
Why: Corporate ladies, listen up; this structured black style with subtle belt detail is a winner for big office functions. Ideal for drinks and client dinners, it’s the timeless design you’ll come back to again and again.
Wear with: Pointed black courts and a power-dressing coat.
Why: Not a little black dress per say, but this classic black maxi is an events wear hero you’ll never tire of. The crossover detail adds drama (plus highlights your décolletage), whilst the style is versatile enough that you can transform for multiple occasions.
Wear with: Strappy metallic heels and a statement evening clutch. Add lashings of faux fur for winter parties.
Why: Another workwear hero, we love this style’s feminine characteristics – a ruffled cap sleeve and hourglass shape give it the perfect professional/stylish balance.
Wear with: Double-breasted blazers to offset the figure-hugging fit.
Why: The epitome of LBD, this is the could-be-designer party dress we love. A statement neckline adds interest, but the slick, unfussy design makes this the perfect foundation for multiple party looks.
Wear with: Everything from strappy heels to statement flats.
What: Strappy Pencil Dress
Why: Who said you can’t wear black in summer? Another classic LBD, skinny straps give this style a warm weather-appropriate feel.
Wear with: Lashings of metallics for weddings and parties.
What: Wrap Dress
Why: You can’t beat a wrap dress for day-to-night style. Ideal with trainers off-duty and heels for a night out, this is the multi-purpose design that gives you more bang for your buck.
Wear with: Bikers and smart flats for an office-to-dinner edit.
Why: Not strictly an LBD, we couldn’t let an edit slide without getting this perfect black jumpsuit in. The asymmetric necklines keeps things interesting, whilst wide leg cut has a modern feel – we’re adding this one to basket, pronto.
Wear with: Swept-up hair to show off that neckline.