LBDs you can wear in (and out) of the office

There’s so much noise in the world of fashion that it can be hard to know here to start when you’re looking for pieces to update your wardrobe – or fill in any gaps so you can get dressed without stress.

When it comes to filling those gaps, timeless staples is what you want to look for. Pieces that you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe to create new looks.

One of the best places to start is with a little black dress.

There’s a reason the little black dress has been a classic for decades—they’re stylish, easy to wear, and always on trend. Plus you can add your own touch of personality and flair through your accessories.

If you’re on the hunt for a new dress – especially a little black dress — which is also office appropriate, there are plenty to be found at Wintergarden.

While office attire has changed in recent years, taking a more smart casual approach, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether a dress can work double duty.

Ask yourself: Is it the proper length? Is the neckline too low? If yes, keep looking; if no, consider its overall feel—does it feel professional, or is it too casual? And last but not least, evaluate the silhouette.

The little black dresses I picked up at COS were made with their sustainable design-ethos in mind, and are timeless, modern and each has an attention-grabbing detail—from a cowl style back, to the textured fabric, taking each look to the next level.

Here are some other tips and tricks for mixing up the way you wear your black dresses this autumn/winter:

  • Take a black mini dress to the next level by adding an of-the-moment slouchy blazer and layered jewellery.
  • Layer a printed turtleneck underneath a sleeveless dress.
  • Throw a patterned scarf over your dress for extra warmth. Add opaque black tights and over the knee boots finish the look.
  • Layer printed tights (think polka dots) underneath to keep warm and add a bit of personality.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear black with other neutral shades such as nude, beige and navy. The overall effect will look classic and stylish.
  • Throw on a fitted leather or denim jacket. It’s the perfect cover up for cooler days, and will give your outfit a more casual edge without looking too fussy.

U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.