ike a white canvas serves as the base to an artist, the little black dress is the essential base to the working wardrobe of any modern business woman. Transcending the temporary trends of fashion, it is both a style icon and an office staple in which one is always perfectly dressed. Easy to style and effortless to wear, whether it’s worn with a chic office jacket or adorned with jewels to go from desk to dinner, the little black dress is a comfortable item that is guaranteed to make you look good and make you feel elegant. Put on and then forgotten, it gives you complete control of your potentially cosmopolitan outfit, making it the ultimate office staple and every woman’s essential.
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Shop the look: The Genevieve Dress by Madderonson London The Victoria Jacket by Madderson London, Grey Pearl Drop pendant by ORA , Esha Dress by Emile Vidal Carr, Grace in Sky Blue scarf by Leona Lengeyl, Ashlar Curve Lapel Jacket by Rose & Willard Black Python Card holder by ALLEGRA LONDON, The Everyday Pouch by She Lion, White Double Pearl Earrings by ORA Pearls
For Coco Chanel, the perfect wardrobe was filled with “black, white” and “plenty of dresses”; emulate her style with Madderson London’s monochrome set. The Genevieve Dress and matching Victoria Jacket pays homage to the little black dress with its classic shape but deviates with a white ruffle embellishment. For the days when you want to throw something simple on, pair it with ORA’s Grey pearl drop pendant, complementing the minimalistic approach with a refined sense of glamour. A two-part ensemble is another approach. Channelling the iconic and effortless style of Audrey Hepburn with a silk scarf by Leona Lengyel with Emile Vidal Carr’s Esha dress, making your little black dress act as a canvas for a subtle splash of colour, conjuring a sophisticated office ensemble in an instant.
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Shop the look: Bond Mini Black Dress by VIKTORIA CHAN, The Perfect Tuexdo Jacket Stefanie Renoma, The Deal Closer Satchel by She Lion, The Strategist Tablet Clutch by She Lion, Lily Black Ballerinas by Bonessi Ballerinas, White Brilliant Earrings by ORA Pearls, White Pearl Bracelet by ORA Pearls
For the days that your outfit needs to see you through to the social scene, punctuate your black base with pops of colour. The bold orange inserts of VIKTORIA CHAN’s Bond Mini Black Dress make a sharp contrast against the curves of the classic dress cut. For an instant injection of glamour to take you from day to night, upgrade your eveningwear from your work blazer to a sumptuous tuxedo jacket by Stefanie Renoma and finish the look with a statement bag. Premium pieces such as The Deal Closer Satchel or the Strategist Tablet Clutch by She Lion, can help you carry your portfolio and laptop alongside your lipstick whilst still serving as perfect office arm candy.
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Shop the look: Cashmere dress by EmmaJane Knight, The Reagan Jacket by Madderson London, The Capsule Travel Collection by EmmaJane Knight, Black Python Clutch by ALLEGRA LONDON, White Strung Bracelet by ORA Pearls, The Originator Tablet Handbag By She Lion
Business trips are the days when time is scarce and packing is an art form; so your little black dress is the ultimate style insurance policy. With your base sorted, what you add between meetings and flights counts more than ever. Pair EmmaJane Knight’s timeless cashmere dress with The Reagan Jacket by Madderson London for a chic yet sharp colour contrast, fresh enough for spring but warm enough to ward off the elements. Loan yourself the same luxury when between flights, with a EmmaJane Knight’s travel capsule collection. Covering all the in-flight essentials, including a scarf, socks, travel pouch and eye mask, comfort nor style will ever be an issue, keeping your look polished between flights and cities and for when you land back in the office.
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The Modern Edit
Striking out with something modern, a little black dress with a voluptuous cocoon shape is a more contemporary approach to a wardrobe classic. Double up with the kimono dress by THISISNON and wear VIKTORIA CHAN’s classic white shirt underneath, letting the collar of the dress frame the peaks of the shirt. Complete the tribute with the abstractly cut Tar Black Satchel by Linda Sieto, creating a clean and minimalistic outfit with a reinvented classic.
Words by Emily Freund