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Fabric A great LBD is a versatile, long lasting investment so choose the most timeless and luxurious fabrics like wool, silk, linen, or cashmere. Knits and fabrics containing Lycra or spandex won't work for nearly as many occasions and won't last as long.
Hemline The most enduring and flattering hemlines fall right above or right below the knee. Avoid trendy lengths that are very long or very short.
Fit A good rule of thumb when choosing a dress is to follow the 3:1 rule: go 3 parts covered to 1 part revealed (i.e. if you choose a plunging neckline forgo a sky-high slit in the skirt). Finding the right fit is the most challenging part of shopping for a little black dress, but get it right and you'll have a 'best friend' you can dress up or down for any occasion for years to come. Consider the following tips for flattering different bodies.