Little black dress ideas

The LBD or ‘little black dress’ is a term often used by magazines and while the ‘little’ part is not as essential a feature in the Irish woman’s wardrobe, we are all fans of a flattering black dress. Anyone that knows me personally will know that I’m a fan of black in general!Colourful mind

So, even though it is almost spring, I have picked five black dresses that will see you through the year and various events, all under €60 – I hope you find one you like.

Karl Lagerfield quoteI’ve also included returns, delivery charges and methods. A lot of websites now offer free delivery, although not as many as should. Returning items can be almost hassle-free now, making it far more appealing to buy things you are unsure of online, or like I often do, two sizes of the same garment to see which one fits best.

Bardot ribbed tube dress – €56.00 | Oasis

Currently available in XS, S, M & L


The off-the-shoulder look is big this season, with boat neck sweaters and off-the-shoulder skinny ribs on offer everywhere. This Bardot-style dress is very slimming, giving a nice glimpse of the shoulders – a very sexy dress to go out in. Buy it here.


Wrap dress – €50.00 | Oasis

Currently available in a Small and Medium


The wrap dress if always very flattering – it hides a multitude. This pretty version has the tie in a place that covers a tummy and could be worn with tights and knee high boots or kitten heels. It also works with ankle boots and a biker jacket for an edgier look. Buy it here.

Store info:

Oasis delivery is €5.99, however free to your home or local store if you order online in-store. Returns can be made in-store, unless you bought via PayPal, then you must return by post. They also have a home collection option available for free and within an hour if you live in Dublin.


V-neck split ribbed midi dress – €52.00 | Topshop

Currently available in sizes 34-44 (6-16)

topshopA little risque with the thigh split, but very sexy if you are happy with your legs! Unfortunately it wouldn’t look great with tights, but killer heels and tiny clutch would look gorgeous with it. The midi length is not for everyone – at 5 foot, 4.5 inches I am too short for them! However, the lucky longer-legged of you can pull off this length with style! If you really love the length and are a little on the short side, very high heels can help. Buy it here.

Store info:

Topshop charge €5 for standard delivery (up to 5 working days) and €9 for express and tracked delivery (up to 2 days). All orders over €75 are free standard delivery. Topshop take online returns in-store, which is very handy if you are near a store. Otherwise you can post back within 28 days. Please note it says on the delivery docket you can’t return in store outside the UK but you definitely can and it saves on the postage costs.

Mini dress with cowl back – €22.53 | ASOS

Currently Available in size 6-16

Gorgeous to wear on a date or a Sunday afternoon brunch with the girls. It could be teamed with ankle boots and worn with or without tights. It would look lovely with a slouchy bag and some statement jewellery. Buy it here.

Store info:

ASOS ship/deliver free all over the world and you can return simply through Parcel Connect for €3.25 at an outlet (there are tons) or from your home for €6.30.


Jersey mesh inserts midi dress black – €35.00 | Misguided

Currently available in sizes 34-44 (6-16)


A fabulous midi dress (again too long for me) and probably not ideal for hiding a tummy but there are always Spanx! High heels or stiletto ankle boots would be a necessity with this. Buy it here.

Store info:

Misguided charge nothing for orders over €60, next day delivery is €10 and within 48 hours €4. Returns can be send back with Parcel Connect again, but you register the delivery online and the cost is taken out of your refund instead of charged when you drop off. There is also home pick up available at a slightly higher cost.

Claire x

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