The Peacock Little Black Dress Guide
May 2014 12

If there’s one thing every woman should have in her wardrobe it’s a Little Black Dress. The LBD has become a fashion staple and it’s the one thing I know I can rely on whenever I need something to wear for a night out or a special event.

Little Black Cocktail Dress

Little Black Cocktail Dress

But what makes them so Peacock? Well, for a start black is ultra-slimming – even on a fat day I always feel good in a black dress! They’re also good because they can be worn with loads of different things – I’ve only got one pair of shoes that look nice with my fave red dress, but I can dress my LBD up or down with lots of different colours and accessories.

Buying an LBD isn’t always easy, however, and it’s important you take some time to find one that really suits you and your body shape. After all, you won’t feel confident in the dress if it’s all wrong for your body.

So, here’s a quick guide to finding an LBD that works for you.


My first tip is to spend a bit of money on your LBD. If you get it right, this should be a dress you wear over and over again – so it’s got to last. Don’t be tempted to buy something cheap, look for high quality fabrics and be prepared to treat yourself – remember it’s cost per wear that’s important!

Hourglass Shape

If you’re an hourglass then lucky you! Your body goes in and out in all the right places and you should look for dresses that show off your curves, rather than hiding away under smock dresses. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Dresses with a pencil-shaped skirt
  • Wrap dresses that form a V-neck to show off your cleavage, but disguise your stomach
  • Make sure the clothes follow the lines of your curves, but aren’t so tight you have to squeeze into them
  • Peplums – these help emphasis your hips
  • Dresses with capped or puff sleeves
  • 1950s-style A-line dresses

Start Peacocking your Little Black Dress priced $20 to $325

Pear Shape

If you’re a pear shape you’ll have slim shoulders and a small waist, with large hips and a bum. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Strapless dresses that show off your slender shoulders
  • 1950s-style A-line dresses that skim over your hips but show off a slim waist
  • Statement shoulders that help balance out your figure
  • Spaghetti or embellished straps
  • Dresses with a thin belt to show off your tiny waist
  • Prom dresses
  • Dresses with front pleats

Boyish Figure

Although a lot of people might envy you if you have a slender, boyish figure, you will know it can be hard to create curves. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Dresses with ruffles, frills and fluted edges will help create volume
  • Dresses with draping will give the effect of curves
  • Cowl necklines help to enhance your chest
  • Prom dresses with puffed skirts will show of your waist but create volume on your hips


If you can afford it, I’d recommend buying two little black dresses. The first should be a classic shape and free from embellishment. This will be your go-to dress that can be dressed up or down for any occasion, and that will never age. You should also invest in a more fashion-forward LBD – one with some embellishment or perhaps the lace sleeves that are so popular at the moment. Although this may not last you as long because it won’t be on trend in a couple of years’ time, it’s still a black dress you can rely on for a party.

This guest blog was contributed by Lesley Sampson a freelance blogger who writes regularly on style and fashion topics such as the current resurgence in womens knitwear.