It's officially party season, that time of year when cocktail dresses are in heavy rotation. Here's why at least one of yours should be black. A little black dress is a wardrobe essential for a reason: It's slimming and seasonless, and works on every body.
Every woman needs an LBD—a perfectly fitted, well-made garment that emphasizes your best features (and camouflages what you're less crazy about). Nothing beats a black dress for instant drama, and a simple style functions as a blank canvas for shoes, accessories, and makeup. Bonus: It's so versatile that no one will notice if you wear it a couple of times a week for years, and it truly is a piece that can take you from day to night. Dressed up or down, the LBD always lets your personality shine through.
Spotlight: This LBD is by a new label I'm crazy about—Project Gravitas—whose dresses feature built-in bust-to-thigh shape wear that instantly makes you look 10 pounds lighter. Available in ten styles (and sizes 0–14), each well-constructed piece is made with fine Italian stretch fabric and sold only online, keeping prices attainable. ($195–$295; $30 credit toward your first purchase with code OPRAH; ProjectGravitas.com)