how to style a classic LBD

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Ready, Set, Fête!

Find your fit
An A-line is universally flattering, while a V-neck works best for larger busts, and a bateau style balances a pear shape.

Do the details
Embellishments, from full-on sequins to sheer panels or lace overlay, transform an LBD from staple to showstopper.

Add accessories
Edgy earrings, bold rings, and a "notice me" clutch are the finishing touches for a head-turning holiday ensemble.

From left: Sequined Dress, Michael Michael Kors, $395. Earrings, Lulu Frost. Ring, Dannijo.
Sheer-Panel Dress, BCBG Max Azria, $366.
Lace Appliqué Dress, Maggy London, $178. Choker and pin, Tina Craig x Nouvel Heritage. Ring, Noir Jewelry. Cuff, Stella & Dot.
Retro Style LBD

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Old-school glamour feels modern when dark florals and dazzling extras update an embellished A-line.

Bangles, $38 each;
Coat, Ted Baker London, $449;
Dress, Liz Claiborne, $86;
Heel, SJP, $485;
Clutch, Franchi, $98; 718-375-2000

Wear it with a brilliant fuchsia lipstick.
Mod Squad LBD

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Channel the Swinging '60s with a grommet-detail shift,bold graphic prints, and starburst jewels.

Earrings, $38;
Coat, Tory Burch, $495;
Clutch, Kayu, $510;
Dress, French Connection, $228;
Bangles and Charms, Pandora Jewelry, $60 each;
Heel, $158;

Wear it with a simple nude lipstick.
Up All Night LBD

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Lingerie styles are stepping out of the boudoir. Paired with a tuxedo jacket and diamanté jewels, the slipdress is sultry, not racy.

Necklace, Chloe + Isabel, $98;
Jacket, $189;
Brooches, Chloe + Isabel, from $48;
Mule, Chatelles, $567;
Clutch, Lulu Townsend, $40;
Dress, Topshop Unique, $530;

Wear it with a daring cherry red lipstick.
Almost Famous LBD

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The '70s boho look is all about fringe benefits, like a frayed-edge dress, a shaggy faux-fur topper, and tasseled earrings. A velvet platform heel pulls the look together.

Dress, Parker, $498;
Earrings, Sequin, $78;
Scarf, Mossimo Supply Co., $13;
Heel, $140;
Jacket, Donna Saylers' Fabulous-Furs, $179;
Bag, Whiting & Davis, $298;

Wear it with a deep merlot lipstick.