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How to Find the Right LBD for You
Choose simple shapes in seasonless fabrics like ponte and jersey for a blank canvas you can dress up or down. Try sequins or lace for a drop-dead evening look.

When in doubt, a scoopneck, three-quarter sleeves and a knee-length hemline are universally flattering. Want some extra slimming action? Look for dresses with built-in shapewear.

It's worth investing in high quality. The payoff: a dress that will make you look amazing for years.

Dress, BB Dakota, $125, Earrings, $55, Boa,

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Dress, Mossimo for Target, $40; Cardigan, Earrings, White House Black Market, $40;

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Dress, $395; Headpiece, Earrings, Sheila Fajl Jewelry; Belt, BCBG Max Azria, $78; Clutch, Emm Kuo;

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Dress, Milly, $675, Saks Fifth Avenue; 212-753-4000. Headband, Earrings, Cuff, Shoe, René Caovilla;

Next: See my favorite ways to style an LBD

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Old Hollywood
Dark florals, faux fur and glamorous accessories combine for a camera-ready look. Feeling bold? Layer a button-down under the dress, red-carpet-style.

From top left, clockwise. Bodysuit, Bradamant, $116; Dress, 424 Fifth, $248; Necklace, Oasis, $52; Watch, Oscar de la Renta Made by Shinola, $2,700; Faux-fur jacket, Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs, $199; Belt, BCBG Max Azria, $58; Shoe, Madison, $40; Clutch, $48;

Wear the trend with...a bold, classic red lipstick
modern deco

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Modern Deco
Everything old is new again when vintage-inspired jewelry and velvet update a sleek sheath.

From top left, clockwise. Shoe, SJP, $385; Dress, Kardashian Kollection, $79; Blazer, $129; Brooch, $125; Necklace, $385; Cardigan, G.I.L.I. for QVC, $62; Clutch, $75; Earrings, $225;

Wear the trend with...a sultry bordeaux lipstick

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Edgy Glam
Rocker meets girly for a style that mixes leather, sequins and pearls. Don't forget to pile on the rings.

From top left, clockwise. Bracelets, $95 each; Dress, $228; Clutch, $60; Jacket, $700; Scarf, Elizabeth Gillett, $125; Shoe, Bettye Muller, $270; Black Ring, Glam Noir, $40; Silver Ring, $85;

Wear the trend understated neutral lipstick