Fall 2009's new LBD: the leather dress

Fall 2009-Winter 2010 season has an exciting offer of LBDs - the ultimate staple of the feminine wardrobe. Among the "plethora" of sophisticated and very flattering black dresses, the leather(y) ones put a contemporary spin on the iconic LBD, although the "now" factor won't prevent them from becoming classical items themselves.

leather LBD fall 2009

Favorite fw09/10 leather LBDs: Chanel, Michael Kors, Jeremy Laing and Helmut Lang.

If you consider investing in a leather LBD look for a well fitted, sharp tailored one that is not too tight or too revealing. A high thigh slit, a low back or a plunging v neck are adequate details for a smart seductive look.
Online shops are, besides a guilty pleasure (oops), a welcomed alternative to overpriced high-end stores. Just found this great looking Alice+Olivia leather dress with bow detail on sale at Bluefly for $369.75.
Alice+Olivia black leather dress

And the sleek Gwen dress from Dutch label La Dress by Simone shown below is truly "a celebration of femininity". At € 450 is not exactly affordable but you won't have to rob a bank either. And if you look for something eco-friendly and less expensive check this Black Leatherette Dress at $ 220.00 from New York label Built By Wendy.

leather little black dresses

Another great thing about leather LBDs is that they look great with the season's trendiest shoes such as platform stilettos, peep-toe booties or suede bandage heels but they also successfully upgrade classic pumps.

Mango black leather dress

Next two leather mini shift dresses aren't exactly LBD's, too sporty/casual for my taste, but they fit perfectly a teen fashionista. Mango dress, £119.00 at Asos and the one from Warehouse, priced at €156.00, highlight pretty legs and cool ankle boots.

Warehouse black leather dress

What do you think about the black leather dress? Is it the next classical piece in your wardrobe?

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