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The Lust List: The LBD Circa 2010

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Confession of a fashionista: I don’t own an LBD.

Sure, I own black dresses, but they all have some sort of embellishment—bows, grommets, or other pizzazz—to make it more exciting (and less functional) than the goes-with-everything-in-your-closet basic black dress. I’ve tried. Really, I have. I picked up a cute little Nanette Lepore number recently but, alas, it had tribal-esque rhinestone embellishment on the bust.

I need one. We all do. You can do practically anything with a LBD—dress it up, dress it down, wear it during the day, at night, in the office. You can wear almost any color, pattern, or type of accessory, jacket, or shoe. Endless possibilities!

But that’s just it … If I make the commitment to buy a basic black dress, I’ll inevitably wear it all the time, so it has to be perfect. (My God, the pressure.) However, I think I have found the solution: a basic black sheath dress with a round neck and three-quarter sleeves.

It’s seasonless. It hugs your body in an elegant, sexy, way without being too sexy. And here’s the catch: Because, as always, I require that little extra something—my LBD has a princess shoulder for a 2010 touch. It’s different and not-quite boring, but still goes with everything you can imagine.

Problem solved, darlings.

DVF Arita Dress, $298, Shop Bop.

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Twelfth by Cynthia Vincent 40s Day to Party Dress, $297, Shop Bop.

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Juicy Couture 3/4 Sleeve Sheath Dress, $228, Shop Bop.

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BB Dakota Creston Dress, $80, Shop Bop.

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