The Perfect Little Black Dress

010Today’s post makes me feel like I’m truly going back to my roots: an all-black ensemble. For those of you who have been around for a while, you know that black is my favorite color to wear. Something about the color just feels so chic (while also being very slimming), and I love that you can pair it with literally anything. I’ve been told so many times that I buy too much black (#cantstopwontstop), but it will always be my go-to option! Amongst my favorite black pieces is a little black dress. I decided to update last summer’s little black dress to this one.

I was scrolling through Lulu’s right before graduation trying to find the perfect dress for my cocktail hour. When I saw this dress I knew it would be perfect, but wasn’t so sure that it was proper for the occasion. I actually ended up wearing this exact outfit (seriously head-to-toe), but because I can’t turn down a cute little black dress – I ended up keeping it! I can’t believe this – but my friend Natalie would shop at Lulu’s all the time and I would just ignore her. Now it’s my new spot!

Dress: Lulu’s // Heels: Chinese Laundry (similar & in every size) // Earrings: Banana Republic (love the coral color!

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  1. 7.18.16
    barristerv said:


    • 7.20.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you very much, mother!

  2. 6.23.16
    Tamara said:

    I adore this LBD!!! The waist details are great to enhance the curves! And your heels are fab as well!


    Tamara –

    • 6.30.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you very much, Tamara… you’re too sweet! And I think the waist detail is the most flattering part!

  3. 6.22.16

    Such a cute little Black Dress! I love it.

    xx. The Coastal Confidence

    • 6.22.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot, Aubrey! It’s always good to have a LBD on hand!

  4. 6.22.16

    Cute dress! I love the little cutouts! Black is my favorite color to wear as well. Definitely could wear it with anything!

    • 6.22.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you very much, Katherine! And I completely agree – it’s such an easy color!

  5. 6.21.16

    The dress is so beautiful on you, love your shoes too 🙂

    – Lily Widjaja

    • 6.21.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot, Lily! I’ve had the shoes for nearly 2 years, and this is only my third time wearing them!

  6. 6.21.16
    Amy Arnold said:

    I love an all black look too, and you are rocking it. Such cute earrings!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. 6.21.16

    Very elegant, dear 😉
    Mónica Sors

    • 6.21.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much!

  8. 6.21.16
    Tina said:

    This is definitely the perfect LBD! The cutouts are a fun and sexy addition!


    • 6.21.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much, Tina! I’ve been trying to step outside of my comfort zone!

  9. 6.21.16
    Cielo said:

    I agree this little black dress is perfect!!! Love the little details… you look so pretty! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  10. 6.20.16

    It’s a beautiful dress! I always love a all black look. It’s so classic and always makes me feel super chic! Love the pop of color with the earrings!

    xo Bryn

    • 6.20.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you very much, Bryn! And you stole the worlds right out of my mouth… you can never go wrong with all black!

  11. 6.20.16
    Madalena said:

    This dress is definitely the perfect black dress, I’m really loving it!!! Plus, all the photos are amazing and you’re so bautiful, I love your smile (;
    Have an amazing day,

    • 6.20.16
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you so much, Madalena! Your comments are so sweet, and you just made my day 🙂 And I’m definitely loving the dress… I figured the cutouts and high neckline would make it a bit different than your typical LBD!

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