Fashion: Little black dress and Hogmanay

Christys' Kimberley floppy trilby hat, �69, Kakao by K
Christys' Kimberley floppy trilby hat, �69, Kakao by K
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The little black dress and Hogmanay is a pairing of utter perfection. Up there with strawberries and cream, Simon & Garfunkel and Morecambe & Wise, joining the two together will guarantee dress success.

The uniform of the chic, the LBD is a woman’s secret weapon lurking in her wardrobe, ready and able for any event that is thrown at it. The great thing about this look is there are no rules. Find a shape and style you are comfortable with and let the LBD work her magic. Wearing one is like painting by numbers, there’s no way you can get it wrong, making it the simplest style decisions you can make this New Year’s Eve.

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''EVENING NEWS FASHION.''LITTLE BLACK DRESS FOR NEW YEARS EVE.'MODEL IS LYNNE McCROSSAN - ALSO STYLED BY LYNNE.

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''EVENING NEWS FASHION.''LITTLE BLACK DRESS FOR NEW YEARS EVE.'MODEL IS LYNNE McCROSSAN - ALSO STYLED BY LYNNE.

When the phrase little black dress is uttered, my go-to image is Edie Segwick in her Warhol-era, working the tiniest of shift dresses with the prettiest of kitten heels. This look is best teamed with thick black eyeliner and the palest of lips. Chunky monochrome accessories will tie the whole look together. Go for a fabric that has a bit of texture and movement. If it is thigh skimming, avoid going skin tight with this one, that’s the only way to counterbalance the skirt length and keep you from feeling self-conscious.

Scottish design darling Obscure Couture has updated the LBD for a new generation. This sheer and black mesh full-length frock oozes attitude and instantly puts you in the party mood once popped on. If you are frightened of sheer, don’t be. There are a ton of ways to wear it dependent on your mood and the occasion. It is completely open to interpretation. Body suits sit superbly underneath this dress, and because they have built-in support you feel surprising secure. Go for boy shorts underneath the skirt if you still want to flash leg, or cover up completely with thick opaque tights.

The cape is making a strong style comeback pre-spring. And it doesn’t get much better than this delicious dress combo by Temperley – it has Audrey Hepburn written all over it. Classic and elegant with a girl twist, the dense frill on both cape and dress mirror each other beautifully. This is actually a deep french navy so it will work brilliantly on all complexions while still giving off the LBD illusion.

A lace fishtail evokes old Hollywood glamour instantly and no-one designs that better than Edinburgh’s own Carolyn Baxter. Her made-to-measure dresses ensure you get a gown bespoke to you body which is worth its weight in gold. I defy anyone not to feel fabulous wearing one of her creations, and who wouldn’t want to bring the New Year in feeling like that?