Most popular black dresses infographic

Here at blackdresses.co.uk have correlated search data and purchasing data metrics from across the web including our own website statistics to bring you an insight into the most sort after black dresses.
The top spot was just clinched by the classic “lace black dress”, with the Old favourite the “Maxi black dress” in a close second.
The first and second places were way ahead of the third placed “skater black dress” which was half as popular as the lace and maxi black dresses.
Also making a show in the top most wanted black dresses were the Sequin black dress, Evening black dress, Shift black dress, Cocktail black dress, Peplum black dress, Party black dress and in at number ten the Strapless black dress.

Most popular black dresses infographic

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Style your favourite black dress And you could WIN!

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Hey fashion lovers! We’re huge fans of Polyvore and have designed a contest for you to express your creativity.
We’ve got a fun way for you to share your personal style with us and enter for a chance to win a fantastic black dress of your choice from our website with a value of up to £450!

We love sharing beautiful things and will be featured the best sets on our blog, Pinterest, and Facebook pages.

All you have to do is simply create a Polyvore set featuring one of your favorite black dresses from our website www.blackdresses.co.uk

Our Polyvore username is black-dresses-uk

The winning set will be the one with the most likes.

Applicants are encouraged to enter as many sets as they like, and to share their creations with their followers on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and their blog so their followers can help them win.
The more votes a set receives, the more chance of winning a fantastic little black dress.

Entries are welcome until midnight on March 21st, 2014 and winners will be announced on Polyvore and our Blog.

We can’t wait to see the pretty collages that you come up with!

Entering is easy, here’s how:

1. Join Polyvore if you’re not already a member (or you can sign in with your Facebook account).

2. Add the Polyvore Clipper to your browser.

3. Once the button is up on your bookmarks toolbar, Browse www.blackdresses.co.uk to explore the many styles on offer, then simply add a black dress to your items from our website.

4. Create a set styling your chosen black dress. It’s super easy, you just drag items into the window.

5. For this contest you’ll need to include one of our black dresses.

6. Join our Polyvore group: Style that black dress!

7. Our Polyvore username is black-dresses-uk

8. Once you’ve created your set(s), you can submit your entry to our contest.

9. Spread the word. Be sure to get your work out there by posting your entries on Facebook, Tumblr, your blog and spreading the word via Twitter. Your friends and followers can then vote for your set.

10. You can also tell your friends about the contest by sharing via the “promote” tab on Polyvore!

11. If you want to save your own design and use it in your Polyvore set, please do.

Feel free to create more sets and submit them as contest entries. If you win, you’ll get to name the set.

Happy styling!


No limit on entries! If you’re feeling inspired and want to share multiple sets, go for it! Each set will count as one entry.

No more than 6 items in a set please. Only black dresses from www.blackdresses.co.uk are eligible for entry. Don’t forget, to enter, you need to join our Polyvore group: Style that black dress!

Only new sets created between February 22 and March 21 of 2014 are qualified for entry. This is because we are judging based on number of likes, and it wouldn’t be fair to everyone if older sets with many likes could be submitted.

The featured black dress should be tagged and linked in the sets comments.

By submitting a set with a design from blackdresses.co.uk, blackdresses.co.uk reserves the right to publish submitted sets, designs, and captions on our website, social media or any other marketing materials. Slight set alterations may be made by our staff in order to fit properly on our website or marketing materials.

Designs deemed to be inappropriate or offensive by blackdresses.co.uk will not be eligible for voting.

Designs that contain material copyrighted or trademarked by a third party (such as a brand, tv show, etc) will not be eligible for voting.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Polyvore. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Polyvore from any claims.

We promise never to sell your information or use it in a harmful way.

If you want to save your own design and use it in your Polyvore set, please do.


The winner will be determined by the number of likes. Likes are obtained when another Polyvore user clicks on the little heart icon next to your set.

If you are a winner, we will contact you through Polyvore.

The winner will receive a black dress of their choice from blackdresses.co.uk and will be delivered free.

We will need your name and address to send you the black dress.

While you wait to see if you’ve won, why not create a wishlist of your favorite black dresses and post it on your Facebook wall?
Don’t forget to express your creativity and have fun. It’s not too soon to start thinking about your favorite names for your sets.



Celebrating ?


If you’re looking through our website trying to choose that perfect dress for your party, then we have made it easier than all other websites.
Dresses on ecommerce stores only have 2-5 categories of dresses, we have 20! Ranging from Maxi to Casual.

Searching can also be done by length of dress, sleeve length, by brand or price.
While we make it easier to find that must-have little black dress, finding entertainment for your perfect party is not so easy.

That’s why we have teamed up with the Live Music Management which is recognised as the UK’s leading provider of professional top live entertainment.
We have worked with Live Music Management who provide a vast array of quality entertainment ranging from birthday parties to Fashion Award ceremonies.
Just like our advanced search options, Live Music Managements website makes it simple to navigate through many variations of entertainment. From their drop down menus, refining the search for exactly what you desire couldn’t be easier, just in the music genre they have 21 choices ranging from Rock to Classical!
Just finding the perfect entertainment is hard enough, but the most important consideration is quality and reliability.
Each act that Live Music Management offer has been personal vetted by industry professionals.
All the entertainers have a dedicated page with their act profile, photos and video.
Have you ever book a band or disco and their music was as you had expected?
Within the Profile pages a playlist is also visible giving an overview of exactly what to expect so there will be no big surprises.
Live Music Management prides itself with being totally transparent, which is why testimonials and feedback on the entertainers are encouraged and displayed on all the profiles.

Fashion Trends

Blogs we love…

We love checking out other peoples inspiring fashion blogs, and thought that it was about time we shared them with you.

They know the who, what and where in fashion and are the first to report on the must-have fashion pieces. We have to say there are loads that we follow, so we thought we’d list just a few of them here for you. 

Do you have a favourite fashion blog?

We would love to hear your suggestions!    Let’s share the love .

Stylebubble.co.ukSusanna Lau, AKA Susie Bubble, is a writer and editor living and working in London. Susie started her blog ‘Style Bubble’ in March 2006. It consists of her widely read thoughts, personal experiences and observations on fashion with a focus on spotlighting young and unknown talent. Susie works full-time on her blog and other freelance projects, including writing for Elle, The Daily Rubbish and Dazed Digital.

Parkandcube.com Born in Seoul, raised in Warsaw and now London based, Shini Park is a Graphic designer and writer behind the fashion blog, Park & Cube. The blog was launched in November 2008, consisting on topics ranging from fashion to food. Shini also is an ardent explorer of secret hideouts in London and fashion DIY projects. After graduating Central Saint Martins, Park now works as a web designer and photographer while running Park & Cube.

5inchandup.blogspot.co.ukSandra Hagelstam comes from Finland and now lives in London, but her style surpasses continents—she’s a total it girl worldwide. Her blog is inspired by a love of stilettos, platforms, and other teeteringly tall shoes. But Sandra is more than just a girl with a heel habit. Currently a student at the London College of Fashion, she’s both brains and beauty.

Alicepoint.blogspot.com Alice is a fashion blogger and a street style photographer, based in London. Alicepoint.com was created 5 years ago and since then she has been sharing her sartorial life and her passion for fashion and photography which she captures in London as well as on her travels. She is trying to bring a bit of California to Notting Hill.

Disneyrollergirl.net Disneyrollergirl launched in 2007 as an ‘anonymous fashion insider’ blog while she was employed as a full time fashion director on a magazine in London. Now, as a freelance fashion editor and consultant, the blog is a place to ‘empty her head’ of all the things she sees, hears and thinks about on her daily fashion beat as well as a showcase for some of her own work.

Fashionyourseatbelts.net Fashion your seatbelts is a london based fashion & lifestyle blog written by toni Caroline ogle.

Fivefivefabulous.com Five Five Fabulous is a fashion and lifestyle blog run by sister duo, Reem and Natalya Kanj based between London and Dubai. Through the lens of their Canon they capture and share unique content covering their personal styles, travel and culinary experiences.

Fivefivefabulous.co.uk Isabelle O’Carroll – Londoner, fashion and lifestyle writer, stylist, consultant and internet wizard – created IsabelleOC in 2008 as a repository for her thoughts and musings on fashion, food, beauty and bikes. The blog content is sometimes serious, sometimes silly, but always awesome.Isabelle and her blog have been featured in The Times, Grazia, Cosmopolitan, LOOK and The Guardian, while The Telegraph called her “one of Britain’s best fashion bloggers” and named her one of Britain’s Top Fashion Insiders On Twitter, Vogue have featured her on the Online Fashion 100.

iwantyoutoknow.co.uk Kristabel was born and bred in London. “I Want You To Know” has turned into the backdrop for my defining twenty-something years. Fashion is my obsession, I dress for myself first and foremost and attempt to express my personality through what I wear. It encourages me to push myself in so many ways and I’m working out how to push things a little more. The blog is an online scrapbook for all of the things I appreciate and am inspired by, plus everything in between. Typically I document my outfits, bargain finds, press days, travels, exhibitions and the odd fashion show. As I evolve as a person, the topics may broaden and vary but in essence the voice stays the same.  Exciting!

MademoiselleRobot.com Laetitia Wajnapel, the founder of MademoiselleRobot.com is a Parisian journalist and consultant living and working in London. MademoiselleRobot.com started in November 2007 as a way to stay in touch with far away friends but quickly started focusing on Fashion & Lifestyle, featuring inspiration sources, style posts, travel journals, fashion week reviews, interviews and much more.

www.sailorjennie.com A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog written by Jennie May, a twenty four year old photographer from Derbyshire in the UK.

Styleslicker.com Style Slicker is a fashion and lifestyle blog, originally started out as a street style blog in 2008 before it became a fully fledged visual-heavy fashion and lifestyle blog 2 years later.Born in Northern Ireland and raised in London, Kit Lee of Hong Kong origin is a London based freelance fashion stylist, creative consultant, photographer, and much more.  Graduated from London College of Fashion nearly a decade ago, Kit is a keen fashion crafter with 10 years worth of sewing and dress-making experience, whose DIY projects have been featured in Company, Grazia UK and international editions, Glamour US, Marie Claire Mexico, Farfetch.com, Editer.com, in music videos and many more.

Thefashionguitar.com This blog is written by Charlotte from The Netherlands, living in London. THEFASHIONGUITAR is my virtual diary about fashion, friends, travels, and other things that keep me busy

Wishwishwish.net I started up 5 years ago as a geeky 17 year old. I always had an online diary of sorts (LiveJournal anyone?), so starting a blog was inevitable! Now I divide my time between a full-time job and snapping everything from fashion and food to London and cities across the world for the blog – and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Zoella.co.uk My name is Zoe, I’m 22 years young & a writer & enthusiast of all things “Beauty, Fashion & Life” related.In February 2009, after indulging in various other Beauty Blogs as a way to read up on the latest goings on in the Beauty world, I decided to join in on one very boring evening, and “Zoella” was born. I chose to write about the things I liked, the things I’d purchased & other opinions on products in general. Before long, I had a small following of people that enjoyed reading what I’d written, and this was amazing in itself, as really, I’d never expected anyone to enjoy anything I’d written in my own little space on the Internet. Months & Years passed, and the following grew to the 5 digit mark & now I’ve expanded into the scary realm of YouTube & My Blog posts are slightly more varied, covering beauty, fashion, life stories and some other controversial & health subjects thrown in for good measure.



Do you have a favourite fashion blog?

We would love to hear your suggestions!    Let’s share the love .

























The LBD buyer’s guide to dress terms – Part 2.

Here is Part 2 of our LBD buyer’s guide to dress terms. We hope you’re enjoying our two-part glossary and that you now feel that you can buy with confidence.

Here’s what you need to know about everything from Halter-necks to Yokes.


Halter neck

A flattering style of dress or top that has a strap that goes around the back of the neck, rather than a strap over each shoulder. Often seen in evening wear, a halter neck dress leaves the wearer’s back completely bare. Not for the faint hearted!

Handkerchief hem or Hanky hem

A delicate and elegant design that looks as if a row of fine floaty hankies have all been turned 45 degrees so that the corners fall into a pointed hemline. This style is generally a longer length where the points finish, but a little leg can be seen in between each piece. Graceful and chic, a fabulous example of this finish can be seen on a stunning new dress that will be arriving soon. Take a look at our earlier blog entry “A fabulous first for Blackdresses.co.uk” which shows our Gem detail Black Cocktail Dress by Genese.


A layer of fabric that is placed on top of another to give an attractive visual effect. Lace is often ‘overlaid’ on top of a plain fabric to provide structure and for modesty. The same applies for very sheer fabrics (in effect, the ‘underlayer’ forms a lining). Our black layered lace shift dress shows this feature off brilliantly.

Peter pan

A form of flat collar that is cut to fit around the neckline, following the curve, and which lies flat on the collar bone area. It can be made either as one part, or in two parts to accommodate a back fastening and can have round or pointed corners. A contrasting coloured collar can have a stunning effect.

Pin tucks

These are parallel rows of small folds of fabric which have been stitched in place. Pin tucks are decorative, often poker straight and are popular on the front of shirts, blouses and dresses. They are a simple way of adding detail without the need for lots of extra fabric or embellishments.


Like gathers, pleats allow for extra volume to be added but in a more formal style. Wide or narrow, pleats are folds that are pressed flat and have a concertina effect when opened out. Often seen on skirts, they allow ease of movement but retain a smart look. Box pleats are very similar, but have two folds, as if forming the sides of a box.

Ponte roma

From the original name Ponte Di Roma and now shortened to Ponteroma or just plain Ponte, this is a fabric made in a double knit construction, usually produced in one colour rather than patterns. This plain fabric has an elastic quality with a slight horizontal line. The fabric looks the same on both sides and has a jersey structure. Ponte is a very versatile fabric, is comfy to wear and washes easily.

 Princess line

The origin of this style is attributed to Charles Worth, the fashion designer who made clothing for the Empress (princess) Eugenie of France in the mid-1800s. This type of cut is a dramatic variation of the A-line dress. The style highlights the bodice portion of the dress by using panels that start from the neckline of the dress and continue right down to the hem with no waistline seam. The princess dress produces a slimming effect because the bodice area is quite fitted and long panels draw the eye lengthwise down the seams of the dress. The Princess line cut is popular in all lengths of dress and is particularly suitable for the bodycon style dress.


A rouleau loop is a loop formed from fabric through which a button passes to form a fasten. They are a familiar sight down the back of bridal gowns and are very decorative as well as functional, however they are now widely used on necklines, cuffs, waistbands, blouses and dresses as an alternative to a simple button.

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 Ruched/ruching (See also gathers, shirring)

Ruching has become popular on ball gowns and wedding dresses where it has been adapted to introduce volume and soft folds of fabric for decoration. Elastic thread is not used and the fabric is pulled together in a more random style and not in rows.


A rounded, usually low-cut neckline, as on a blouse or dress.


A shift dress is a straight-cut dress that doesn’t hug the body or cinch the waist. The bust area is usually fitted and the skirt is either cut straight or with a narrow A-line. Simple and stylish, the shift dress is adaptable to dressing up or down for any occasion.

Shirring (See also gathers, ruching)

Shirring is a gathering technique done with elastic thread, which creates a stretchy garment. It is a clever but simple way to achieve a really comfortable and snug fit and is more often seen across the top of strappy sun dresses, or the back of more fitted dresses. Elasticated thread is sewn in several parallel rows and pulled so that it gathers up the fabric. The gathers are adjusted so that the elastic thread is not stretched at all. This then allows the piece to gently expand to fit the wearer without digging in.


Reminiscent of the outfits of female figure skaters, the skater dress combines playful hemlines and soft, fine fabrics to create a beautiful, feminine silhouette. The style is worn slightly looser than most mini-dresses and cinches in at the waist, highlighting the midsection and flattering curves. The dress also flares out at the waistline for a young and flirty feel.


A neckline on a dress or blouse that is low at the front and shaped like the top   of a heart as seen on this flattering sweetheart black dress.


A voluminous A-line shaped top or dress which, because of its shape, swings from side to side when the wearer walks. Swing-back coats have their volume concentrated at the back forming an attractive feature.


A term widely used to portray a cut or design that is smart, fitted, and has an element of neatness, structure and attention to detail.

Three quarter sleeve

A sleeve that ends halfway down forearm whether it be fitted, fluted, elasticated or with a cuff. The three quarter length sleeve flatters the arm, covering the often heavier part of the upper arm and just revealing the slimmer, more slender wrist. Our Twist Front Jersey Black Dress shows this flattering effect.


Connected with the culture of towns and cities, urban fashion can be described in a number of ways and is often used as a term for African-American culture, Hip-hop styling and is almost the opposite of tailoring or structure. Conversely, “Urban Chic” has developed to refer to the popular lifestyle trends of great cities, predominantlyNew York, encompassing smart, sexy and modern clothing, grooming, socializing and all other aspects of a stylish, smart and sophisticated city lifestyle.


Sophisticated, polished, cultured, refined.


The part of a garment that fits across the shoulders or across the collar bone (or both) which is attached to the main part of the garment. Yokes are often decorative and made from contrasting colours or a different fabric to give added interest as with the lace yoke on this Vintage Lace Skater Black Dress.

If you’ve picked up some useful bits and pieces here, then we’re happy that our glossary has been a helpful addition to our Black Dresses blog. But is there anything we’ve left out? If you’ve spotted a term that isn’t here, or that is here but needs further explanation, then let us know and we’ll get straight on to it!




Gathers, godets and guipure. The LBD buyer’s guide to choosing the perfect outfit Part 1.

Ruching, pleating and pin tucks. Bubble hem, dip-hem and handkerchief. These are some of the terms you might see in dress descriptions, and sometimes, it can all get a little bit confusing. So here’s Part 1 of our Black Dresses quick guide to help you find your way …


A dress or skirt that is slightly flared from a narrow waist (or from the shoulders) mimicking the general shape of the capital letter ‘A’. Very forgiving, this style allows freedom of movement and doesn’t cling to those areas we’d rather not mention.


A way of decorating a garment with ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck on to a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. Appliqué can be very subtle or extremely bold and can add interest to an otherwise simple design.


A style that is not identical on both sides of a central line and which lacks the mirror-image quality of symmetry. Asymmetric designs flatter most shapes as the eye is drawn to the off-centre detailing. A super example can be seen in this gorgeous dress.


A strapless top formed from a band of fabric fitting around the bust. Bandeau topped garments are usually formed from gathered fabric to give fullness and detailing, with a popular and flattering effect being the twisted bandeau.


Originating in Bengal, this is a strong fabric having a crosswise ribbed effect made of silk, wool, cotton, rayon or synthetic fibres. Stretch bengaline is ideal for the more fitted styles, as in this fabulously flattering coat dress.


This term is taken from the familiar baby’s bib and ‘bib-n-brace’ front of dungarees in that it refers to the throat and chest area of a garment. A bib front is a practical but decorative way of adding extra support to a bandeau style top, and as in this dress, can be a stunning feature.

Boat neck/slash neck

A high slit-like neckline of a garment that extends across to the shoulders. Also called a bateau neckline, it reveals less flesh, is simple but stylish and is ideal for making statement jewellery stand out.


The word Bodycon comes from the joining and shortening of the two words – ‘Body Conscious’. This style of dress is figure hugging and is usually made of a lycra and polyester mix which provides elasticity. Not all shapes are suited to this style as it accentuates every part of the torso. The wearer is confident in her body shape and is comfortable with wearing this eye catching design.

Bubble hem

A pretty way to soften a hemline, the outer layer is curled under and attached to an underlayer or lining which is often a little heavier. Points of attachment can be varied to produce a slightly wavy appearance, the overall effect being a soft appearance rather than a straight line.

Cap sleeve

As the name suggest, this is a sleeve extending only a short distance from the shoulder and tapering to nothing under the arm. It forms a small ‘cap’ over the point of the shoulder and leaves the whole arm exposed. Cap sleeved dresses are cool and comfortable whether under a jacket, shrug or pashmina.

Crepe/moss crepe

A light soft thin fabric of silk, cotton, wool, or another fibre, with a crinkled surface. Moss crepe has rayon yarns that produce a moss-like effect. Both fabrics are highly versatile and resist creasing.


Having an almost antique appearance, damask is a rich, heavy silk or linen fabric with a traditional pattern woven into it. Nowadays, many lighter fabrics are woven into a damask and jacquard patterns which can then be used for numerous stylish designs such as this damask patterned skater dress.

Dip hem or step hem

This hem style gives you the best of both worlds; short and sexy, showing a bit of leg in the front, and long and sophisticated at the back with flow and movement. The dip hem tends to have a curved or graduated edge, while the step hem has a dramatic change in length.

Empire line/waist

Popular during the First Empire, this is a style of dress which has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust giving a high-waisted appearance, and a skirt which is long and loosely fitting but skims the body rather than being supported by voluminous petticoats.  A less common term, the style was also known as an “impure waist” (hence ‘empire waist’) possibly due to the fact that it hid the wearers actual waistline. The outline is especially flattering to pear shapes wishing to disguise the stomach area or emphasize the bust. The shape of the dress also helps to lengthen the body’s appearance and are particularly effective in evening attire.


An ornamental shoulder piece on an item of clothing which is taken from a military design. The term comes from the French word for ‘shoulder’. Epaulettes are a smart embellishment particularly suited to the more fitted styles or shift dresses.


A face, or one of the flat polished surfaces on a gemstone or glass bead. Facets reflect the light and so draw attention to the piece, giving it a sparkly appearance. Faceted beads are a stylish way to add a touch of glamour to an outfit, as in this stunning Bejewelled Cutaway Black Dress.


A French word meaning false, artificial or imitation, hence faux fur, faux leather etc.


This term is steeped in history. Having had several meanings, it evolved to be connected to young frivolous and flirtatious young women who loved to dance and were a little bit rebellious. As dance styles developed and the Charleston became popular, dresses were styled to be straight and loose, leaving the arms bare and the waistline dropped. Skirts rose to just below the knee by 1927, allowing flashes of leg to be seen when a girl danced or walked through a breeze, although the way they danced made any long loose skirt flap up to show their legs and the flapper dress was born.


These are a simple way of introducing volume and are often seen across the bust-line and at the waist. Simple to achieve, a thread is run through the fabric then pulled tight. This gathers a length of material into a shorter length to give soft folds. The skater style dress is the epitome of this element, allowing lots of freedom of movement. Gathers can be decorative as well as functional.

Godet (pronounced ‘go-day’)

Godets are a quirky but clever way of introducing volume to a skirt area without causing the waistline to become too bulky. Semi-circular or triangular pieces of fabric are inserted so that the skirt becomes fuller and allows more movement. You can see godets on our Black and Nude Lacey Flapper Dress.


Relating to Greece or ancient Greece. Many Grecian inspired dresses designs involve finely gathered fabrics and elegant empire line styling.

Guipure lace/braided lace

A heavy lace consisting of embroidered motifs held together by large connecting stitches. Guipure or braided lace can be structural as well as decorative.

So that’s it for now … we hope you’ve found something useful here and maybe even learned something new. Look out for Part 2 of our Black Dresses quick guide to finding your way around dress terms which will be arriving soon.

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The Blackdresses Quick Guide to Dress Lengths

Have you ever seen a skirt or dress described in a particular way but have been unsure as to exactly what was meant? Not sure about terms that seem to overlap in meaning, or can refer to a whole range of features?

Well don’t fret, because here at Blackdresses.co.uk we want you all to be well informed and completely clear about what our descriptions mean and what words refer to what styles. We also want you to be able to choose exactly the right length for your perfect black dress, to understand what you’re buying and what will look gorgeous on you, and to feel confident that you’ve chosen the right LBD for your wardrobe. So … here’s our quick guide to dress lengths … ooh, and some handy tips too.

Mini, Micro-Mini

This refers to anything that stops no lower than one hand’s width above the knee (i.e. the width across your palm, or around four inches). Often, the more general term ‘short’ is used, meaning anything above the knee. If the dress or skirt hemline falls anywhere between the buttocks and four inches below this point, then this is a micro-mini.

Minis can be very flattering and will elongate the legs, but this style must be worn with a little caution, as they will also exaggerate heavier thighs and are not always appropriate in every situation.

Shoes with heels of all heights go well with the mini, but you may find that occasionally, a low heel rather than a skyscraper or a flat will have the effect of balancing out a long-legged appearance.

Thigh length

As the name suggests, a hemline that falls anywhere in the mid-thigh area. As with the mini, this can flatter toned legs but can accentuate a heavier build. Shorter hemlines, although feminine and sexy, need a little practice to be worn successfully, especially when sitting down, or getting into or out of a vehicle.

Cocktail length, Knee length, Street length 

An overlapping term that can refer to hemlines that stop just above or just below the knee and anything in between. The knee length dress is a flattering design and suits just about anyone. It’s highly practical too as it works with a variety of heel heights, is appropriate for work, but is also perfect for a wide variety of functions and formal situations.

Calf length,Tea Length, Midi

All these terms overlap and refer to a hemline that stops in the middle of the calf /shin area. First popular in the mid 1800s, this was seen as the dress to wear when going out for afternoon tea or entertaining guests at home. Originally full length, this style evolved through the 1900s to become the length we know today. The hemline suits many designs of dress and skirt such as the pencil skirt, A-line, panelled or pleated styles and will also suit most body shapes. Petite women may want to steer clear though, as this style can be overwhelming to the shorter frame and have the effect of further shortening the leg.

Ballerina length

This length ends right above the ankles and leaves only the feet and a tiny bit of flesh visible. The design allows focus to be all about the delicate foot movements of the ballerina but allows freedom of movement. As just the shoes are visible, they must be chosen with care. Flats work well, as do most heel heights, but avoid killer skyscrapers as these tend to create the effect of wearing slightly-too-short trousers.

Maxi or floor length

The hemline on this design just skims the floor so that no part of the leg can be seen, and very little of the foot. Once reserved for formal evening wear, the maxi can now be worn any time, whether at home or work, beach or ballroom. Maxis are very forgiving and flatter most body shapes and heights. Shoes are somewhat hidden and so may be chosen for practicality, the heel height carefully selected to that there is less chance of treading on the hem.

From defining the super short to the flowing longer designs, we hope our guide has provided a little insight and help along the way.

We are all built differently. We all have various combinations of short or long bodies and a wide range of different leg lengths and builds, so it’s important that we give some thought to the hemline we choose for our little black dress so that the result is as flattering as it can be.

Elongating the legs is a visual slimming effect that can be cleverly but subtly done with just a little planning.

If thighs are longer than calves, then a stumpy look will result if the hemline lands in the wrong place. Equally, if calves are longer than thighs then the wrong hem length will make things look out of proportion.

Longer thighs? Go for a hemline just above the knee (but not too much) as this will help lengthen the shorter shins and so legs appear longer.

Longer calves/shins? As you may have guessed, a hemline just below the knee will help to even things out.

We want you to be confident in the choices you make when buying from Blackdresses.co.uk. Let the feel-good factor kick in, be at ease, self-assured and relaxed.

Remember our motto ladies …be comfortable with black; embrace its slimming nature and its ability to simply make us feel good. And when you buy a dress remember … buy any colour, as long as it’s black!


How to simply look classy in black maxi dresses

The maxi dress is defined as a dress or skirt containing an ankle length hemline. The black maxi dress is created to be comfortable and is extremely versatile. Maxi dresses are available in many different materials and can be styled to suit any occasion. Easy to decorate for a more important occasion or paired with a cute pair of sandals for a casual gathering.

Typically, any dress that reaches slightly above or below the ankle is clearly some sort of black maxi dress. The black maxi dress comes in an array of provocative, fashionable and ladylike designs and is a real contemporary hot topic! In previous years, this dress was put aside for special affairs for example a red carpet event, a graduation prom or even a formal ball. Well, bring on any occasion we say, as the black maxi dress is perfect for anyone and almost every occasion.

Flexibility of maxi dresses

You can add a black maxi dress to any wardrobe because of its versatility. You can wear it comfortably for daytime or night; casually on the beach or for lunch; spiced up for a party, dinner date; or easily at the shopping mall and around the home. You are never too old or too young to wear a maxi dress, hiding the bits we don’t always like and giving and elegance we always strive.

You can wear the adaptable maxi dress with high heels, wedges, flats or sandals and it will still look gorg!

Accessorising maxi dresses

You can add accessories to your maxi to dress it up or down for almost any occasion. To add flamboyance, enhance with a bold pair of coloured sunglasses, a long necklace, strappy-like sandals, a flowing overly large sun hat, contemporary bracelets, and what about an up-style coiffure?

Black or colours such as maroon produce a strong impression of classiness. If you have a casual day ahead shopping or at the beach, try accompanying an enormous, quirky bag or at more formal appointments try a simple but smart clutch.

Don’t ignore accessories, they make a huge difference with a black maxi dress. In some cases, a large leather or coloured belt could perfect the flow of a maxi. Wearing additional clothing over the black maxi dress such as a soft cotton blazer or a lightweight cardigan would be perfect for daytime and summer evenings. And don’t forget those highly coloured woolen scarves, hats and gloves for winter!

However you want to wear a black maxi dress, you will for sure find a style that you’ll love from our website, take a peak and let us know what you think!

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Dresses for your Christmas Party

Dresses for your Christmas Party

pleated-satin-diamante-dress Black DressA Christmas party is incomplete without a gorgeous Christmas party frock. When choosing an ensemble for a Christmas party, you have to take into consideration several factors: What could be the theme of this gathering? Is it formal as well as black tie? Where is it and how far away is it from your home, the car or the drop off point?

Red and green accessories are classified as the common traditional customs of Yuletide parties but we now have a greater choice of colours, adornments and taste – anything goes! And of course, Christmas festivities honour the ever-faithful little black dress. A black dress of satin, velvet or crepe looks absolutely gorgeous at Christmas with the added accessory sparkle the season brings.

Remember, the Christmas party dress can be captured in a knee-length form, ankle form or even a sophisticated mini!

What to wear at a Christmas Party?

There are a whole host of black dress styles to wear at a Christmas party including, maxi dresses, laced attire, one shoulder dresses, flamboyant cocktail dresses and evening gowns. The final choice will depend on venue, company and theme. Parties that will be held at offices, restaurants and nightclubs will vary. Always check if there is a dress
code and remember, the festive season is a chilly time of year, so wrap up warm, underneath and on top of your chosen black dress.

What type of accessories to choose for a Christmas Party?

Shawls: Layers could be the most important rule for a winter party. If you need to wear a sleeveless Yuletide party dress, pick a shawl, which goes well together with your dress in fabric and colour. Those with embroidery, velvet or fringes can turn your simple dress into an art form in a jiffy. Besides their stylishness, shawls can keep anyone warm outdoors!

ruffle-strapless-party-dress_ Black DressesStilettos: A pair of beaded or sparkling metallic-coloured stilettos will always make you look perfectly dressed for the festive season. High heels with give you extra elegance and height whilst adding to good posture.

Party Handbag: A high quality shoulder bag or clutch is a must when you attend a formal festive gathering. Choose a simple pattern with elaborate detail.  Think longevity so the clutch may easily match all your current dresses.

Jewellery: Remember, the longer your hair, the shorter your earrings and vice versa. Try unique variations of earrings like drops, hoops or studs until you find a to-die-for combination. The necklace can also make or break an outfit, think about jewelled pendants, chokers or traditional chains - we’ll soon have a great range to choose from!

Magic Dust: A Yuletide party isn’t complete without magic dust to give you that radiant sparkling look! Dust a cheek, neck or even your forearms for a shimmer in pink, gold or silver.

What is your essential must-have for the ultimate Christmas Party? We’d love to know…

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Introducing Bejewelled Bra Straps – For Added Festive Fizz

Introducing Bejewelled Bra Straps – For Added Festive Fizz!

You’ve put the effort in for months: dropped a dress size, shopped yourself senseless for your outfit and invested in those essential accessories for the partysequin-ruffle-strapless-dress_ Black dresses season.  But something is missing…

Although your lingerie may feel comfortable and it’s enhancing your figure in all the right places, does it actually enhance your overall appearance?

There’s nothing worse than a strappy outfit with heavy, cumbersome bra straps on display, or even those so-called plastic invisible versions, which are still notably obvious! So, this festive season why not bling up your bra with some beautiful straps by Chantee?

Available in a range of designs to match almost any outfit, the detachable bra straps will add an extra sparkle to your ensemble, and are sure to draw admiring glances from your fellow party-goers, and they couldn’t be easier to wear.   All you need is a strapless or multi-way bra with removable straps, attach the Chantee straps, adjust to size using the chain and that’s all there is to it.

Chantee jewelled bra straps is the brainchild of Priti Taylor.  Priti saw something similar several years ago and despite having a career in accountancy, the bling bra straps were never far from the forefront of her mind, which led to her ditching the spread sheets for something a little more glamorous!

 The straps are manufactured in Dubai and are of superb quality. Priti was extremely determined to take a superiority product to market as she came across some extremely poor quality during her research.


We at Black Dresses are delighted to offer several of Priti’s designs, naturally, all to match your black dress and all guaranteed to give you the look of an A-lister this Christmas and beyond.

One of our favourites is the black squares with diamante, which could also be accessorised with ear-rings, a choker and bracelet for the ultimate in co-ordinated elegance.


With a devoted following, Priti is constantly adding to her collection, with many of her customers frequently requesting new designs, adding to her range.

And it’s not just the ladies who buy the bejewelled bra straps either – gents, they make a wonderful gift for the lady in your life that deserves an added bit of sparkle!

Are daring enough to don the jewelled bra straps? We’d love to know what you think.