It may have been small business Saturday, but Little Black Dress in Camp Hill packed a big punch.
Jasmine is a friend of mine, and I had chatted with Kristen this summer, so I was looking forward to seeing them take the stage and share their styling tips while I visited the shop. Jasmine modeled a few pieces from the store (styled by Kristen and shop owner Lisa), while Kristen and Lisa shared their fashion tips.
Here’s a few tricks I picked up to bring back to my wardrobe:
Leather is the new black (pant).
While basic pieces are the staple of any wardrobe, today’s basics aren’t so … basic. Instead of a pair of black pants, invest in a solid pair of leather leggings (Little Black Dress has a fabulous pair that both Jasmine and Lisa love) to add a little edge and fun to your look. According to Kristen, this philosophy of “style clashing” is the new norm and can help you get more wear out of the pieces you already own.
This season is all about layers and long lines.
Try a long, cozy cardigan over a shorter t-shirt. Layering is both practical AND trendy, so it’s a win-win. Plus, the longer hem of the sweater will elongate your body and make you appear taller.
Put your clothes to work and roll your sleeves up (literally.)
Unless you’re wearing a really great pair of bell sleeves (which Kristen really knows how to wear), roll your sleeves halfway up your arm. It’ll draw attention to your natural waist, which is one of the slimmest parts of your body. Try cuffing or rolling your favorite black blazer for a quick confidence boost — and, it just makes you look like a total boss babe.
This live styling session was really cool, and it was helpful to see the styles Kristen was talking about in person. Boutiques like Little Black Dress pride themselves on carrying high-quality and wearable pieces, and Little Black Dress has everything you need to follow Kristen’s “rules” and steal Jasmine’s style.
While I would have bought everything Jasmine was wearing, plus the whole selection of adorable party dresses LBD has in stock, I had to control myself and left with some pretty little Ermish bracelets that add a fun pop of color to my watch. At $8 a piece, they are the perfect stocking stuffer for all the girlfriends in your life.
It’s worth noting that LBD is one of the only local stores I’ve found to carry southern favorites like Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s label), Jack Rogers, and Vineyard Vines, and I’d much rather support my local small businesses than buy from a department store.