The perfect LBD: An A-list party season masterclass

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Amy Lewis

LBD has officially been voted the best ever party dressdifferent ways to wear the classic party season look

From Emma Stone, Emmy Rossum and Kerry Washington at the Critics Choice Awards, to Anne Hathaway at a Winter Wonderland Ball and Natalie Portman’s L.A gala outfit, the A-list have launched a well-dressed offensive, proving the true power of fashion’s greatest icon.

So, to help you get ready for your own festive bash, here’s a masterclass in nailing the LBD whatever your style.

  • Emma Stone

    Full length doesn’t need to swamp your frame, as demonstrated by Emma Stone at the Critics Choice Awards.

  • Anne Hathaway

    Simple and chic works every time – just ask Anne Hathaway. For a trend-led update add a velvet choker like the actor. 

  • Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman showcases the power of a lace trimmed neckline and carefully chosen bling.

  • Emmy Rossum

    Emmy Rossum proves a longer hemline can add elegance to even the deepest of plunging necklines.

  • Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman teams a longer length with bold cut-outs to balance the skin on show.

  • Kate Beckinsale

    If you thought an LBD sounds boring, take a tip from Kate Beckinsale; there’s no rule on how much sparkle you can add.

  • Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington makes the case for traditional party dress shapes at the Critics Choice Awards.

  • Naomie Harris

    Team a classically cut LBD with a longer under-layer like Naomie Harris, to add a tailor-made twist to your wardrobe.

  • Sarah Hyland

    The best LBDs can be accessorised to suit your personal style. As Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland demonstrates, at the Critics Choice Awards.

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    There’s a lot to be said for a black lace dress, as showcased by Jennifer Lawrence during the Passengers promo tour.

  • Kate Moss

    Kate Moss made one thing very clear at the British Fashion Awards; black velvet has timeless appeal.

  • Lara Stone

    If it feels a bit 90s, just roll with it; the look worked for Lara Stone at the British Fashion Awards.

  • Jasmine Tookes

    Model Jasmine Tookes changes the whole feel of a potentially over-formal LBD, by simply adding a belt with edge.