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Here's Why You Should Make This Style Combo Your Summer Go-To

LBD x OTS.

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The ubiquitous little black dress is renowned for being an easy go-to item for any party-type function when you're at a loss for what to wear. However, a long-sleeved, floor-length number might be a bit OTT for a party in the peak of summer. Luckily, the iconic, monotone style has had a seasonal update: hoist up that hemline and slacken the shoulders because the LBD has been combined with one of this summer's most popular trends, the Bardot neckline. 

Whether you opt for a bodycon design or one that's a little roomier, you'll find you can't go wrong with this look. Add in a ruffle for a bit of festive, flamenco flare, or some lace detail for a more formal occasion. You can easily take your OTS LBD from the office to post-work cocktails by swapping out your flat, wrap-around sandals for a pair of show-stopping heels and adding a vibrant clutch to match. 

Not only has this style proven to be a versatile and reliable look, but another benefit is that the off-the-shoulder neckline will minimize awkward tan lines that you might otherwise pick up at an outdoor garden party – instead leaving you with an even, shimmering glow all summer long!

One final reason to try out this look? The rumors are true! Black is a very flattering shade for all figures, plus it goes with every other color – meaning, you can keep things simple and pair it with other black or neutral accessories, but you also have the option of adding a few pops of this summer's hottest colors without having to commit to a full head-to-toe burnt orange ensemble. Double win. 

Complete your summer wardobe with a must-have the off-the-shoulder LBD:

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ASOS Off Shoulder Shift Dress - $40
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River Island Black Flute Sleeved Bardot Dress - $30
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Pretty Little Thing Double Frill T-Shirt Dress - $24
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Surf Gypsy Black Off The Shoulder Beach Dress - $57
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Free People Dusk Lace Party Dress - $250
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ASOS Curve Off Shoulder Mini Dress - $24
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Forever 21 Contemporary Satin Dress - $34
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Eloquii Off The Shoulder Dress With Overlay - $105
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Stevie May Flounce Off Shoulder Dress with Ruffles - $283
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Topshop Frill Bardot Dress - $68
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Free People Just Right Off The Shoulder Mini Dress - $68
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Nasty Gal Sleeve Me Be Off The Shoulder Mini Dress - $20
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Pretty Little Thing Bardot Curved Hem Swing Dress - $35
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Missguided Black Bardot Mini Dress - $20
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ASOS Off Shoulder Mini Dress - $29
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River Island Plus Bardot Swing Dress - $30
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Boohoo Bardot Ruffle with Lace - $62
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Topshop Bardot Skater Dress - $50
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Free People Emmy Lou Mini Dress - $100
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Forever 21 Off The Shoulder Shift Dress - $21
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Missguided Frill Sleeve Bardot Dress - $36
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Eloquii Off The Shoulder Midi Dress With Wrap Skirt - $125
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Free People Serefina Off The Shoulder Mini Dress - $78
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ASOS Curve Bardot Off Shoulder Dress with Lace - $45
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River Island Black Bardot Swing Dress - $30
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Nasty Gal Bare In Mind Off The Shoulder Dress - $30
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Missguided Black Curve Hem Dress - $24
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Pretty Little Thing Jersey Bardot Swing Dress - $14
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