Gwyneth Paltrow in her LBD

Gwyneth Paltrow in her LBD

Party season is almost upon us girls, so it's time to update your look by returning to an old classic- The Little Black Dress (LBD)

The LBD is almost as iconic as the people who have worn them; who can forget Audrey Hepburn's classic style in Breakfast at Tiffany's or Victoria Beckham's endless mini-dresses during her Spice Girl days?

Gwyneth Paltrow too, made her comeback, after a few years away from the acting scene in a stunning Stella McCartney cut out dress, which caused a fashion storm worldwide.

So what is it about the LBD that makes it such a failsafe choice for us all to wear? Well for starters it's versatile. No-one likes something they can only wear once, and in these credit-crunching times we're all going back to basics.

Secondly the LBD will always be considered as sexy, and who doesn't want to look sexy? It's classic, elegant but not slutty- exactly what we women inspire to when picking out our perfect outfit.

Lastly the LBD is iconic and as such, our version of this sexy dress will always be considered iconic to us in our own way. Each time we wear our dress, we're creating our own history and by the time we retire it to the back of our wardrobe, we bet it has plenty of stories to tell!

This season the LBD is making its debut yet again on the party scene, so with this in mind FemaleFirst has come up with your unique guide to the LBD rules this winter...

Pretty Prom £80, Oli

Prom dresses have been big news this season, so why not go against the tide of pastel colours and brights, by opting for a black prom dress. Team with some colourful heels and make-up to complete the look, as if you stick with plain black it may look a tad dull.

Gothic Princess, £85, Warehouse

No surprises here that gothic romance is making an appearance on LBD list this season. We've found this cute, yet edgy offering from Warehouse which will look great with bare legs and sparkle, or teamed with some colourful opaques will really make you the centre of attention at any party this year!

Embellished neckline, £18, Peacocks

Go Grecian with this bargain dress from Peacocks, which will flatter all your lumps and bumps in an instant. We love the simplicity of the design and teamed with black opaques and gold heels will make you look like a goddess in no time.

Sequins a go-go, £100, Oasis

Every Christmas we all go a little sequin crazy with our party frock choices, and this is by no means a bad thing! We love this all-over sequined embellished offering from Oasis, which will look best with simple stud earrings and a pair of black court shoes.

Flapper Style, £65, Topshop

1920s style dresses are set to be huge next year, so get in on the act early and bag this beauty for the party season and beyond. Team the flapper with some chunky shoe boots and a tux jacket to really work the chic biker look.