Thankfully, over the years I've cultivated a rather impressive—if I do say so myself—collection of event worthy frocks, jumpsuits and separates. The one area where inventory is shockingly low, especially for a woman who works in the fashion industry, is little black dresses. I own three, out of over 100 dresses.[caption id="attachment_15200" align="aligncenter" width="534"] Feathered Hem Dress, $297, anntaylor.com.[/caption] My general shopping philosophy is never to buy a dress with a single event in mind. First, try and shop your closet, if there's nothing you can make work then buy something classic with some serious styling potential, this ensures that it can go the distance in your wardrobe. Enter the little black dress, it's alluring, enduring, and endlessly adaptable—a perfect event worthy staple. While taking stock of what I own and what events I have coming down the line—two weddings, three birthdays and the holiday season—I realized I needed to add a new LBD to my collection. While thinking back of passed holiday previews and items that have visited us in the Canadian Living fashion closet I recall a luxe black ostrich feathered hem dress, complete with sleek and simple boat neck and a v-gap with petite collar. Perfection. This Ann Taylor score is well worth the $297 price tag and will be accompanying me to a wedding tomorrow! To take this dress into the holiday party circuit a few extravagant extras need to be added. Up the drama with a leopard print pump, oversized tassel earrings and a scene-stealing jewel encrusted clutch—voila!