Camilla Belle and Evan Rachel Wood in Flapper-Style Dresses

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This post is inspired by Camilla Belle and Evan Rachel Wood’s amazing 20’s flapper-style dresses which the two actresses wore to the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles last Saturday evening:

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lacma 071111Camilla Belle and Evan Rachel Wood attend the LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Clint Eastwood And John Baldessari held at LACMA in Los Angeles on November 5, 2011

These dresses are from the architecture and Art Deco-inspired Gucci Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection. Yes, these looks are meant for next year’s¬†warmer weather but forget that — we think black and gold dresses like these are where it’s at right now!

Especially that it’s already the second week of November, a time when the holidays are practically upon us, we should all be finished with stocking up (or getting there at least) on cocktail, semi-formal and formal dresses. If you’re not much of a fan of Christmas tree ornament-like glittery dresses which seem to be costume de rigueur at many holiday parties, then consider wearing a black and gold dress — the black is more subtle, more elegant and more sophisticated, and the gold keeps the dress fun and fabulous without making it look too “festive”.

Instantly switch to party mode with these short, sparkly and sassy black and gold dresses:

Scala sequined spaghetti strap cocktail dress, $178.00; Rachel Zoe Peggy sequin shift dress, $297.00 (was $495.00); Bebe one-shoulder cascading sequins dress, $119.00

Free People Gold Rush dress, $148.00; Scala sequin striped tent dress, $138.00; Michael Michael Kors sequined zebra dress

But black and gold dresses don’t always have to be shiny, tight or skin-baring. Check out this DVF dress’s simple sophistication, this Ellen Tracy dress’s figure-friendly A-line cut, and this ADAM dress’s long-sleeved construction:

Diane von Furstenberg Blee sleeveless dress, $398.00; Ellen Tracy pleated sleeveless dress, $164.00; ADAM foil-printed sequin dress, $495.00

Black and gold dresses don’t always have to be so formal or fancy either. Here are three casual black and gold dresses which are just as good for dressed down parties as they are for a day at the beach:

DKNY boat neck chiffon overlay dress, $375.00; BCBG Max Azria Daly short sleeve slit front dress, $86.98; Alejandra Sky Nonie halter dress, $35.60

But if formal and fancy is what you need or what you are looking for, then you’d be glad to know that black and gold dresses aren’t lacking in that department! In fact, this just might be where black and gold dresses shine the most. These two colors when combined with long, flowy silhouettes can really bring on the drama, the wow factor and the va-va-voom effect:

Rubber Ducky Grecian goddess long floral dress, $158.99; Guishem satin and lurex geometric long strapless dress, $644.00; David Meister metallic gown, $537.00

This rests our case for black and gold dresses!

Credit: Brian To/WENN/Apega

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