Style Basics: The Little Black Dress

SimoneOctober 11, 2011

Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s design of Coco Chanel, intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest makes possible and in a neutral color. In 1926 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanelpublished a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. It was calf-length, straight, and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford.” Like the Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. Vogue also said that the LBD would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.” ~The Little Black Dress

A simple black sheath dress similar to that designed by Hubert de Givenchy and worn by actress Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s has quite simply become the most popular style of the Little Black Dress.

Like any other wardrobe staple, the LBD can be dressed up or down. It can take you from the office to the dance floor with the right accessories such as animal print heels, a bold/bright clutch or a statement piece of jewelry.

You can also funk up a LBD by adding your favorite blazer or motorcycle style jacket.

I personally prefer an animal print shoe and chunky gold jewelry with my LBD for a night on the town. And a black handbag w/muted jewelry such as pearls or studs for church or some place that its best to tone down the FLASH so to speak.

LBDs can be found just about any place from Forever 21 to Macy’s to Bergdorf Goodman. Online stores such as ASOS (www.asos.com) offer a wide variety of LBDs as well. It really depends on your personal budget and taste. Since this is such a timeless piece I would suggest doing a ton of research before making a purchase. You should find a dress that not only fits you like a glove but is made of quality materials that will stand the test of time. It shouldn’t have too many bells and whistles. You want the cut and fit of the dress to speak for itself. Classic, simple and elegant are all things that should be going through your mind when searching for the perfect LBD for you! What you chose to accessorize it with should compliment, not over power or clash with the dress. A more sexy style of LBD has emerged in recent years due to the celebration and fascination of women with curvier figures like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Pamela Anderson and Kim Kardashian.

Most importantly you should find one that makes you feel confident!! The one thing I stress to people when I’m approached about fashion is wear what makes YOU feel good. Fashion is very subjective and what’s stylish to you may not be what’s stylish to anyone else but that DOES NOT mean it’s not fashionable. Fashion is an art, an outlet for people to express their creativity and like everything else in life if you aren’t comfortable/confident in it, it will show in everything that you do. How much you paid for it or the designer name sewn on the tag won’t matter.

I hope this was helpful and as always if you have any questions, comments or concerns leave a comment below!

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