The Little Black Dress Also Known As the LBD

Google on “little black dress” and a whooping 18,500,00 search result returns compared to the return for googling Michael Jackson which gives back 3,400,000 results. The little black dress is such a household name that it can be referred to as LBD without confusion (at least in the circle of females). Black dresses for women are known to never go out of style, transcend fashion, timeless and generally a must have in every woman’s ward robe.

The first Little Black Dress

Credit has long been given to Coco Chanel, a French fashion designer, for the origin of the little black dress in the 1920’s. Chanel was said to have designed the little black dress as way to mourn the death of her one great love, Arthur Edward ‘boy’ Capel.

I first graced the pages of American vogue in 1926 and since then, the little black dress has over the years made itself a staple in every woman’s closet.

What is a Little Black Dress?

As Coco Chanel originally designed the dress to be, a little black dress it is accessible to any woman, affordable, versatile and thus a timeless essential to any woman’s ward robe.

Perhaps the most famous of little black dress is the one worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

An LBD is of course, black and little. Usually with a length cut above the knee or if the wearer has legs to show, it could go higher to show more. Although an LBD could also be a length somewhere lower than the knee with a side slit.

Anyone would look lovely in an LBD. The color matches all skin tone and compliments most body measurement and mass. Even heavier girls would lose a few inches as an illusion from wearing a black dress.

Accessorizing the Little Black Dress

The kind of accessories would depend on the time of the day and the kind of occasion the dress is to be worn. A day at the mall would of course mean nice flats or doll shoes and big bags. It would be fine to use colorful sandals and bags in day time. A formal dinner would require toning down and giving focus o the dress itself. Warm yellow lights at restaurants will not be very friendly with too many colors put together. So concentrate on being simple.

An LBD usually looks great by itself but paired off with great pumps or shoes with great detailing, a matching clutch and shoe in bold vibrant color would really look well for evening functions or cocktails.

The little black dress could be sauced up a bit by wearing either a gold or pearl jewelry set of matching earring, necklace and bracelet. Although, black is a good palette to work on fashion jewelry pieces. Just be careful on not overdoing it. Less is always more.

Minimal make up is suggested for all occasion unless a gothic approach and touch is being given to the dress.

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