A little black dress is something more than a dress. LBD is a concept, an idea, a declaration of good taste and manners. Moreover, a Little Black dress is almost a philosophy.
A woman in a little black dress is a complete image. The image reflects the quintessence of eternal feminine.
At a first glance it may seem that a woman in a black dress wants to help you unravel the mystery of eternal feminine, as she is throwing around the keys that open the casket with it. But even if you have found all the keys, a magic casket will not open and the mystery will remain unsolved. Why so? I don’t know.
Little Black Dress: Herstory
On the 1st of October, 1926 american Vogue magazine published the first sketches of the little black dress. LBD designer’s name was Gabriel ‘Coco’ Chanel.
The sketch was accompanied with an article stating that the black little dress was simple and affordable for women of all income and that it would surely become a uniform for women of various social classes with good taste.
Vogue prophecy came true.
Throughout the period of the Great Depression the little black dress enjoyed big popularity: it looked simple and elegant, while its price was low. Later Hollywood’s influence on fashion increased the dress’ popularity, but for a rather practical reason: black color hided screen distortions and added contrast to the look of a heroine. During the World War II the little black dress stayed in vogue due to lack of textile. And, sure, thanks to its elegance.
In the late forties Christian Dior introduced his legendary New Look collection. The black little dress was associated with la femme fatales, and Hollywood film makers helped to popularity of the little black dress again. The fact is, if they had to portray an abandoned women or la femme fatale, they dressed her in a black dress. Respectable women both in movies and in real life dressed wore luxurious new-look-style clothing and avoided black color. Sometimes, however, they wanted to look like femme fatales and wore the little black dresses.
In the sixties the little black dress was in vogue again. Fashion designers tracked popular street trends, so the LBD’s length lessened, while the quantity of black dresses’ cuts increased. In 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was released. Gorgeous Audrey Hepburn wore a little black dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy:
Thus a little black dress acquired a status of a cult thing. Celebrities, policy makers and housewives have started wearing the little black dress. No women’s wardrobe is complete without it.
How to Wear a Little Black Dress
You may wear your LBD whenever you go, as with the help of one little black dress you can create numerous looks in any style from casual and sporty to official ones.
Little Black Dress and a Trench or a Coat
E.g., wear it like that
That’s how Cara Delevingne dressed up to her sister’s wedding
Leather Jacket and LBD
An LBD and a Cardigan
In spring and fall it’ll look nice with a cardigan:
Little Black Dress & Parka Looks
A monochrome outfit consisting of various cloth textures always look good. However, a red lipstick will never be odd.
Wearing a black dress and khaki parka, opt for the accessories in the same hue:
A lace black dress is a wonderful choice. At daytime you can wear boots, in the evening replace them into high-heeled shoes. Put into your tote accessories – a rope of pearls and a clutch, and in the evening you’ll get a totally different look.
Cocktail and Evening Little Black Dress
A black little dress with white finishing touches look very pretty:
This set reminds me of Emmanuelle Béart’s character in 8 femmes movie directed by François Ozon:
Accessories to Little Black Dress
Pick orange, blue or red shoes and a handbag:
Legendary Coco Chanel recommended a rope of pearls:
The former Face of Chanel Inès de La Fressange believes that a little black dress is self-sufficient enough to wear it with just a pair of sunglasses and ballet shoes. From her point of view you should rely on your mood when choosing accessories to your LBD. Bracelets, a man’s watch or a couple of chains – everything will do.
Some they ask me how how many black dresses should have a fashionista in her wardrobe.
There is no valid answer to this question and it’s up to you. Just look through the photos in this article and make your best decision.
Indeed, a little black dress is pretty much perfect:
That’s how little black dresses by Atelier Versace Couture look like:
Black Dresses on Catwalks
There were lots chic and simple black dresses on catwalks during Ready-to-Wear fashion weeks in NY, London, Paris and Milan.
Here are some LBD-based looks
These dresses by Stella McCartney are perfect for simple yet stand-out evening looks:
In Christian Dior’s collection SS 2018 it’s not only dresses that make an impact but also shoes. Or, to be precise, boots.
Here are some black dresses SS 2020
Look cool and holy chicTanya Pochtennykh
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