The Little Black Dress

They say the only thing constant in life is change, but I humbly disagree.  The LBD is a constant staple in any woman’s wardrobe regardless of age, height, culture, or occasion.


When did a simple black dress become so iconic?  Thanks to fashion legend Coco Channel, the LBD became a staple in womens’ wardrobes after a drawing of a black dress was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine in 1926.    Prior to the 1920s, the color black was almost never worn, as it was a sign of mourning.  Shakespeare succinctly summarized the practice when he wrote, “We mourn in black.”   To this day, widows in certain rural areas of Europe wear black for the rest of their lives once their spouses pass away.Because of Ms. Channel’s legendary drawing, black was introduced into womens’ wardrobes as a color that could be dressed up or down and appropriate for any occasion.  The LBD continued to evolve in the 1950s and 1960s in the United States, as women embraced the conservative yet elegant look of the LBD.  In 1961, the LBD officially took its place as a timeless classic after the one and only Audrey Hepburn sported the look in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Whether you are off to work, a party, or even to a date with friends at Starbucks, you cannot go wrong with an LBD.  There are certain items in my wardrobe that I justify spending a little more on, as I know they will be in my closet for forever.

Here are some of my finds this season.  The great thing about a good LBD is the fact that you can take it from work (pair with flats and a pair of pearl earrings) to a party with friends (pair with some killer heels and a statement necklace).


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