Do You Have a Little Black Dress?

The little black dress, often abbreviated as LBD, has been a fashion statement for years. Generations of women have made sure to have at least one version of this dress in their closets to cover a variety of occasions. If you don’t own one yet, this fashion icon has grown up over the last several years, has grown into a piece that fits any style.

A  Little History

While Coco Chanel is credited with creating the little black dress in 1926, the dress has an even older, more interesting history. In the October 1926 issue, Vogue featured a sketch of Chanel’s black sheath dress claiming “become sort of a uniform for all women of taste.” The interesting part of the story is that the black dress was already a uniform worn by women. These women, part of the working class, wore black dresses as work clothes. In 1860s Britain, maids working for upper-class families were required to wear a black dress as part of their work attire. It wasn’t long before maids working for wealthy American families adopted the same black dress.

Audrey and Jackie Rocked the LBD

Coco Chanel created a fashion icon that reigns today as a popular wardrobe staple for women, but Audrey Hepburn made the dress famous. In 1961, Hepburn starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and her character, Holly Golightly, wore the LBD as a long sheath, accented with a gargantuan pearl necklace. Jackie Kennedy brought her own touch of class to the dress in 1961 when she wore the LBD with a wide-brimmed hat and a rope of pearls.

The Little Black Dress Today

The black dress was designed by Coco Chanel to be simplistic, affordable, and a wardrobe piece appropriate for any occasion. While not a mini dress back then, the dress was typically short. Hepburn’s dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s started out much shorter, but was lengthened because the producers felt she was showing too much leg. Today, the LBD is one of the most versatile dresses around. The dress is made in sleeveless and long-sleeved versions. You can find it made of silk, satin, taffeta, and linen to name just a few fabrics. The LBD is embellished with lace, tulle, beading, feathers, sequins, embroidery, or left unadorned to make its own statement.

Today is Your Day!

If you don’t own a little black dress, it’s time to go shopping. This dress goes anywhere. If you work in a business casual environment, pair your LBD with a cardigan or blazer. Exchange the blazer with a beaded shawl and add a little bling, and off you go to enjoy an after-work happy hour. Take the dress to a wedding, a job interview, or a more somber event. The wonderful thing about owning a little black dress is you can make it your own, wear it everywhere, and change it up with unique accessories. If you don’t have one, make room in your closet and make it a point to add this versatile dress to your fashion repertoire.

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