LBD a wardrobe classic!

The  little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel, which was intended to be long-lasting, versatile and in a neutral color. Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the “LBD”. A sort of timeless uniform for all women of taste.

The “little black dress” is essential to a complete any woman’s wardrobe. As a “rule of fashion” every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Because it is meant to be a staple of the wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible: a short black dress that is too clearly part of a trend would not qualify because it would soon appear dated.

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The rise of Dior’s “New Look” in the post-war era and the sexual conservatism of the 1950s returned the little black dress to its roots as a uniform and a symbol of the dangerous woman. Hollywood femmes fatales were portrayed often in little black dresses in contrast to the more conservative dresses of housewives.

The generation gap of the 1960s preferred in general a miniskirt on their versions of the dress and designers catering to the youth culture continued to push the envelope – shortening the skirt even more, creating cut outs or slits in the skirt or bodice of the dress. Many other women in the 1960s aspired to simple black sheath dresses similar to that designed by Hubert de Givenchy and worn by actress Audrey Hepburn in the the film Breakfast at Tiffany.

The 1970s did see a few little black dresses. The popularity of business wear during the 1980s brought the little black dress back into vogue. Coupled with the fitness craze, the new designs incorporated details already popular at the time such as broad shoulders or peplums: later in the decade and into the 1990s, simpler designs in a variety of lengths and fullness were popular. The LBD remained itself simple in cut and fabric in the grunge culture of the 1990s.  Starting in the late 2000s the fashion trends of the 1980s returned to favour. That meant the return of body conscious clothing and the re-emergence of black. All these things have brought the LBD back, and as now it is popular as ever.

You know when you got the right LBD, because the Little Black Dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.

So, which one is right for you?

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