The Little Black Dress

Being a well know staple in women’s fashion since pretty much the dawn of time, I’d like to take a minute to discuss the history of the little black dress and break down the potential of this simple, yet wildly effective arrangement of fabric.

Although the style was alive in the preceding years, several sources credit Coco Chanel as the mother of the LBD thanks to a hugely popular drawing of her dress design published in a 1926 American Vogue magazine. The style that captured fashionable audiences involved long black sleeves, a form fitting body, and a lengthy necklace of white pearls.

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Granted this look has evolved in both design and accompanying accessories since nearly 100 years ago, there is still no denying the classic elegance and natural beauty of a simple black dress. No jazz needed here, ladies. Which is what is so great about the LBD and is the main reason why it has been around for so many years. There is such little fuss over how to accessorize with black since it compliments anything, not to mention it’s a style that’s captivating all on its own.

You can dress it up or you can dress it down depending on the occasion and what you choose to pair with it. Observe:   Picture 1

Here we have more formal selections of black dresses. The picture on the left with the bridesmaid dresses: I know this style doesn’t quite fit the LBD profile since it is a longer length, but I think you get the idea. This look is so simple, yet so WOW. A knee length style would have the same effect too. I loved this look in the picture on the right with the lace and knee boots. This look is more borderline–it’s dressy as it is right now but could flip in a instant with a casual jacket.

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Black and denim. I love the look and it’s so easy to recreate. Victoria Beckham rocks black unlike any other. Here we see her in a more casual, around town look. How great are those wedge booties?

Check out some of these LBD styles I love. Take note that the most flattering styles aren’t necessarily the most revealing. I’ve always had a problem with showing too much skin because it’s not necessarily the most attractive route. Seriously, I think I was the only girl in high school who was mad she couldn’t find a dress for the dance that was cut just below the knees. I hate knees.

Budget friendly:

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From the left, I would style this sweater dress from Old Navy with a tights, a leather jacket, knee boots and a scarf for a look that’s both cozy & chic. On sale now for only $32.00. A bit dressier and sleeker is this ruched sweater dress from Ann Taylor.

For splurging:

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From the left, I’m really liking leather details in this Helmut Lang dress // This next dress is so Audrey Hepburn–a great vintage inspired piece, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi via Net-A-Porter // More leather and probably the shortest dress I have featured here by Saint Laurent // Add a belt to accentuate the waist. Satin Trim Ponte Jersey Dress by Jason Wu via Nordstrom.

One of my absolute favorite places to shop for winter dresses is Victorias Secret. They have picks that are both warm and attractive. Check it out.