Behind the Little Black Dress

Behind the Little Black Dress

As you probably already know, the “Little Black Dress” (Also known as LBD) is a classic piece in everyone’s closet. This was not always the case; it is true that black wardrobes have always been worn but it was not considered a stylish statement. Before the ‘20s, wearing black represented grief and mourning, or being service people. Although we still wear black to funerals, the meaning of black has shifted to elegant and chic.

It all started with a brilliant idea back in 1926, when Coco Chanel decided to create a dress that was simple yet elegant –A dress that could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. A dress that you could wear multiple times and people wouldn’t notice. That’s how the “Little Black Dress” was born and it’s still going strong.

Vogue Magazine was the first to publish chanel’s dress naming it the “Chanel’s Ford”, because just like the car this dress was sleek and affordable. Vogue also predicted that the LBD would become “sort of a uniform for women of taste”, very different than before the ‘20s when wearing black was left for maids or widows.

first Little black dress

Illustrator Unknown, American Vogue, 1926

Even during the Great Depression, this trend remained very popular. It was affordable and classy. Another factor that made this dress very popular back in the golden era of Hollywood was that black colors looked better on screen.

Who could ever forget the Givenchy LBD that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This dress is considered the most famous LBD in history. Who hasn’t fantasized wearing that dress at some point in their life? I know I have!

Givenchy Famous LBD

Breakfast at Tiffany’s LBD

Another dress that I could never forget was my mom’s LBD; she had this dress FOREVER!! Clearly it was timeless. It was so chic and elegant, she would accessorize it and make it look completely different every time she wore it… So I guess what I am trying to say is that you do need a “Little Black Dress”!

Sketch LBD

How to choose your “Little Black Dress” (LBD)

  1. The most important rule about picking your own LBD is to fall in love with whatever you choose.
  2. The simpler the design, the more you can wear it for multiple occasion.
  3. Make sure that the cut looks good on your body type.
  4. Try to stay away from shiny fabrics.
  5. Trendy styles go away and soon look old (and not in a cool vintage way). Classic styles are the best ones.
  6. Select one that you can dress up or down depending on your event (Pearl accessories go very well with this dress).
  7. Get a quality one that will always look good and will last.
  8. Pick one that you can wear with and without a jacket so you can wear it all year long.
  9. Pick one that you can wear with a variety of shoes… From boots to pumps or sparkling strap sandals.
  10. Make sure to pick one that you can hand wash. That way you will save money on dry cleaning 😉

Don’t forget to share with me your very own LBD story in the comment section!

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress, Puebla Mexico

 

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2 Comments

  1. Patricia
    November 8, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I don’t have a “little black dress” I’ll get one!

    • FERNANDA
      Author
      November 20, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      How could you not? Let me know which one you get 😉

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