Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Little Black Dress is 86

Thanks Coco!


In October 1926, Coco Chanel designed the now ubiquitous little black dress. It has been the staple of every fashionable woman’s wardrobe ever since. While black was once reserved for mourning, it can now be worn whenever one pleases. I didn’t realize it was 86 until a read an article on Yahoo. I know the little black dress has been around my entire lifetime and while I’m not 86 some days I feel pretty close to that number.

 

The little black dress (LBD) is the perfect backdrop for all your jewelry and accessories. This is probably why its popularity has soared. The LBD is wonderful in its versatility. It can be dressed up or down depending on the accessories. It is considered a staple of any fashionable woman’s wardrobe and let’s face it, everyone has one. It is the go to dress of every season and can be worn to work and then a cocktail party after work.


While the LBD is popular with pearls, who can forget Holly Golightly, it feels equally at home with diamonds, gemstones and even turquoise jewelry. I love my LBD with a leopard print scarf and some leopard print flats. Simple and easy, that’s probably why everyone loves it. The LBD has gone through many changes in its 86 year history. It’s gone longer and shorter, sleeveless; cutouts and even tulle have been added. Remember the LBD that Jamie Lee Curtis wore in True Lies? It was conservative with tulle all around the neckline and hem. She rips off the tulle in the hallway and goes from conservative to sexy with slicked back hair and red lips.

 

This is probably why the LBD has survived for so many years. It has flourished and expanded from fashion reserved for mourning to residing in every woman’s closet. So happy birthday LBD and thank you Coco Chanel for designing such a wonderful piece of clothing in the first place.
 
The LBD is super versatile

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