The Ever-Popular Little Black Dress
Coco Chanel changed the image of the black dress with one simple photo in Vogue magazine in 1926. Previously, black dress was a sign of mourning or, at the very least, of sober conservatism. Once women around the world saw the potential of that simple yet elegant garment, the little black dress took on a completely new life.
The versatility of the little black dress contributes to its popularity. Go on, Google it. On every single “must-have” list for ladies fashion, there it is. A dress of classic black that can be dressed up or down for a variety of looks and occasions. It reminds me of commercials years ago with women doing various tasks, such as grocery shopping, in their little black dresses. I have long forgotten the commercial’s purpose; it is a testament to the black dress that I still remember the stylish woman reaching for cereal.
Everyone knows black is slimming. It is also flattering for every skin tone and type. Consider it a blank canvas on which your own beauty can be displayed. “Less is more” as they say, and in the case of the little black dress, this holds true. This ladies fashion item comes in an endless array of flattering cuts and styles without distracting colors or frills.
Finally, the little black dress is timeless. Audrey Hepburn made Hubert de Givenchy’s design famous in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Michelle Obama’s classic style still incorporates this staple of ladies fashion as well. Nothing more than a new pair of shoes and (inexpensive) fashion jewelry can take your little black dress from one decade to another.
You know you have one hanging in your closet. Maybe you haven’t worn it for years. Have no fear, though, because with a few accessories, be confident that your little black dress is as current and stylish as ever.
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