So what’s the BIG fuss around the LITTLE black dress?

The Little Black Dress will turn this year 87, but showing no sign of age….there was a big fuss already around its birth!

When designer Coco Chanel unveiled the first real ‘Little Black Dress”, it caused quite a stir in the world of women’s fashion. Now the iconic garment is so popular it has its own entry in the new Oxford Dictionary.

Coco Chanel revolutionised women’s fashion with her effortlessly elegant black jersey dress. The Little Black Dress became Chanel’s signature garment, often complemented by her nubby tweeds, endless reams of pearls and camellia motifs.

The Little Black Dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. It’s a long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible garment to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour.

The Little Black Dress is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and it is basically a rule of fashion that every woman should own a simple, elegant dress that can be dressed up on the occasion.

But why is it so special?

Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford” like the Model T, as the little black dress was accessible for women of all social classes. Just like today: you can buy a Little Black Dress as cheap as $29 but there are dresses available also for a bit stiffer price like $9960. Basically it’s the symbol of the simple, practical chic and it’s the right thing to wear no matter what occasion. When a woman wears a little black dress, she is telling the world that she is worldly, elegant, and stylish, with just a hint of glamour and mystery.

Generations of women have been wearing the Little Black Dress.

Everyone knows what you are referring to: a dress that’s simple enough to appear effortless yet elegant enough to mark the wearer as a woman of taste..

However, do we know how to wear it? Do we know which Little Black Dress to chose, in order to complement our body shape?

With the below short research I hope to give a helping hand to the ladies who are looking for a stunning  dress, perhaps for a dancing night out!

For the ladies who are defined by curves and have full busts, I would recommend the below empire line dress as it nicely accentuates the positives and brings balance to your shape as a whole. The “V” neck highlights your décolletage  and being gathered just under the bust it is perfect to skim the body in case you would like to disguise the stomach area.

For those ladies, who are small on top but a bit bigger on bottom, the aim is to minimize the hips and thighs. The style of the below dress will help you to define your waist and the flared skirt will skim over your lower part.  The ruffle detailing on the neckline and shoulders draws attention away from your lower half, making your figure appear evenly proportioned.

This flattering knee-length pencil dress looks glamorous on those who are the closest to the perfect, proportioned body. Feel free to show off with your naturally thin waist in this chic, playful and sexy outfit.

The Little Black Dress is the best possible outfit for the petite woman, as one colour top to toe lengthens the figure and gives your petite pretty body a great silhouette.  A mini cocktail dress is just the right thing for you.

The second dress above is a great example on how to spice up the Little Black Dress with some colour, but careful, only those should wear a bright colour at the waist line, who actually want to emphasize their slim mid-part. You can also use bright colours wearing a bold colour shoe, a long earring or an eye-catching necklace. Make it an outfit that you’ll want to return again and again. The Little Black Dress will never disappoint you: it will make you feel confident, beautiful, splendid and  even invincible! Isn’t that what every lady wants?

You’ll find many more black dresses under the following link:

And don’t forget:

“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress. “

Karl Lagerfeld


7 thoughts on “So what’s the BIG fuss around the LITTLE black dress?

  1. I think everyone will look gorgeous in their LBD’s if they know their body type right? this post is so helpful! xoxo,

  2. Your description comes alive through your sophisticated word choice! Congrats for your very informative and enjoyable blog!

  3. Yes, this is a great article! I also have a tight & short LBD in my wardrobe:-) Btw, even Bridget Jones has one!:-)

  4. Only in the last couple of years have I learned to appreciate the hype of the LBD though that said I still don’t own one probably because I haven’t found one that speaks to me even though there are tons. I recently designed one that I would love but I doubt it will ever made.

    Excellent article and explanations!

  5. LBD are a staple in any woman’s wardrobe.
    Lovely post, lets thank Chanel for all her amazing inventions.
    Would you mind stopping by my new blog and perhaps following? I just followed your gorgeous blog.

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