Happy 50th!

In honor of one of my most favorite movies of all time–Breakfast at Tiffany’s–which just happens to be celebrating its 5oth anniversary this year, I thought I’d blog about every woman’s must have closet staple–the classic LBD.

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According to Wikipedia, the Little Black Dress is “an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.” The origins of the LBD are attributed to Coco Chanel when, in the 1920’s, she first introduced her creation in American Vogue.

While the LBD never lost its status throughout the years and even became a “uniform” of sorts for women all over because of its versatility and accessibility, it reached its popularity in the 1960’s, when Hubert de Givenchy designed the simple, iconic black sheath dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  This design epitomized the standard for LBD’s and made it the essential staple in every woman’s closet.  To this day, it is the only article of clothing that transcends trends and is timeless.  In the words of designer Christian Dior, “You can wear black at any time, you can wear it at any age and you may wear it on almost any occasion.”

I myself am guilty of making the LBD my default outfit of choice whenever I’m too lazy to think of what to wear–whether it be a casual or a formal occasion.  I possess several styles, cuts and lengths, and they have all served me well–helping me to achieve a polished, chic look without having to try so hard 🙂 Another even more important reason for me to own an LBD is that it makes me look so much thinner! That is ALWAYS a good thing, especially on those days when I feel super bloated or fat.  Hahaha!  The LBD is truly my lifesaver! Paired with the right accessories, I can always make a statement and never go wrong with an LBD.

So here are some photos of my favorite styles 🙂  Just thought I’d share them with you… 🙂

A basic sheath dress paired with black tights.

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The LBD as a wrap dress--another very classic style!

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Quarter-sleeved mini version. Conservative, yet makes a statement.

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Casual and slouchy, but with attitude 🙂

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An assymetrical version, perfect for cocktails or not-so-formal occasions 🙂

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One of my favorites--the LBD in lace! Very feminine, very chic!

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Simple, strapless, and sexy!

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This maxi dress speaks understated elegance--I love it!

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As an ending to this post, I wanted to share with you an excerpt I found that summarizes the “beauty” and “brilliance” of the LBD:

  • They come in a variety of shapes and designs. Long, short, pencil skirt, flared skirt, long sleeved, halter neck, boob tube, spaghetti straps, the list is endless.
  • Black is very very slimming. It is flattering whether you are a perfect size 6, a perfect size 20 or a perfect huge and pregnant.
  • Whatever the occasion it never looks out of place (as long as the sleeves and length are appropriate)
  • You can go from work to a funeral to a cocktail party without changing (what an emotional roller-coaster of a day that would be).
  • You can dress it down with thick black tights, flat shoes, a cardigan or a blazer.
  • You can dress it up with a flash of colour in your make-up, with extravagant jewellery, beautiful shoes or a super belt.
  • You can wear the same dress for a week and look different every day with the wonder of accessories.
  • You can have ten completely different black dresses in your wardrobe without feeling guilty.
  • You can look great in a little black dress whether it cost $20 or $2,000.
  • You know it will never go out of fashion so it is a long term investment (as long as you don’t buy one with a puffball skirt).
  • It can be elegant, chic, sexy, formal, relaxed, reserved, you can stand out or blend into the background.
Source: dulcinea-norton-smith.suite101.com
How about you, Chicas, how do you wear your LBD? 🙂
Have a great weekend!
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