Stated as one of the most important items in a woman’s wardrobe, the little black dress seems to be a timeless fashion piece. Fashion observers believe it’s a rule of fashion to own a simple yet extremely versatile black dress – ideally as simple as possible. The designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou in the 1920s were to showcase one statement piece that is the centre of an outfit. They were created to be long-lasting, accessible to all and affordable for all. The concept has certainly been long-lasting, as the common black dress is in the closet of most and is still as popular in today’s high street. The most famous would be the LBD designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The Givenchy piece was worn with pearls and become the most popular look of the 1960’s. Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was also quoted saying “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.” This one fashion item is a life-long fashion hack.
The popularity with the LBD stems from its versatility along with approval from the most respected of designers. And as fashion evolves, the dress comes in many different styles despite being the same colour. For instance, the typical LBD is a straight shift dress, with little design or detail – the most versatile. This can be dressed down with a casual jacket and pumps, or dressed up with a bright blazer and stilettos; not forgetting that an LBD can be worn with or without tights. There’s little black dresses in a skater style, a bodycon fit and even a daring maxi length which can all be dressed up for the more formal occasions or dressed down for casual days. Although the original design of the LBD wasn’t bombarded with accessories, these little gems are a great way to spice up a look if you feel it’s just not hitting the mark. A bright leather satchel or a sparkly set of bangles will always brighten a look. Graff Diamonds has just realised a stunning chandelier necklace, which would perfectly compliment a basic LBD. Gleaming accessories and embellished jackets or knits are on trend for the winter season and flatter the classic black dress. Party shoes come in many different forms, from glittering flats to polished platforms, and any colour or style can be adapted to pair well with your favourite LBD. Simple can easily become statement, whereas some prefer to go back to basic. The LBD is still an essential needed in every girl’s wardrobe as it will continue to be the easiest, and cheapest yet stylish item.