Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Little Black Dress

This article was inspired by one of my favourite movies; Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This movie is known for the little black dresses the character Holly Golightly (played by the always fashionable Audrey Hepburn) wore throughout the film.

So what is a little black dress (LBD)? A little black dress is a simple evening or cocktail dress. Often, but not always does the LBD have a short skirt. The little black dress was originally made popular in the 1920s by the fashion designer Coco Chanel. She wanted to create a dress that outlasted trends, was versatile, affordable and accessible to a wide variety of women. The colour black is a neutral colour so it just fit in simply.The little black dress can be dressed up or down to accommodate the occasion. All you need is the right accessories.

Dressing Down:
Bolder heels
Pops of colour in accessories
Bigger, funkier bags
Colourful tights

Here’s an example:

Dress: Delia’s, $39.50; boots: Alloy, $39.50; Bag: Alloy, $34.50; Earrings: Alloy, $14.50.

Dressing Up:
Simpler accessories
Dressier shoes
Plain tights in mainly black, skin colour or white
Small bag; clutch if possible

Here’s an example with the same dress:

Dress: Delia’s, $39.50; shoes: Alloy, $29.50; tights: Alloy, 2 for $7.50; clutch: Payless, $14.99; Necklace: Fred Flare, $10.

See it’s as simple as that. You can dress up or dress down, just think about the accessories and the occasion. Have Fun!

(Please note that for many of the dresses shown here, they can come in other colours.)

Dress 1: Lulu’s, $64; shoes: Lulu’s, $29.00; Dress 2: Lulu’s, $44.00; shoes: Lulu’s, $106.00

Dress 3: Alloy, $36.50-38.50; Dress 4: Alloy, $42.50-44.50

Dress 3: Delia’s, $39.50; Dress 4: Delia’s, $44.50

Dress 5: Delia’s, $44.50; Dress 6: Delia’s, $44.50

Shoes and Accessories:

Shoe 1: Payless, $38.00; Shoe 2: Payless, $19.99

Shoe 3: Fred Flare, $28.00; Shoe 4: Alloy, $39.50

Shoe 5: Alloy, $34.50; Green Bow Purse: Fred Flare, $14.00

Key necklace: Fred Flare, $12.00; Watch Locket necklace: Fred Flare $22.00

Black headband: Delia’s, $8.50; Purple headband: Delia’s, $9.50

1 comment:

Nicole Linette said...

Your blog is really great. I love all the lbd's and shoes you posted. Do you want to swap blog links?