Ever since Coco Chanel established the little black dress as a fundamental fashion frock back in the 1920s, it has become a closet favourite, a quintessential wardrobe staple no woman can do without. Transcending time and trends, the little black dress takes you effortlessly from a casual lunch to a black tie affair. Season less and versatile depending on its fabric, with a bit of imagination and experimentation, one can wear this fashion staple in many different ways.
A traditionally tailored sheath dress, timeless in its appeal is the best shape to set off an hourglass figure, including being the most versatile as well. Throw a blazer over it and it will empower you for that important meeting at work. Again, it can transition into an appealingly seductive outfit for a romantic dinner date. Pair it with pearl earrings and red-hot lips for a classic look, so drop dead gorgeous every man in the room will have his eyes riveted on you.
Get a floaty black frock in loose fitting jersey or cotton for a more playfully feminine look. For a casual look, wear it as a swimsuit cover-up at the beach, accessorizing it with flip-flops, tote bag. a large straw hat and Jackie O style sunglasses. For an evening on the town slip on some bejeweled strappy sandals, bold bangles and gypsy hoops. Pair it with leggings and ballet flats and you are ready to go, whether running errands or shopping the city streets.
Versatile and flirty, the party little black dress is what every woman must have. Actually, it would be a good idea to invest in a more than one. Whether you go for stretchy, slinky, strapless or seductive, experiment with various styles, try out interesting silhouettes and necklines. Once you’ve found the perfect dress, go for it; think of it as an investment that will never go out of style.
An epitome of elegance, the little black dress is the perfect canvas that reflects a woman’s best features. So simple, yet, elegant, you not the dress stands out. You can dress it up or dress it down, you can accessorise it with fun shoes, or a coloured pashmina shawl, slip a dainty crochet top over it, add a burst of colour with a bright scarf knotted at the throat, or pin a pretty, outsized flower brooch at the shoulder or the waist. But remember, always keep it low key, as Coco Chanel a patron of the little black dress said: ‘Less is more!’