Classic Pieces: The Little Black Dress

In 1926, Coco Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. Within the same issue Vogue stated that the black dress would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.” And so it began. Following that first image the influence and recognition of the ‘Little Black Dress’ gradually increased, peaking during World War Two when the style was not only desirable, it was also necessary due to the rations of textiles. The biggest era for the LBD was undoubtedly the sixties, when the concept of the classic LBD was cemented. While the ‘mod’ generation shortened hemlines and added slits, the release of Breakfast at Tiffany’s sparked a wave of popularity that no one could have predicted. The leading lady of Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn) wore a custom design by Hubert de Givenchy, which was simple, classic and elegant. The same dress was recently auctioned for £410,000.

More recently, the classic LBD has become a canvas for designers to project new trends onto. This season has seen LBDs carry the sports-luxe trend with mesh details as well as soft drapes. Reworked with new fabrics in new shapes, the LBD has evolved into more than a wardrobe staple, it now seems impossible to imagine a wardrobe without one. Peplums, studs, cut-work and a hundred other mini-trends have had their time on the LBD and I have collected most of them along the way. The LBD is the most dependable item in any woman’s wardrobe. Flattering, forgiving and extremely hard-working, I can’t fathom the thought of not having six LBDs to choose from before an evening event. The beauty of the LBD is that thanks to the use of casual fabrics such as jersey and knitted cotton the wear-ability of the dress is no longer restricted to evenings. LBD’s also transpire trends and seasons, the classic piece is available from numerous designers and stores all year round. Some of my favourite little black dresses this season come from designers Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang – all classic shapes updated with new season twists. Pair your LBD with a new-season bag and a new pair of shoes and you’re good to go.

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LBD by La Petite Salope

Add your LBD to your classic pieces capsule wardrobe along with The Trophy Jacket, The White Shirt, The Blue Jeans and The Perfect Pumps.

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