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“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Coco Chanel

The Little Black Dress (LBD) has been an essential to every girl’s closet for decades. This piece is more than just a dress, it is a lifesaver, an all occasion necessity, and a wardrobe staple. Originated in the 1920’s by Coco Chanel and made notorious by Audrey Hepburn, the Little Black Dress, has become something every girl should have and should always be in constant search of the perfect fit for her body and style.

The Audrey Hepburn, Holly Golightly, Little Black Dress, as seen in Breakfast at Tiffany’s,  was designed by Hubert de Givenchy. This dress changed fashion forever by creating a signature style for anyone wanting to portray an elegant and effortless look.

Most recently the Little Black Dress, came back into the spotlight in ad’s that were run for one of the early seasons of Sex & the City and reruns on cable television for the series. The women of the show are featured all wearing variations of the Little Black Dress.

The most important aspect to the Little Black Dress, is defining how it is worn. The accessories to this dress are crucial. Black pumps or ballet flats are custom, but the jewelry is where the extra attention is needed. Chanel and Hepburn both adorned their LBD’s with pearls – lot’s and lot’s of pearls. The finest real – or costume, pieces must accompany the dress, in order to finish off the decadence of the look.  (Remember: If all else fails simplicity is key – the point of the Little Black Dress is to look effortlessly chic and put together.)

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  1. IT'S STRANGELY ME May 4, 2011 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Love the history lesson in this post, I definitely needed a refresher.
    The little black dress is the absolute essential item in a girl’s closet. When all goes wrong, just pull it out, and you’ll be set for any occasion!

    • Jessey May 4, 2011 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Thanks! This dress certainly has changed the way we look at fashion. I’m constantly waiting for something else to revolutionalize the way we look at clothes, but nothing has been as hard hitting as this piece.

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