The Wikipedia definition of a Little Black Dress is thus: an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel, intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour.
Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the “LBD”. The Little Black Dress concept has changed over the years and I have started to feel that for some women it is an excuse to pull out a tacky dress that barely covers your butt cheeks. I am of the opinion that a Little Black Dress is associated with women over the age of 21.
Once you reach this age hopefully you understand what sexy, elegant and chic is. There is no excuse to be confused as a street walker by the fashion police. I have a few images that will help guide you and encourage you to purchase or wear your LBD.
Dess one is for a night out on the town. It is ideal for clubbing and partying. Please note that dress is tight and short but passes the bend and sit test (before you purchase a dress bend over to see if your knickers show & sit and cross your legs to see if they show in that position).
This dress is short and flirty. Yes the dress is shorter than the one above but because it not fitted, and still passes the bend & sit test it can be worn on a red carpet, to an event a cocktail party. This dress is also embellished and there is some artistry, not just spandex.
This dress is another example of the short, flirty and embellished. This dress is well constructed and can be described as stylish, sexy and edgy.
The last dress is described as elegant, sophisticated and complimentary to any figure. It will work well for formal occasions.
Here are a few rules for picking the ideal LBD:
- Identify your body type and the type of dress that best suits your body
- The length of your dress should be suitable for the event and time of day
- Remember to be comfortable and do the bend & sit test.
Please remember that the ‘L’ in little black dress is not to be taken literally. For more images and inspiration ideas for your LBD please log onto my blog loloskloset.co.uk and my youtube channel youtube.com/loloskloset.