One of the staples oft’ recommended for a woman’s closet is the famous Little Black Dress (or LBD for short). Some would even say it is THE wardrobe essential. It’s a timeless classic and has the advantage of fitting into just about any fashion style. No matter if your personal style is old Hollywood Glamour, modern, preppy, goth, etc. the Little Black Dress suits all. It can be dressed up and dressed down, depending on the occasion (and cut of the dress), making it incredibly versatile.
While the true history of the little black dress is a matter of debate, it is most often traced back to Coco Chanel with her Gallic chic stamp on both local French and global fashion. The next most notable LBD (if not of all time) is Audrey Hepburn’s famous black dress in the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Black also has the added advantage of being a flattering colour on anyone. Not only that but it’s a universally slimming colour (especially if there are well-placed seam lines to suit an individual’s body type. Example: Princess seams for a flattering torso).
My current LBD is a sleek little number I bought in New Zealand from the store TEMT a few years back. I like the mix of business and cocktail dress that it exudes. I can wear it as-is to a cocktail party or night on the town or throw a business blazer over it for a client meeting.
(This was an outtake from a Selina Kyle photoshoot I did a few years back, hence the odd about-to-steal-something pose. 😛 )
Shoes: Aldo via thrift shop
Photographs: Me, Kirk Hughes (bottom two)