Back in the 1920’s, Coco Chanel designed the first little black dress (LBD), which was to become one of the iconic creations of modern fashion. We fondly call it the LBD, and it is a wardrobe staple for every girl. Why? Because, you just can’t do without a Little Black Dress. It’s the prime ‘rule of fashion’.
If you are looking for a definition, Little Black Dress is ‘an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.’ But it is intended to be versatile, and over the years, we have seen it evolve into delicious designs that flatter every figure.
For this very reason, every lady must own one (or many) – you can dress it up or down according to the occasion. Team it up with a jackets and pumps for the street or office; for the evening, take off the jacket, let your hair down and add some bling with accessories.
You may be wondering why the Little Black Dress is considered the most sacred and holy in the fashion bible. Prior to 1920’s (and Chanel), black was considered a colour of mourning, and it was indecent to use it for formal wear. It was this rigid rule of European society that Coco Chanel challenged. In 1926, American Vogue carried the picture of a simple black dress and called it ‘Chanel’s Ford’. Like the car (Model T), the dress was simple and accessible to women from all social classes. Vogue also described it as “a sort of uniform for all women of taste”
Could Vogue ever be wrong?
The proof is the unchallenged popularity of the LBD for almost a century!
Of course, you could read countless stories about the Little Black Dress. But for the present, let’s look at how to style it.
Audrey Hepburn wore it with pearls in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and today celebs like to add a pop of colour – especially neon ones. That is the beauty of the Little Black Dress – it can be styled in a million ways. Every major designer, stylist and celeb has had their take on it – which means that there is a lot of material for you to get inspired from. We are going to look at how the LBD is styled with gold – the metal and colour.
Just like neon’s and bright pastels, metallic hues add a new dimension to a simple LBD. Gold especially, has a goddess like effect on any lady in a LBD. Little Black Dress + Gold = Elegant chic. Formal, casual, party – you can take it anywhere – just know your style.
Take a look at these Little Black Dress Designs for Party Wear
Just add a statement neck piece and shoes to match black short dress. The clutch could have a little gold detailing too.
Get a glitzy gold belt and you won’t worry about being dull in black. It isn’t over the top either.
Go gold with a sequined jacket/blazer. Keep the other accessories away from bling.
Keep warm in gold metallic leggings with LBD dresses – and you have a winter chic!
Go gold all over with accessories, so that your Little Black Dress will stand out in black.