The Classic Trend of the Little Black Dress


Almost every woman owns some version of the classic little black dress. The trend was introduced by Coco Chanel decades ago and made iconic by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961. Before this, black was only worn for mourning and not a color typically found in women’s wardrobes.

The little black dress has come a long way but is still a classic piece that is not going away any time soon.

I have my favorite little black dress that I have had for several years now. I have brought it to my dressmaker a few times to alter the look a little, but to this day it’s still my favorite little black dress.

Here I am wearing it very minimally accessorized, but I have occasionally worn it with stiletto shoes and large necklaces. It always looks good!

The little black dress, or LBD, is something that many women turn to when they want to look elegant and also want to be comfortable. The little black dress can go from office to evening wear with ease, which is why this one basic piece of clothing has withstood the test of time.

It’s astonishing how many looks we can get out of a simple black dress! This foundational piece can be dressed up or dressed down for any occasion. It’s important to find a dress that is comfortable and meets your individual needs whether it’s long or short, straight or flowy, sexy or conservative.

A sleeveless black dress can be worn in any season by adding jackets, shawls, or wraps during cooler weather. It’s also important to note that a black shirt/skirt combo or a black pant suit can achieve the same stunning look and versatility that a dress can. What matters is that you feel comfortable and confident in your ensemble.

Black is a flattering color for many women. However, today’s modern woman is sometimes tired of wearing this same color after so many decades.

Fashion blogger Patti Gibbons says, “I can’t tell anyone else what to wear, but I can help you find that authenticity within you that you want to share.”

This means that if black isn’t flattering to your hair and skin tone, by all means, choose an alternative color! If you worry that your favorite color is very bold and that it will be too memorable to wear often, consider buying the same outfit in different colors.

Let’s take a look at a few places where you can find great little black dresses for older women.

Macy’s

Macy's little black dress

This sheath dress with metallic trim is a great LBD if you have great legs but want to cover up your arms.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom little black dress

This LBD from Nordstrom’s is cut a little longer if you prefer to cover your legs more. The side slit and the ruched side waist detail give it a feminine and sexy shape. Pair it with a jacket or a shawl if you want to cover up your arms.

Everlane

Everlane little black dress

This classic look LBD from Everlane can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.

Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale's little black dress

This elegant and classic looking little black dress from Bloomingdale’s has all the Audrey Hepburn inspiration we need. Add some pearls and you’ve got the perfect Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.

Draper’s & Damon’s

Draper's and Damon's little black dress

This flowy georgette LBD/jacket combo from Draper’s & Damon’s is perfect for all those special occasions.

Do you own a little black dress? Where did you purchase it? Do you wear it often? Do you think that you will purchase a little black dress if you don’t already have one in your wardrobe? Leave your thoughts and comments below.



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