WHY THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS IS SUCH A STAPLE
A recent study found that almost 80% of women claim a girl’s wardrobe is not complete unless she has the iconic LBD as part of her dress collection. On average they spend $150 for their dress but that figure can double or even triple when shoes, bag and accessories are added in. She also spends 5 days searching for her perfect LBD but will only wear it twice! So although certainly a fashion icon treasured by ladies around the globe it only gets to see the light of day or night twice. Furthermore whilst 80% own a Little Black Dress of the remaining 20% it is estimated 8% are still searching for that perfect black number.
As determined by the early 20 century design of Coco Chanel the Little Black Dress by tradition has a hemline at or just above the knee and may be with or without sleeves. While the fabric, texture and style may change the LBD has remained a classic design ever since the famous wearing by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Quite simply it is a classic, can be dressed up or down and does not date like other designs and colors which come in and out of fashion.
Whilst the Little Black Dress is certainly a fashion classic it is both sophisticated and sexy and the finished look can be personalized by the use of clever hair and accessories to make it either a heightened sophisticated look or a very sexy look with seemed stockings and a pair of 6” FMP’s/stiletto heel pumps.
Perhaps the LBD above any other piece of ladies clothing is widely accepted to be the one we should all have because it is the one essential piece that will take you just about anywhere. But do crossdressing girls feel the same about the Little Black Dress and what makes it such a classic feminine symbol? There are certain names that spring to mind when asked to suggest feminine icons of the last 50 to 75 years and 2 of the more classic femmes we hear mentioned in passing are Marilyn and Audrey Hepburn. With Marilyn it is the classic blonde bombshell with that hourglass figure versus the sophisticated sexiness of the petite Ms. Hepburn as exemplified in Breakfast at Tiffany’s avec LBD.
But apart from its iconic status why else should an LBD be part of every girl’s wardrobe:
- Sexy or Sophisticated or both. That’s right it can be worn different ways and dressed up or down depending on your mood and the occasion.
- Full coverage or sleeveless. The classic look is just as stunning when worn with long sleeves and high neck as it is with a plunging cleavage bustline so is ideal for petite girls and those of a larger frame
- Slimming. Well it is black so enough said!
- The perfect blank canvas, That’s right a simple black dress can be transformed with matching shoes, belt, bag/clutch and any variety of jewelry accessories.
- Affordable. You can pick up a great form-fitting Little Black Dress from as little as $39.95 for a garment you can wear to many different occasions so a little does go a long way in this case!
Just like Black Pumps, Pearl Earrings or even a classic white button-up blouse, the LBD transcends time and fashions and so is really an essential to any girl’s closet. As far back as the 1920’s it was earmarked by Coco Chanel when she said “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” All the Hollywood stars, nobility and feminine icons since can’t be wrong – it’s classy, sophisticated, elegant, sexy, independent and modern which are all feminine virtues we can aspire to. From Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Elizabeth Hurley’s Versace dress with the slit to Princess Diana’s ‘break-up dress’ the history of fashion is littered with these iconic images of LBD’s like no other color of dress.
Part of the mass appeal is that you can wear it for so many different kind of occasions. Imagine you haven’t dressed for ages and a friend suggests a last minute trip to dinner or to the latest CD monthly gathering at Triangles Club in Danbury, CT. You are lacking a little confidence since you haven’t dressed for so long, you have put on a few extra pounds over the Autumn and as you rummage in the back of the closet you are doubting yourself when out of the corner of your eye you spot the LBD hanging there like a best friend. It’s the one you always wear when you can’t think of anything else and if you don’t have one yet – get one and it will become your best friend when you have your hour of need.
We know many girls that have many LBD’s in their closet. Whilst they certainly are not afraid to wear other colors, they love the classic, beautiful elegance of the Little Black Dress that transforms you the moment you slip it on.
Millions of girls and CD girls can’t be wrong so if you have yet to try one we can’t speak highly enough of these must-have garments. Whether you are petite or broad, tall or short the LBD comes in many different styles that will suit any shape or form. Remember pair with a good selection of shoes and accessories and you can transform a simple Little Black Dress into different looks for many occasions. Happy Shopping !