The Little Black Dress

By Emma Childs

The Little Black Dress is one of the pieces that has stood the test of time.  Coco Chanel brought it into the fashion world and with Vogue’s declaration of it as a uniform for all women, it has stayed on trend and always in style. And then with the release of the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffanys in 1961, Audrey Hepburn sports several simple yet stately dresses that oozed sophistication of the screen and caused women all over to buy some dresses of their own.

A poster of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffanys showing off her iconic look.
A poster of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffanys showing off her iconic look.

I almost guarantee if you take a peek into anyone woman’s wardrobe, you will find at least one Little Black Dress. Fondly refereed to as the LBD, women all over the globe agree that they’re staples in any wardrobe! It is considered a “must-have” in all closets due to its easy, chic appearance.  My advice when buying one is to keep it simple and versatile, because it then makes it easy to dress it up or dress it down.

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Found at Weekend in Orleans! Perfect book for inspiration.

 

I went out to local shops and found some basic LBD’s; one more dressy and the other more casual.

The dress pictured below was an awesome find at Francis Frances Design Studio in Orleans and would be perfect dress for any nighttime fun. It is a perfect party dress for a little soiree or even a date night. The intricate panel down the front gave the dress more texture and jazzed it up. One could accessorize with a chunky necklace, a stack or bracelets, or leave it just the way it is and let it stand on its own!

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This casual day dress was spotted at Mosees in Barnstable. The lightweight fabric makes this dress perfect for any daytime activities. The knot detail at the bust adds to the dress and makes it look oh-so easy going.  Really any footwear would go with this dress; heels to look feminine; boots to pull it into the upcoming seasons; or flats to class it up. This dress is a great example of navigating the balance between simple but still exciting. It is basic but not boring due to the little exciting elements added.

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These two dresses are different but have one common thread; they are both sophisticated. It is the magic of the LBD! So I encourage you to look around at local boutiques to find some staples of your own for your wardrobe.