The Little Black Dress as Timeless in Fashion and a Wardrobe Staple

By on April 13, 2012

Audrey Hepburn - Little Black DressGuest Post

Fashion is ever changing but a timeless staple in one’s wardrobe is something one can always fall back on. An investment that makes you look and feel good especially on those occasions when one finds there’s nothing really worth wearing. Why buy a brand new next season out of fashion dress when the little black dress is still in the running? It’s a fashion icon that is always fresh and even comfortable to wear. Those wearing it get noticed and are praised for their good taste.

History of LBD!

If you look into history, you’ll find the little black dress began in the 1920s but of course, Hubert de Givenchy’s design immortalized it. The classic  movie, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, a romantic comedy, released in 1961,made a simple black sheath dress cut very much in vogue thanks to the way actress Audrey Hepburn carried it off as Holly Go lightly, the extroverted society girl with simplistic but eccentric ways. Holly, in the movie, epitomized a little black dress with a simple pearl necklace as the sole jewelry piece. The accessory served as a perfect foil to the overall black tint of the outfit.  A black lace dress with pearls became the picture of elegance. We even find references to it in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffanys“Audrey Hepburn” is still in Everyone’s Mind as Fashion Diva…

2011 marked the 50th anniversary of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Audrey Hepburn, in the character of Holly, carrying an extra large cigarette holder and wearing the little black dress is considered as one of the most iconic images of 20th century American cinema. Givenchy had designed three black dresses for Hepburn to be used in the movie. The one she finally wore as Holly at the beginning of the film sold at seven times its reserve price at an auction by Christie’s. It is cited as one of the most iconic items of clothing in the 20th century and perhaps the most famous little black dress of all time.

Why is the little black dress so popular?

One of the reasons can be that though it has featured several changes over the years, mostly you’ll find it retaining the simplicity of its style. Even the Duchess of Windsor didn’t stint in its praise when she commented that where the little black dress served its purpose, there could be nothing to supersede it. While originally it was mid-calf length, it has shortened over the ages.

What makes this such a must have is that it suits all occasions??

You can either dress it up a bit or tone down the look. For working women, it’s a wardrobe compulsion for its easy to accessorize option. If you are thinking of wearing it to office, you can pull a jacket and use muted jewelry and pumps. It’s great for evening wear too. All you have to pull on is some blings. So, if investing in the little black dress, it’s important to remember that since it’s meant to be a style staple for years, it should be simple. If it’s too short or cultured towards a trend, its fashion shelf life will deteriorate drastically.

Emily follows fashion religiously; she believes every girl is beautiful and attractive. Similarly she likes her surrounding to be beautiful as well. Recently she renovated her bathroom and made it heavenly beautiful by just changing bathroom tiles and adding shower curtain.



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