Fashion is subjective, as what looks appealing in one’s eyes, may not appeal to another. Despite that, many fashion moguls would agree on one point; a woman must have a little black dress in her possession. If you are more of a pants girl, you might not be happy with the declaration. But hear us out, before making a decision.
Before jeans and pants, women wore dresses and skirts while going on with their daily lives. Why? Dresses can be worn, in either a carefree or classic way, and these garments can make a girl feel elegant. But there was no “it” factor, according to some ladies. That is until Coco Chanel came up with a dress (Little Black Dress or LBD) in 1920, that would forever alter all fashion rules.
Why is it necessary for an elegant woman like you to have this dress in your wardrobe? Mostly because it’s a classic, ageless, beautiful, and timeless piece of fabric. It can be a retro, and a chic style at the same time.
If you are going for subtlety, choose this dress. If you are going to be bold and sexy, again, choose an LBD. So, you can see where we are going with this one, right? Yes, it’s a versatile piece of clothing, and it can be paired with a lot of options. Also, black is a powerful color, and it can boost your feminine appearance.
Women of all shapes, sizes, and colors are beautiful; there’s no doubt about that. However, no other dress can compliment their beauty, unlike this one. Everyone can pull this dress off without putting in any additional effort, as it flatters every figure known to women.
You can wear an eccentric dress if that’s your cup of tea. But at the day’s end, it will be impractical and probably indiscreet, and you may end up as a laughing stock. However, you don’t have to worry about that while wearing this dress.
When you can wear this dress?
On your birthday
Your birthday is the most memorable day of your life. You can make it more memorable by wearing an LBD. Accessorize it the way you want, and look fabulous in it.
At a wedding
When you are invited to a wedding, you can pick this one, provided, the bride and groom do not have any objection to it. You will look graceful if you pair it up with the right jewelry.
On a date/ first date
Got a last-minute date? But, you are unable to shop for a particular dress? Don’t forget this friendly cute little number laying inside your wardrobe. Pick it up, try it on, and be ready for the date. Alternatively, if you are on your first date, you cannot go wrong, if you choose it.
Night outs/ Cocktail parties
A night out with your friends sounds fun, especially at the end of a laborious day. A little black dress is fun, preppy, and a stylish garment that you must don to make the night memorable. If you have to attend a cocktail party, wear this timeless classic.
Yes, you have read it correctly; it can be an ideal choice for a job interview. Layer it up with a jacket, watch, tights, appropriate earrings, and shoes (preferably heels).
Yes, you can have a casual walk in this dress. If you are traveling somewhere, you must have it in your backpack (if the location and the situation permits).
It is an affordable item, compared to other fashion garments. You can give it to your sibling after you are done using it.
How to pair up other outfits with this classic?
Modifying the dress can make you a winner. Here are some of the style tips you can apply in your life:
To give an extra pop
Pair it up with neon-colored accessories (bags or shoes). Or if you are a fan of metal or metallic colors, incorporate them in your overall look.
For the classic look
Add statement jewelry, and voila, we have a winner. However, minimalism is the key here, so, let only one jewelry shine across the black backdrop.
For an hourglass-like figure
Combine your dress with a belt to create the illusion of a perfectly proportioned body.
For an edgy look
Pair it up with gloves, sunglasses, and/ or long boots (black or brown).
For a festive look
Wear ballerinas and other sandals to complete your look for a festival or a party.
For a laidback/ casual look
Layer it up with a jacket/ coat, a buttoned-up or cropped shirt, or denim. Sweaters with cinched waistlines would also create the appropriate look.
For a dignified, professional look
Wear a cardigan over it. It will make you look stylish, classy, and confident at the same time. If you want, you can wear a blazer over it, to attend business meetings.
You can use it as a midi dress, or add some laces, and sheer cuts to add some extra fun to it. In short, you can experiment with it, until you have got the right style. As Karl Lagerfeld has rightly said, “one is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress”.
However, you should not pile up a heap of LBDs too. A little variety would be nice. So, what else should you have in your closet? Jeans, shirts, skirts, T-shirts, and other dresses.