Do All Little Black Dresses Have to Be Black?
The Little Black Dress, which was first devised by Coco Chanel in the 1920s and later popularized by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is arguably the most famous of all the dress styles. When a fashionista refers to her “LBD” you tend to know what she is talking about, if you are follow fashion that is…
There’s a certain amount of cachet attached to the LBD that confers a degree of sophistication and ‘je ne sais quoi’ on the woman wearing it. Although the LBD has attained iconic status since Audrey wore hers on the big screen, it’s nevertheless accurate to describe this particular dress as being ‘little’ because LBDs are distinguishable by their crisp, neat and sassy silhouette which is striking while managing to be unassuming at the same time. Anyway, you know what they say about dynamite coming in small packages…
Unlike its sister the cocktail dress and cousin the maxi-dress, the LBD doesn’t fall into the category of either formal or casual wear and can be worn on most occasions, making it the perfect garment to throw on when you don’t know what to wear and even when you do!
LBDs are never long with the ideal length being above or just below the knee but there are no hard-and-fast rules per se, other than that the LBD is always black. The reason for this is obvious because the moniker would be a rather hard to pull off otherwise, and even though many shades have enjoyed their day in the sun as ‘the new black’, the only one that can truly be called ‘black’ is black!
To have ‘cachet’ is to possess an original, distinctive or individual quality
‘Je ne sais quoi’ literally translated means ‘I don’t know what’, meaning that a thing has an indefinable or indescribable quality air of attractiveness
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