Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Little Black Dress

Eliza Magazine

The First "Little Black Dress."

Coco Chanel, the designer responsible for the popularity and longevity of the “little black dress”, left a beautiful gift for all ladies. The little black dress can be worn by day or night, can be jewel-neck, v-neck, strapless, backless, short, long, dressed up or dressed down. There is no end to how you can accessorize the black dress, but pearls are my favorite, and appear to be a timeless combination (who could forget Audrey Hepburn draped in Givenchy and pearls in the opening credits for Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

There is nothing easier and more classic than the little black dress and a strand of pearls, pearl earrings, and black pumps. This combination is perfect for day or night. The addition of diamonds or costume jewelry is a beautiful way to accessorize the black dress, and this has always been a popular look, finishing with the black pump embellished by rhinestones.

I would like to thank Coco Chanel for her introduction of the little black dress in 1926, because without it, we would be a little less perfect. Oh yes, and by the way, black is very slimming. As Coco Chanel said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

Coco Chanel

I have chosen just a few of the "little black dresses" that I thought you would fall in love with.

Port 1961 Lace Sheath little black dress.

David Meister Neiman Marcus.

Black Label of Ralph Lauren, Liby Houndstooth Sequin.

David Meister Neiman Marcus.

Let's have a party dresses.

Rebecca Taylor Sateen Saks Fifth Avenue.

Armani Collezioni.

ABS by Allen Schwartz Neiman Marcus


I hope that you have enjoyed my trip down this "little black dress" lane. I have been known to wear nothing but black, but I have finally started wearing blue-jeans and a few other bright colors. I love my black dress. That's all I can say. It goes anywhere at anytime. Thank you, Coco!

Merry Christmas,

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