Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Classics: Little Black Dress

Every woman should have a little black dress ("LBD") as part of her wardrobe. It's a closet staple. The LBD is classic and timeless and is the perfect go-to dress for any occasion. Going on a date? Check. Going to work? Check. Going to a funeral? Check (a bit grim, but...check). Black means business and it suits everyone and ever occasion. The rise of fame of this classic dress is attributed to legendary fashion icon, Coco Chanel. She believed that "simplicity is the keynote of true elegance". Back in 1926, Vogue predicted that Coco's LBD would "become a sort of uniform for all women of taste" (http://www.style.com/). And it has.

Over the years, her famous black dress took many forms and been since embellished and reincarnated. However many forms its taken, it's still a timeless classic, still black and still elegant. The three dresses below are three very different takes on the LBD.

This silk charmeuse number is for the budget-conscious. A great silhouette in a light fabric that is elegant enough to wear to a cocktail party and fun enough to wear for a night with the girls.

(Eliza J Charmeuse Shift Dress, $118)

The ruffles add femininity to this satin dress from Vera Wang. A great addition to any closet, this dress can wow your date with the right accessories and with pearls, is somber enough for a funeral.

(Lavender by Vera Wang, $395)

I adore this Valentino creation! The ruffled neckline is utterly feminine. The empire waist accentuates your curves. What more can a woman ask for? Practical enough for work, yet subtly sexy for that next big date with Mr. Right.

(Valentino Roma Ruffled Wool Dress, $1395)

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