A Brief Intro To The Classic Little Black Dress
There are certain things that are stylistically timeless. Every woman for instance should own a Chanel handbag and a great pair of Blue Jeans – but there is one wardrobe item that will outlive even these – the classic little black dress. It actually makes very little difference what sort of look they sport during the daylight hours, the classic little black dress is a choice that will always find a place in the wardrobe – and for very good reason. It is easy to accessorise and it’s lines tend to show of the feminine curves that will forever epitomise woman – and it also doesn’t hurt that the style, although invented by Coco Chanel was made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
But how does one go about choosing the Little Black Dress (LBD) that best suits your individual style?
Firstly, know your body – and its shape. The LBD comes in a variety of shapes and sizes -just like human beings. Try on a number of different styles to see what fits best. If you simply choose the first iteration that appeals to you, you run the risk of it aging – a that goes against everything the LIttle Black Dress stands for. Questions you should be asking yourself include whether it is too long? Does it fit snugly around your waist? Does it add to the allure when you stand taller and above all is it comfortable. After all this is a dress that was designed for the cocktail circuit – you might find yourself stading and mingling (or dancing) for long periods of time – being uncomfortable is not conducive to a fabulous night out.
Don’t fall prey to falling love with a LBD that is ‘just’ about perfect thinking that you can make minor alterations- that is a recipe for having a clothing item that in reality will never see a dance floor.
Pay attention to the fit on both arms and legs. Those with longer or larger arms need not cover them completely. Opt for three quarters cover or sheer sleeves that end just above the elbow – those styles can be tremendously slimming. As for legs, the most important part to remember is that the waistline is important. For taller women a dropped waist line can lower the intimidation factor. A higher waistline can give the illusion of longer legs – and who would say no to a shapely leg when it comes to filling out that imaginary dance card.
For those who want to emphasise their breasts or make them appear larger a higher neckline with some embellishment such as lace is a good idea. For those who want to de-emphasise this area avoid the extra bits and bobs.
The key is also to stay true to your uniqueness. The retro look is evergreen – and is especially sought after by women with larger body types. The clean lines of a minimalist dress come be understated – but speaks volumes about a forceful personality. Make sure that the material that you are going to be choosing suits your lifestyle, for instance an organic cotton makes a statement about your green credentials.
Above all, be realistic. If this is going to be your go to dress for functions that are more informal and occur often make sure that it is easy to wear every day. A corporate look calls for a dress that can be accessories with a blazer and be at home in the boardroom and drinks with clients in the evening. One final hint from Dresses Ireland – keep in mind budget. It’s all about the balance between usability and the amount you are going to spend. If it’s only going to come out on that special occasion spend that little extra – if it’s for every day it will suffer wear and tear – and have to be replaced often. Make your purchasing decision accordingly.
When all is said and done, every woman should have a Little Black Dress – just make sure that it is a reflection of your unique style.