The Little Black Dress

In 1954 Christian Dior said “You can wear black at any time. You can wear black at any age. You may wear it on almost any occasion. A little black frock is essential to a woman” I absolutely agree! Coco Chanel has been credited for the creation of the iconic little black dress. It was 1926 when she created a simple black jersey dress that changed the face of fashion. Since then, it has become a staple and the core to every well dressed woman’s wardrobe. Who could forget the image of Audry Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s wearing her little black dress? If you don’t have one, put it on your wish list. It’s a must! I think sometimes we forget about that “little black dress”. The “right” black dress can be worn for  a wedding – a funeral – a party – a luncheon or a dinner – we experience life in that little black dress.

After seeing snippets of the ” Little Black Dress” exhibition at the Savannah Collage of Art and Design, curated by Andre Leon Talley, I realized how important that little black dress has been through the span of time. The exhibit features 80 pieces from current designs by Stella McCartney and L’wren Scott to Chanel.  The bottom line – one must have a little black dress to complete a proper wardrobe. I suggest something simple, that’s well made, and most importantly  – make sure it fit’s you well.

Here are some accessories that can make that simple black dress ready for a number of different occasions.

Here we have the – Little Black Dress –DRESSED UP.
The A-line dress has a flirty flair to it, and the shift on the right is classic. Remember what makes this dress so fantastic is YOU! If you have great arms – SHOW THEM OFF! If you don’t, then either wear a lovely silk chiffon scarf wrap or buy a three quarter sleeve dress instead. The pearls are by Margo Morrison. They are stunning! Wear them tight around the neck or long and loose. If you’re looking for some real drama – add a pair of long black silk gloves for that – Breakfast at Tiffnay’s look. Love the Clara Kasavina Clutch!

Here we have – the Little Black Dress – DRESSED DOWN…

Here we have three different combinations – really many more if you mix and match. I say dressed down, only because it’s a bit more casual. This is still a dressier look, with an edge. Check out the fabulous David Galan handbag in leather and pony – so cool! The great leopard print clingy clutch by 49 square miles is wonderful too!