I have heard said that a TRUE Little Black Dress can be worn to any occasion. A wedding. A funeral. A cocktail party. The opera. Work. I disagree. While I believe black works everywhere and at any time, I don't believe one dress can work for all of the occasions above. Besides, what fun would ONE Little Black Dress be?
Chanel is credited with 'inventing' the Little Black Dress as we know it. It was unveiled on October 1, 1926 in the pages of American Vogue.
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First is my favorite. This classic wiggle dress is simply fabulous! In it, I feel like I stepped right out of the late 50s. It works for almost any occasion, though it can be a little much for some situations due to the va-va-voom factor. I've worn this dress to a funeral (with a sweater) and numerous cocktail parties.
I wish I had a photo of what this really looks like on, but I can't find a full body shot. So this photo of cocktails in the library of the Los Angeles Athletic Club will simply have to do.
The next dress is also inspired by the 1950's. I consider this my vintage-inspired party dress. This one is super fun and with the fact that it's in satin and has a great back, it's a lot more dressy than my other LBDs.
The upper back is opaque with a button closure and gives the dress an interesting element. I've worn this dress for a New Year's Eve bash, a charity benefit, and a movie premiere in New York - it worked fabulously for all of them!
The third dress is a really light and gauzy summer dress that is perfect for those hot summer evening parties. Comfortable, cool, and flirty, yet there's still a dressy element to this one. I've worn it to summer evening birthdays, cocktail hours, and art shows.
So if you don't have a Little Black Dress for every occasion, you should really rectify that immediately.
To see my inspiration for the 'This Charming Dame' series, please visit Quite Continental Charm School.
Happy Shopping Kittens!