“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”

Karl Lagerfeld

Doesn't the phrase "little black dress" almost always conjure up an image of Audrey Hepburn's character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's?

Doesn’t the phrase “little black dress” almost always conjure up an image of Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Did you know:

  • Coco Chanel’s black silk dress introduced in 1926 was the first “little black dress.”
  • Chanel coined the phrase and shortened it to LBD.
  • The LBD sounded the death knell for corsets, frills, and fuss.
  • The LBD was referred to as the Ford of Fashion.
  • Male journalists lamented “no more bosom, no more stomach, no more rump.”
  • It was considered a tad outrageous for a woman to appear in public in black if she were not in mourning-and the etiquette of bereavement was nothing to be messed with during that time!
  • The little black dress was considered a fad-but the elegance, simplicity and versatility withstood the test of time, and the LBD is considered an essential in every woman’s wardrobe.

Here are a few quotes from Coco Chanel that reveal her clarity when it came to dressing women:

 “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

 “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

And this quote just for fun:

 “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”