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Little Black Dress Transcends Fashion

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Scheherazade is easy. The little black dress is hard. - Coco Chanel

Since Coco Chanel introduced it in 1926, the little black dress has become the epitome of timeless fashion. It is the answer to every "What should I wear to..." question from cocktail parties to holiday parties to class reunions.

As a concept, the little black dress has even moved on to represent an ideal of a perfectly simple, yet sexy object. Even the computer industry recognizes the need to inject a bit of "little black dress" into its design and marketing.

A fashion anomaly, the concept of the little black dress never changes, much unlike the trend-crazed industry.

It remains the height of chicness.

It knows no social, style or size boundaries. Whether it costs $1,000 or $50, is a size 2 or a size 22, it is still a little black dress. And everyone wants to own at least one perfect little black dress.

Through the years, the little black dress has undergone hemline, shoulder, strap and fabric variations and this season is no different.

Little Black Dress Facts

  • Before Coco Chanel introduced it as a fashion color, black was primarily used for mourning.
  • Even a book has been dedicated to it: "Little Black Dress," by Amy H. Eldelman.

Tips

  • Always in style: a knee-ish length (right above, at or below) sleeveless sheath.
  • Keep legs bare or in very sheer hose for the dressiest looks. An updated twist is to add patterned hose.
  • Feel free to embellish the look with sparkly earrings, bag and cover-up because the simple black dress carries accessories well.

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