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Monday, December 21, 2009

That wonderful LBD!!!

Oh! the Little black dress. It can be safe or sexy… formal or fun. It's appropriate at work, a funeral, or a party, depending on what else you are wearing with it.. It's been a staple in a well-dressed woman's wardrobe for more than eighty years.

The little black dress, so much a part of the fashion vocabulary that people today simply refer to it as an LBD. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel gets most of the credit for "inventing" the little black dress in 1926.

Coco’s famous design debuted to the world of fashion in 1926. Vogue magazine has called it fashion's Model T by Vogue, debuted in 1926.

The LBD reigned during the 1930s and '40s, but the version that perhaps best known LBD was the simple sheath Hubert de Givenchy created for Audrey Hepburn to wear in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's. Hepburn wore it in several scenes in the movie and looked chic and charming throughout. The ides behind the LBD is that it can be worn for a variety of occasions from one season to the next. It is the uniform that goes everywhere with a touch of demure sophistication."

The general appeal of black is that the clothes can be changed depending on whether you are having a wallflower day or a “Here I am” day. When you invest in a LBD is will be versatile enough to go from day to night, with a change of accessories such as:

- Swap the oversized handbag for a simple clutch.
- Replace the casual jacket or cardigan with a cropped tuxedo jacket.
- Take the wide scarf wrapped around your neck during the day and drop it down around your shoulders to use it as a wrap at night.
- Replace your daytime suede heels or flats with metallic, patent or colorful heels.
- Add embellished headbands and hair clips.
- Wear a faux fur wrap or scarf for a more dramatic look.
- Accessorize with chunky multi-colored beads for a BOHO look
- Try another jewelry change by ditching the gold jewelry and changing to stick to silver.
- Remember to follow the one-accessory rule at all times so not to look overdone. If you are wearing chunky jewelry, keep the footwear and clutch subtle.

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