Opening this post up with a Karl quote is quite fitting since the Chanel show was one of the last runways of fashion month yesterday in Paris. Although I would rather be over-dressed than underdressed (always), I wholeheartedly agree that with a little black dress in your repertoire, you won’t be either.
One of the most recognizable black dresses is the Givenchy number worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A huge fashion and cultural icon herself, Mrs. Hepburn forever solidified the iconography of the “little black dress” in history.
While it’s hard to go wrong with such a classic staple, much of the success of the outfit depends on fit and knowing what style is right for your body type. Fit and flare dresses like the one pictured below are hit or miss for me. Either they minimize my waist and accentuate my hourglass shape, or they widen my frame. The v-neck and sleeves hide the areas I’m less comfortable with and feature my collar bone which, in my opinion, is the sexiest part of a woman’s body.
In addition to fit, length is hugely important in picking the right dress. If you do it right once, chances are it will be with you for YEARS. Staying with a classic hem length like above the knee will decrease your CPW and ensure that it won’t go out of style. While midi is big right now, it can hit the calves at an awkward point and is isn’t nearly as timeless.
Even if you’re someone who stays away from black, LBDs are the perfect pieces to either wear alone, or to style up with accessories or a great jacket for a chic and foolproof outfit.
The dress and shoes pictured above are old BCBGMaxAzria and no longer available, but you can find similar styles here and here. See below for my roundup of LBDs in all different silhouettes and comment which one you would wear!