The Little Black Dress is the age-defying staple of every woman’s closet. You can dress it up, dress it down, effortlessly take it from day-to-night. Endless possibilities! Every year this iconic dress gets ‘re-invented’ by a multitude of designers. Some of the most iconic fashion labels in the world sent some of the most amazing Little Black Dresses down the runway this season. These reinvented dresses are gracing the bodies of Minneapolis women out on the town.
The Little Black Dress or LBD was introduced by Coco Chanel in the 1920s. Her goal was a neutral dress accessible to every woman. Over the last 90 years, the dress has undergone thousands of transformations, redesigns, and billions have been sold. Yet, Coco’s original purpose has not been lost nor forgotten. Multiple styles of the LBD have made it accessible to every woman- tight, flowing, short, long, or in between. There’s literally a dress for everyone.
The Fall/Winter season is the coming out party for the LBD. The vibrant nightlife of downtown Minneapolis is full of women strutting their interpretations of the Little Black Dress. Ranging from ‘barely there’ club dresses to elegant, sexy thigh and knee length dinner/VIP dresses, the sidewalk is a fashion show (or in some cases a circus). Enjoy this style guide that answers all of your burning questions about the LBD.
1. What’s your body type? Curvy, full, voluptuous (top or rear), tall and thin? Most women know what looks good on them. For those that don’t or just aren’t sure, here’s a few pointers:
- Know your body. If your busty, make sure you find a dress that covers your chest but shows your legs. An LBD that covers your chest, but displays your legs will draw attention away from your bust and refocus it to your face, legs and arms.
- Don’t show everything! The Little Black Dress is elegant and sexy, not tacky and trashy. Choose what you want to show off and stay with it. Meaning, you can show legs and arms, chest and arms, or just chest. NEVER everything at once. Men find it sexy when a woman is so confident that she doesn’t need to show her entire body. Leaving something to the imagination will make him desire you even more.
- Avoid skin tight dresses that show every little imperfection. For the women who have the bodies to wear this style, remember to wear shape wear. It prevents undergarment lines from disrupting the flow and silhouette of the dress down your body.
- Be cautious with strapless. If your too busty, you run the risk of having your girls come out to say hi. On the other hand, if the bust is too big for you, the dress won’t look right and it could creepy down through the evening.
2. Wear underwear! This should go unsaid, but we’ve all seen too much when we’re out. You can purchase shape wear underwear or you can wear your own under your shape wear. Either way, don’t become the Britney or LiLo of the night.
3. Pair it with some simple accessories that pop, like a metallic clutch, small earrings, or a David Yurman necklace if your dress completely covers you from he chest up. This is the perfect opportunity to try out color-blocking too. Valextra and Celine had some beautiful clutches and small handbags that will make everyone swoon.
4. Always wear heels. This could mean a pair of beautiful boots or booties, a traditional pump, or your favorite strapy sandals. Remember, black is neutral so don’t choose neutral shoes unless your accessories are just that wild.
5. Tights and nylons will never go out of style. Don’t leave your house on a cold, winter night without wearing a pair. Where black, white, cream, or statement color or pattern. If you’re going to wear a statement color or pattern, choose your heels and accessories wisely.
6. Keep your outerwear as stylish as your outfit. Wear a beautiful trench or cloak. In other words, don’t hand your car off to the valet wearing a ski coat or other winter outdoor activity coat. Another reminder ladies, Columbia and North Face coats are not color-blocking in any way, nor are they stylish. It gets cold in Minneapolis, so invest in a wool coat for your evening wear.
7. Hair matters with the Little Black Dress. If your dress provides complete coverage from the chest up, wear your hair in an up-do to show off the top of the dress. If you’re wearing strapless, halter, spaghetti strap, or cap sleeve, wear your hair in a down style. Draw attention to the dress.
8. Wear your LBD to work. All you need to do is pair it with a beautiful blazer or cardigan and some neutral heels. Make sure the length of the dress is work appropriate i.e. nothing above the knee.
9. Business lunches and dinners always leave a big question hanging over your head. Follow number eight for lunches and dinners. For dinners, always wear a blazer and you can wear a soft colored heel instead. Your dinner meeting is never over until you’ve all parted ways, so keep it classy when the business turns into pleasure.
10. Be confident! This can’t be emphasized enough. The Little Black Dress celebrates the confidence of women. If you appear uncomfortable with your dress (pulling on it, trying to make it cover more, etc), others will notice including those in your party. Love your body, love what your wearing. Live by that mantra and you’ll be the life of the party.
This guide should help you with the basic rules and tips for the Little Black Dress. To all of the ladies in Minneapolis, remember that winter doesn’t mean you have to look like a snow man. Be sexy and fierce outside and inside. Check out the slideshow for the writer’s picks of the best LBDs of the season. Au revoir!