Black isn’t a color, it’s a statement. The infamous “little black dress” is arguably the most popular and recognized piece of clothing in modern fashion. The LBD’s prehistoric origins trace back to the 1920s expertise of Coco Chanel. Audrey Hepburn famously donned the garment for the legendary designer and changed the status of any old black dress forever; the LBD was from then on considered essential to every woman’s wardrobe.
It was obvious to me that this Fashionista had found her little black dress. As she seemingly cat-walked towards me, I could taste her confidence in the air and her trust in the stupefying effect of the dress. The long-sleeved, sheer LBD gave her room to move and feel the breeze on a warm, newly spring day, but was also lined with a black slip to give a slight hug to her curves. I adored the long sleeves, making the garment chic and casual, all the while re-working the laid-back, hippie vibe of the '70s.
Hint: Go for a little black dress that can be worn with boots, tights and a school-girl backpack on campus, or with ornate jewelry and pumps for an evening on the town. My pick? This lacey little black dress from Free People could do double duty when it comes to dressing up or dressing down.