Little Black Dress

With the beginning of the twentieth century, dresses were anything but little. Made of heavy weave, complicated structures and whale bones for support, Madame Chanel and her vision liberated women from these contraptions with the radical notions of simplicity, comfort and freedom.

Audrey Hepburn was the pinnacle of chic in a hit movie set in New York. In her black dress and dark sunglasses she set the stage for the LBD to move to cocktail parties where formerly, its domain was the funeral. And as a cocktail dress, it skimmed the body with a shortened hemline.

For a decade or two, the LBD was ignored in favor of hippie chic but vivacious color, flowing fabrics and longer lengths. It was the eighties that brought black into fashion and it has been the predomination hue for the fashionable since then. Only now, in 2011, bold colors and quirky prints are making a comeback.

Nevertheless, no closet should be without the essential LBD for good reason. If you happen to be a woman who hates shopping, never wear dresses or socialize much, even you need this wardrobe staple. When an event or important occasion comes up, instead of an emergency shopping expedition, you just take out your LBD, shed your jeans and are good to go.

If you plan to purchase a LBD, a few guidelines must be adhered to. It must fit perfectly. It must be of a timeless style. It must make you look both elegant and sexy. If you detest shopping, this is an even better reason to find the perfect one and be done with it. Do not economize here. The right choice will serve you well for years.

This will be the case when reuniting with old flames, lost lovers, former enemies and future prospects. Meeting these people in a sharp, shapely LBD will give you self-assurance. In the right frock you will be able to meet anyone, arrive anywhere with confidence.

For traveling, a LBD is essential. Your trip may be more about outdoor pursuits but eventually you will take in cultural events and visit a fine restaurant. That LBD in your luggage that you hardly notice amongst your hiking cloths will be your secret weapon.

As a woman with an extensive wardrobe, you are probably set with several versions. Good for you. Your only concerns will be that the fit remains perfect, they are clean and fresh and still in style. Very little maintenance is needed for classics.