The Little Black Dress


Andrea 12There is something about a dress. How no other piece of clothing can carry such fantasy and femininity:  The party dress, little black dress, the wedding dress... "One is not born a woman, one becomes one, and nothing helps you become a woman more than a dress" Simone de Beauvoir. A dress makes a statement, not only about who you are, but who you want to be. Here is my rendition of "the little black dress." I found this little number at Forever 21, not every dress you  buy has to hurt your wallet. Its loose fitting drape look makes me feel... incredibly sexy. The deep V in the front and back are what make this dress a dream. The sheerness of the dress made it difficult to wear any type of panty or bra. So a nude thong and no bra was called for.

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"Vulgarity is a very important ingredient in life. I am a great believer in vulgarity - if it's got vitality. A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste - it's hearty, it's physical... No taste is what I am against" Diana Vreeland.

The history of the dress and its impact on fashion throughout the ages has been bold and dramatic. From Coco Chanel when she first established herself as a couturier in 1919 and became even more prominent through the decade. She introduced  a high-necked, long-sleeved black frock, which Vogue hailed as a wardrobe staple "The Little Black Dress."

"Fashion is all at once both caterpillar and butterfly... There must be dresses that crawl and dresses that fly." Coco Chanel

Want to learn more? A must read is Fabulous Frocks by Sarah Gristwood & Jane Eastoe.