I recently found this really fun book called, 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion by Harriet Worsley. (There’s a whole series by the way..100 ideas that changed graphic design and so forth.) I’ve had so much fun thumbing through it and thought it’d make a great new WS series! First up, No. 33, The Little Black Dress.
The little black dress was once deemed inapropro for a lady. Not because of it’s ultra sexy implications but because black was a color that could hide stains and, thus, was considered a color worn by a woman in the service industry. Fast forward to WWI and the little black dress was seen more frequently on the streets as it was worn by the many women in mourning. And then, in 1926, she came along with a different take on elegance.
While Ms. Chanel had been wowing the world of fashion since 1909, her Ford Dress, which appeared on the cover of that fateful October Vogue in 1926, forever sealed her iconic status. Crazy to think that over 85 years later we still adore our little black dresses!!! The LBD is, in fact, the must-have staple for women of any age. We dress it up, we dress it down, we sex it up and we continue to view it as the ultimate in ‘power attire’ for the office–I feel like she’d be proud. Thanks, Coco.
BB Dakota Penelope Dress | Equipment Blouse | Oatmeal Sleeveless Cardi (similar here and here) | Fallon Black Skull Detail Suedette Ballet (similar) | Nightingale Maxi Box Calf Black | Essie Corals Coral Reef