Three words: Little Black Dress. It’s hard not to love the ever-transcendent and timeless LBD and its trustworthiness as a standby for last-minute (or not-so-last-minute) dates, weddings, galas, and nights on the town – it’s perhaps the most versatile and cherished item of clothing in our closets. So how did this particularly simple, raven number become our go-to outfit for, well, everything? We owe a big thanks to four iconic women who understood the stylishness in simplicity – Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, and Princess Diana.
Coco Chanel’s Favorite Silhouette (1926)
Arguably the LBD. Dubbed the “Ford” dress by American Vogue for its simplicity and reliability, Coco Chanel’s crêpe de Chine creation was the perfect solution for many outfit conundrums. Want to pay homage to the late, great fashion icon? This inky Three Dots number has all the right components: long sleeves, a figure-flattering cut, and a streamlined fit – the perfect backdrop for a strand or two of pearls.
Inspired by Audrey Hepburn (1961)
Although many believe that Coco Chanel created Audrey Hepburn’s iconic shift dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it was actually Hubert de Givenchy’s own fashioning. Designers aside, there’s no arguing that every girl dreams about finding a spot for a dress like that in her closet – and this Halston Heritage frock is the perfect modern take on the true classic.
The LBD – á la Jackie O (1961)
The first lady was known for her style and grace, so it’s no wonder that she, too, understood the power of an LBD. Short-sleeved, figure-hugging, and undoubtedly chic, this NUE by Shani sheath is the perfect staple for channeling our inner Jackie O – oversized sunglasses, optional.
How Princess Diana Did Revenge (1994)
Lady Di knew exactly how to get attention on her first post-Charles public outing – her low-cut to-die-for LBD did its job and was labeled her “revenge” dress. We’re keeping this little Rebecca Minkoff silk draped dress front and center for those times when we need some good old revenge ourselves.
Find your own iconic silhouette at our Standout LBDs: For Every Invitation Boutique, opening Wednesday, August 29, at 11AM ET.
By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer
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