Yes! Finally! A post about Lethargic Boudoir Demons, otherwise known as college roommates and elderly lovers amirite?!? JK YOU ODDBALLS. Get off the floor and cease your eruptive loling. This is a fashion blog about serious fashion things and today we are discussing Little Black Dresses. U excited?
Ever since Coco Chanel's original iteration of the little black dress debuted in Vogue circa 1926, its subsequently attached acronym has crept into our fashion vocabularies, arguably shepherding this particular item of clothing to holy grail wardrobe staple status along the way. And, well, it's not hard to see why. After all, what is more flattering or functional or classic than a sharply stylish black dress of edited proportions??
Perhaps nothing. That being said, I think there is a common misconception out there amongst womanity that, due to their classically ladylike and conservative origins, LBDs must a) adhere to a simplistic, unembellished silhouette and b) maintain their unwavering, historic aura elegance by way of uninteresting [see: utterly expected] accessories and outerwear.
#NODISRESPECTTOAUDREYHEPBURN, but please feel free to buck expectations and get a little cray with your little black dress. Sure, go ahead and pair it with black pumps and a quilted Chanel bag cuz you are unquestionably the classiest female specimen ever to walk this sacred earth, but how about throwing in some layered chiffon fringe hmmm??
There's no harm in keeping things a little interesting and confusing a few grandmothers along the way. In other words, just because your LBD of choice kind of makes you look like an ostrich doesn't mean it's unworthy of the revered abbreviation in question. Even better? Ditch the coordinated accompaniments altogether and opt for a neon tie-dye clutch, dangly rhinestone earrings, a freaking denim jacket, and some strappy teal sandals adorned with nifty triangular studs (which are probs the best thing to encase my feet since my own mother's amniotic fluid).
In case you hadn't noticed, we are testing my claims as to the supreme functionality of LBDs in real time. I just took you from refined-evening-out-with-a-millefeuille-twist to hey-I'm-a-fashion-blogger-let's-get-rowdy. And I did it with a single black dress. One. Uno. Such is the power of the LBD in our modern age. Yo, Apple, hire me.
To summarize (because this post is a less than pristine expulsion verbiage), the honorable LBD is fully deserving of its top kahuna wardrobe necessity spot, but that doesn't mean we should confuse our respect for this lofty achievement with a tip-toeing regard for its classical roots. Just because Hepburn paired hers with pearls doesn't mean we have to.
Aidan Mattox dress (hemmed), Chanel purse, Marni pumps, Zara clutch, J. Crew earrings, Aquazurra sandals.
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