Have you ever felt completely transformed by a dress? From the moment you put it on, it suddenly makes you feel more confident and ready to take on the day. It’s the dress. Since it first appeared on the cover of Vogue in October 1926, the little black dress (LBD) has never gone out of style and there are few wardrobe staples that are classier, sexier or more versatile.
Long time Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld famously said: “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress,” and they certainly are versatile, but that doesn’t mean that every LBD will work for every occasion.
Some are statement pieces like the Hubert de Givenchy iconic hand-stitched black Italian satin sheath evening gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).
From Hepburn to Elizabeth Hurley in her Versace gown with safety-pin detailing which stole the show at the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere, there are black dresses we’ve never forgotten, and probably never will, but none made as big a splash as an off the shoulder dress worn by Princess Diana.
On a summer’s night in June 1994, Princess Diana slipped on a figure-hugging black cocktail dress by Greek designer Christina Stambolian and headed to a Vanity Fair’s fundraising event at The Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park. It was the same night Prince Charles revealed his affair with Camilla in a widely anticipated TV interview.
Dubbed the “revenge dress” it and Diana won the headlines and gave the world a master class in post-split style.
When it came to choosing my own little black dress from those currently on offer at Wintergarden – just in time for the festive season, I couldn’t go past the Voodoo Mesh Dress ($179.95) from Sheike.
A fit and flare style, this classic 50’s silhouette is extremely flattering as the snug body and short flouncy hemline create the illusion of a little waist and long legs. Make you legs look even longer by pairing your dress with a pair of pumps—you can’t go wrong with classic black, but you could also spice things up with a pop of colour or go for a printed pair of pumps and matching clutch like the ones I’m wearing from Nine West.
If you’re leaning towards a little black dress to see you through the party season, keep these tips in mind:
Let your accessories sparkle
A black dress is the perfect backdrop for a statement necklace, but don’t go over the top. If you choose a statement necklace, keep your other accessories to a minimum (I’m a firm follower of the ‘necklace or earrings, ring or bangle’ way of accessorising).
Classic doesn’t mean boring
If you’re after a little black dress with a side of sass, keep an eye out for pieces featuring embellishments, lace, and cut out panels.
Check out these great little black dresses available in store now at Wintergarden:
Veronika Maine Celestial Georgette Dress, $399
Veronika Maine Metallic Floral Midi Dress, $389
Cue Faille Asymmetric Frill Hem Dress, $245
Cue Belted One Shoulder Pencil Dress, $295
Seed Heritage Peek-a-Boo Dress, $229.95
Seed Textured Mini Dress, $149.95
Oxford Megan Stretch Pinafore, $229
U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.