LBD - Little Black Dress
A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour. Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the "LBD".
The "little black dress" is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion: for example, worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening. Because it is meant to be a staple of the wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible.
Above is my LBD. It is Ralph Lauren jersey knit and the shoes are BCBG Ariel, which are a favorite. In actually, I have the shoes in several colors. I have worn my LBD to many Palm Beach events and it serves me well. One very similar is pictured in last week's Friend's Friday. I have a Las Vegas trip coming and just took it in to be shortened to serve as my cocktail dress for the trip. It is about 1 1/2 inches above the knee now.
If you do not have a "LBD" it is a worth while investment.