Little Black Dresses

A wardrobe can never have too many little black dresses, right?  I mean, if it’s good enough for Coco Chanel, who was amongst the first to popularize the design in the 1920s, then it’s good enough for me.

Being a native New Yorker, my closet is a sea of black.  The stereotype rings true, and I have no shame reaching for some variation of a black dress each day for work, then donning even more black on weekends.  It is a versatile color, wearable to both funerals and charity galas alike (for better or worse).  When in black, I feel as if I can make a statement with the absence of color, choosing to be seen even while wearing a shade that blends in with the shadows.

It essentially comes down to the cut, fabric and overall design of the dress, and what you pair with it.  The H&M dress that I am wearing here may be loose-fitting and made of humble synthetic materials, but its deep V neck and bows at its sleeves add enough detailing to prevent it from looking like a garbage bag.  Paired with suede multi-strap Christian Louboutin heels, dramatic dangling crystal Chanel earrings and a classic Chanel kisslock clutch, this little black dress is fit for an evening at the ballet.

For an additional take on this dress (and my thoughts on date night dressing in general), head over to Katie Cadamatre’s blog, where, with her vast talent, she has drawn an illustration of this outfit.

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All photos by Jennifer Liu.

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