Little Black Dress: The Ford Model T in the Fashion Industry

For a long time women were dedicated to corsetry and tight dresses that didn’t let them move properly. It was all about making the women silhouette recognizable, despite it being really uncomfortable. Today, women cannot even imagine the past times when other women could barely bend because of the corset dresses. Today, everything is oriented towards comfort, and women nowadays look both classy, beautiful and they are really comfortable, compared to their women ancestors.

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But, someone had to make a revolution. Someone had to be the women voice that was saying: “We don’t want corsets! We want freedom!”. It was Coco Chanel, the emerging couturier that made a revolution in the women wear industry, and she made the leading designer label of today – Chanel. She was a prominent figure in the 1920s, in the Jazz age and era with flapper girls and intricate clothing. She made a new silhouette; the waist was not emphasized anymore, and the overall dress experience was very laid back. The women loved it, but it was first criticized a lot. It was unconventional, totally fresh and different to what women used to wear before (imagine the today’s women society without a little black dress, it can’t be imagined).1

First of all, at the beginning of the little black dress, it was designed mainly for night outs and special occasions, and the typical flapper girl of the 1920s loved it. (picture 4) Today, it is a lot more versatile and it is possible to wear it anytime, ranging from day to night. What’s more, it constantly inspires ready to wear designers to create more and more little black dress variations with each season moving forward. And the celebrities adore it of course, and that is why we will take a tip or few from them now.


Allison Williams

This is an especially sexy little black dress that exposes more of the cleavage than of the legs, contrary to the previous example. Both examples are seducing enough, and thus perfect for a dinner with your boyfriend. Pair it with some bright stilettos and a matching clutch, because that will make the black stand out more.

Jessica Alba
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Source: Elle

This is an especially sexy little black dress that exposes more of the cleavage than of the legs, contrary to the previous example. Both examples are seducing enough, and thus perfect for a dinner with your boyfriend. Pair it with some bright stilettos and a matching clutch, because that will make the black stand out more.

Diane Kruger

14She is wearing an oh so chic variation of the little black dress. It uncovers the cleavage, but at the same time covers it with the delicate sheer neckline and sleeves. It is slightly emphasized on the waist, and that makes it super feminine. plus not super short.

Victoria Beckham
Source: StyleBistro

Source: StyleBistro

It will probably suit most body types and figures, as well as ages. The interesting part is that it rucks up around the dress which lets your little black dress stand out of the crowd.

Leighton Meester
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Source: HawtCelebs

This is something we would suggest the office ladies to take advantage of, as it is super professional and office appropriate. Wear it with stilettos during spring and ankle boots for fall! For the super 60s look, wear an interesting updo, and you will amp up your femininity.

If you would like to see more celebrity’s little black dress look, please check A Comprehensive Guide to Little Black Dress of All Time.

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