Why the Little Black Dress is Everything


1961: Belgian-born actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) in a black cocktail dress designed by French couturier Hubert de Givenchy in a promotional portrait for director Blake Edwards's film, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Alle Kleider aus dem Film "Frühstück bei Tiffany" hat der Modeschöpfer Hubert de Givenchy entworfen. Berühmt wurde vor allem dieses kleine schwarze Cocktailkleid, das Audrey Hepburn alias Holly Golightly in so vielen Szenen trägt. Vor zwei Jahren wurde es für 607.000 Euro bei Christie's versteigert. Seit "Frühstück bei Tiffany" ist das kleine Schwarze salonfähig und steht für Stil und Eleganz.

I often use my millennial daughters as a litmus test of what’s cutting edge or cool but when my oldest daughter said the LBD was overrated I had to interject (cue the record scratching). If you have ever seen my Instagram you know I wear a lot of black. I would dare say “black is the chicest color of them all”.

If you have been following along with the blog, I talk a lot about having a seasonal capsule wardrobe, which essentially is just a limited number of season appropriate outfits that match your fashion style. I have written previous posts about how it helps you to organize your closet and I dare say your  whole life a little better by streamlining and simplifying everything.

Which brings me back to the dress. The LBD is a minimalist’s dream outfit. Here are 3 reasons the LBD is everything:

1.It works for almost every occasion. There is a great post on the web about how a self proclaimed fashionista learned about dressing well from her boyfriend. One of her biggest takeaways was that he was always prepared for an event. Guys always have a great suit ready for any event. They just change accessories (ties, bow tie, or shoes) and they are picture perfect in no time. While we on the other hand are running around looking for the perfect dress for said event. A couple of little black dresses in your closet will always work for anything from Christmas parties to weddings to even funerals. Interchange shoes, jewelry,  capes, blazers (I could go on and on but I think you get it) and your LBD can take you anywhere.

2. You never have to worry about being overdressed or underdressed. There is nothing worse than showing up to a party wishing you had decoded the dress code a little better. Well there are worse things… like famine, genocide, and world health crises but you know what I mean. The LBD is like that people person bestie you have, she fits in everywhere. If you show up and people are glammed up you still look chic in an Audrey Hepburn kind of way and if you show up and people are a little more casual you can easily stash the statement necklace in your clutch and you still look chic in an Audrey Hepburn kind of way. 

3. They’re easy to find. You probably know that I like things to be easy and seamless. During my single mom journey spending a bunch of time scouring racks in a department store looking for the perfect dress was not high on my to-do list. It still isn’t. I like to spend my time on things that bring me joy, and that just doesn’t do it for me. The perfect LBD can be found anywhere. This year I decided I needed to add a couple of new LBD’s to my wardrobe. I haven’t purchased a new one in at least 5 years (maybe longer) Here are two I purchased online for this holiday season.

Ann Taylor Cascading Ruffle Dress



Black House White Market Sheath



The LBD will always be one of my wardrobe essentials. It’s simple, chic and always appropriate.

Here’s a pic of one of my favorites. I’d love to see some pics of you in your favorite LBD this holiday season.

Post them in the comment section below.










Happy Holidays!


Until Next post,

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Tonya Parker is a counselor, author and certified life coach who believes in helping women look and feel their best! Ambassador for O, The Oprah Magazine and author of Single Mom Chic

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