Fashion After 60: Why the “Little Black Dress” Doesn’t Have to be Black or Little
Almost every woman owns some version of the classic little black dress. While the LBD isn’t quite a uniform, this timeless piece is something most women feel comfortable wearing.
Today, Margaret Manning talks with fashion blogger Patti Gibbons about this wardrobe staple and how it is evolving for the mature woman of today.
Keep reading and don’t forget to watch this positively inspiring video!
Why the Little Black Dress?
Regardless of our age, fashion is supposed to be fun! There are times, however, when you want to focus more on the event you are attending, rather than wonder if what you are wearing looks good or, heaven forbid, when the event will end because your outfit is so uncomfortable.
This is where the LBD plays its part. For many women, a simple black sheath is flattering. It never goes out of style, and it is easily accessorized with our favorite colors.
The little black dress can go from the office to evening wear with ease, which is why this one basic piece of clothing has withstood the test of time.
How Mature Women are Changing this Fashion Icon
As a former psychotherapist, Patti says there are reasons why women choose to wear what they do. They want a wardrobe that is comfortable and accentuates the good points while playing down the weak areas.
In short, we want to feel good about what we are wearing because we know it makes us look our best.
Gravity takes its toll as we age, which means our body shapes change. So, the “little” part of the standard black dress now doesn’t always flatter our more mature figures.
The good news is that women everywhere are trading in their LBD for pantsuits, dress slacks and sheaths, and flowing tunics with slim fitting pants. Think of the beautiful actress Judi Dench and her timeless, elegant tunics.
Choose a style that flatters your figure and makes you feel completely comfortable. You can dress it up or dress it down, depending on what the occasion calls for.
If Black Seems Boring
Black is a flattering color for many women. However, today’s modern woman is sometimes tired of wearing this same color after so many decades.
“I can’t tell anyone else what to wear,” Patti says, “but I can help you find that authenticity within you that you want to share.”
This means that if black isn’t flattering to your hair and skin tone, by all means, choose an alternative color! If you worry that your favorite color is very bold and that it will be too memorable to wear often, consider buying the same outfit in different colors.
Go Ahead and Break those Rules!
Patti’s advice is to go ahead and have fun with your fashion choice! It’s OK to break the rules – just be certain that your choice speaks to who you are while making you feel completely comfortable.
When it comes to the little black dress, you can wear this classic style or be brave and wear whatever style and color flatter you.
When it comes to your wardrobe, be your most authentic self!
What is your go-to wardrobe favorite? Do you still love black? Have you exchanged the traditional LBD for a different style? We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Let’s start a conversation!