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The Classic Trend of the Little Black Dress

By Sandra Roussy August 01, 2022 Makeup and Fashion

Almost every woman owns some version of the classic little black dress. The trend was introduced by Coco Chanel decades ago and made iconic by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961. Before this, black was only worn for mourning and not a color typically found in women’s wardrobes.

The little black dress has come a long way but is still a classic piece that is not going away any time soon.

Here is our list of top LBD picks:

  1. Metallic-Trim Capelet Sheath Dress at Macy’s – Designed with a sheer cape to cover your arms.
  2. Flutter Sleeve Faux Wrap Midi Dress at Nordstrom – Flattering for every body shape.
  3. Lightweight Stretch Drawstring Dress at Talbots – Easily dressed up or down.
  4. Ruched Waist Dress from Bloomingdale’s – Ready for breakfast at Tiffany’s.
  5. LBD/jacket combo from Draper’s & Damon’s  – You’ll be ready for every occasion with this combo.
  6. Fit and Flare Sleeveless Dress from Pennington’s – Perfect touch of lace. 
  7. Crew Neck Long Sleeve Ponte Dress at Dillard’s – Comfortable Ponte fabric hugs your curves.
  8. Plus Size Suite 7 Twist Flounce-Hem Midi Dress at KOHL’S – Flirty and flattering dress. 
  9. Crewneck Ombre Midi Dress With Belt at DKNY – Gorgeous dress with a touch of pink.
  10. Short Sheath Crepe Cocktail Dress With Beaded Illusion Neckline & Bell Sleeves at Alex Evenings – The perfect formal LBD.

I have my favorite little black dress that I have had for several years now. I have brought it to my dressmaker a few times to alter the look a little, but to this day it’s still my favorite little black dress.

Here I am wearing it very minimally accessorized, but I have occasionally worn it with stiletto shoes and large necklaces. It always looks good!

The little black dress, or LBD, is something that many women turn to when they want to look elegant and also want to be comfortable. The little black dress can go from office to evening wear with ease, which is why this one basic piece of clothing has withstood the test of time.

Accessorizing Your LBD for Every Season

It’s astonishing how many looks we can get out of a simple black dress! This foundational piece can be dressed up or dressed down for any occasion. It’s important to find a dress that is comfortable and meets your individual needs whether it’s long or short, straight or flowy, sexy or conservative.

A sleeveless black dress can be worn in any season by adding jackets, shawls, or wraps during cooler weather. It’s also important to note that a black shirt/skirt combo or a black pant suit can achieve the same stunning look and versatility that a dress can. What matters is that you feel comfortable and confident in your ensemble.

Think LBD Outside the Box

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.

Fashion blogger Patti Gibbons says, “I can’t tell anyone else what to wear, 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.

Little Black Dresses

Let’s take a look at a few places where you can find great little black dresses for older women.


Macy's little black dress

This sheath dress with metallic trim is a great LBD if you have great legs but want to cover up your arms.


This flutter sleeve faux wrap midi dress from Nordstrom looks flattering on all body shapes.


This beautiful lightweight stretch drawstring dress from Talbots is versatile and easily dressed up or down.


This flattering ruched waist dress from Bloomingdale’s has all the Audrey Hepburn inspiration we need. Add some pearls and you’ve got the perfect Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.

Draper’s & Damon’s

Draper's and Damon's little black dress

This flowy georgette LBD/jacket combo from Draper’s & Damon’s is perfect for all those special occasions.


Plus size Fit and Flare Sleeveless Dress from Pennington’s has the perfect added lace detail.


This crew neck long sleeve dress made with comfortable Ponte fabric can be found at Dillard’s.


This plus-size Suite 7 twist flounce-hem midi dress at KOHL’S is flirty and flattering. Hugs your beautiful curves in all the right places.


This gorgeous crewneck ombre midi dress with belt from DKNY has the perfect touch of color. 

Alex Evenings

This short sheath crepe cocktail dress with a beaded illusion neckline and bell sleeves from Alex Evenings is perfect for formal events.

Do you own a little black dress? Where did you purchase it? Do you wear it often? Do you think that you will purchase a little black dress if you don’t already have one in your wardrobe? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website: www.sandraroussy.com

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