I’ve written a couple of posts about my very best friend Tim Gunn’s Ten Essential Wardrobe Elements. So far I’ve written about the Trendy Indulgent Item and the Day Dress. Today, as I am lounging in my knit shorts, baggy tee shirt and hair-in-a-bun, I am inexplicably drawn to the top item on Tim’s list, the Little Black Dress.
Being a woman of a certain age, I have a history of various LBD’s. Looking back with loving but objective eyes, I see that most of them fell a bit short of the elegant ideal I had in my mind: Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Edith Piaf, Victoria Beckham (just to show I’m Not Dead Yet). With my fuzzy hair and wide smile I have never been able to come off as “cool”, which seems to be the prerequisite for these glamorous ladies in their LBD’s.
|I’ve owned a couple of this era’s little black dresses
Image via littleblackvintagedress.com
|This is denim! From Nordstrom’s|
|Lauren by Ralph Lauren, so chic and simple|
I’d wear these mostly to work, and I’d probably dress them down with cardis, blazers, tights, boots, etc. Special nights out with my husband would also be suitable for these dresses, especially in my dream city, New York. I am learning from my fellow bloggers how to make an LBD more versatile, and I’ll write more about that in the near future. For now, I’ll rest my eyes on this timeless vision: