Why The Little Black Dress is So Significant

summer little black dress

Ah yes, the little black dress. The most universally flattering garment that can be worn by women of any shape, size, or complexion. How did this iconic fit come about you ask? Coco Chanel and American Vogue, obviously.

WEARING: Shoe Phix midi dress  (similar) | Barney’s New York block heels (similar) | Mat + Nat pink crossbody bag (currently on sale!)

In 1926, Vogue published an illustration of Chanel’s black dress and referred to it as the “Ford”. They were comparing it to Henry Ford’s Model T, the automobile of choice at the time which was economical, functional and also chic. This dress was truly a sign of the times, as WWI had ended and the great depression was about to begin. There wasn’t as much moola to spend on garments and women were starting to enter the workforce. Previous silhouettes and styles used yards upon yards of fabric and took countless hours to assemble, the sleek LBD was uncomplicated and far less costly. Stylish of course, but it was also practical AF. At this point, the color black was no longer reserved to symbolized mourning and now signified elegance and class. The dress went on to be “become a sort of uniform for all women of taste” as said by Miss Coco Chanel.

black midi dress

So now that I’ve finally put something I’ve learned in fashion school to practical use (lol sad but true), let’s talk the LBD 2018. There are SO many fabrics, necklines, and styles to choose from. My personal favorite has to be the midi dress! I picked up this dress from ShoePhix Boutique on Homer St. (Vancouver) and have been wearing it all summer!

little black dress

The wide ribbed fabric is flattering, soft, and let’s be honest… It’s also great for hiding a little bit of sweat. It has been SO hot these past weeks and I know I’m not the only one sweating balls in these streets! LOL. I love that it can be dressed up on a night out, or it can be worn in the daytime with a jean jacket and sneakers for a more casual vibe. So versatile and simple, which is exactly what Coco had intended it to be.

Photography by Thomas Bullock