Introduced in the 1920s by Coco Chanel and Jean Patou, the LBD achieved fame and widespread popularity after Audrey Hepburn wore a floor-length black sheath designed by Hubert Givenchy in the 1961 film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
When asked about the staying power of the LBD, Decode 1.8 founder Hyun Jung Kim said, “I am a huge fan of the LBD. My wardrobe consists of 80 percent LBDs.”
Head designer Lindsay Dini agrees, with a caveat: “In the past few years, navy has replaced the LBD. But black is safe and will last you forever.”
The Little Black Dress doesn’t necessarily have to be black. The appeal of the LBD is its versatility and the figure-camouflaging effect of the color black. Decode 1.8 offers a wide variety of takes on the LBD. Here are just three of our favorites.
This classic LBD (#184064) is an absolute must-have as the dressy mainstay to any woman’s wardrobe. Constructed of jersey knit and spandex, it offers hours-long comfort for any formal occasion and will be your go-to dress for years to come. The beaded lace overlay lends sparkle while the thigh-high slit provides drama. Note the sassy ruffle on the right which gives this gown an extra dash of bold detail.
Another memorable example of the LBD is this unique take on the genre (#184765). The lace-dusted top features the classic sleeveless boatneck sheath then drops dramatically to a high-low skirt of delicate lace at the knees. Crafted from jersey knit and spandex, both the slimming fabric and the black hue flatter any figure, while the dainty lace hem imparts a memorably feminine touch.
Sometimes the benefits of the LBD can be obtained in other colors: navy, in this case. This statuesque column of lace (#184667) with chiffon cape overlay offers the same slimming effect as black, as well as the same versatility. The deep-V neckline peeks demurely from beneath the sheer cape, and the long, lean lines of the gown create a shapely profile.