The Origins of the "Little Black Dress”

One of the prime examples of elegance and grace, and a staple in most women’s wardrobe- the little black dress. You don’t have to know much about fashion to know about the little black dress, but why and how did this dress get its famous rep?! 

Fashion historians attribute the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible, and in a neutral color. Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the "LBD.” 

The LDB possesses what so many want to achieve with their style: effortless elegance, and sleek sophistication. If both of these phrases seem like a paradox, it’s because they are, and, like many traditional fashion trends, they rely on tension. The LBD does not give the woman who wears it anything to hide behind—the dress insists that its wearer shine. 

The shade alone—black—holds such significance. It’s the fashion uniform for a reason: you can’t go wrong in black. Not only that, it is severe and seductive, demure and raven, posh and discreet, austere and chic. The LDB is all of those things while also being known for its simplicity. That’s what makes this look so iconic- it’s simple yet difficult. The styling on any LBD is what will make or break the look. For more styling tips read our blog “A Guide to Accessorizing Your Talula Dress” for helpful tips! 

Talulah carries a wide variety of little black dresses with their own unique twist. For example, the Night Changes Mini and the All Night Long Mini are both an ode to the original little black dresses that took over the cover of Vogue and inspired fashion icons of the 1920s.

LBD Dresses

Talulah's Limousine Mini and the Manhattan Mini are both an update on the perfect little black dress with a upgraded sleeve(s) and an embroidered lace detail to make that up close look even more intriguing!


Limousine Mini DressManhattan Mini Dress


You can also turn heads in the Dynaic Mini Dress. The name on this one says it all – this dress is as dynamic and powerful as the woman who wears it, perfect for cocktail events, weddings or any evening soirée. 

Dynamic Mini Dress

Shop these LBDs from Talulah online now and add a classic fashion staple to your wardrobe! Xx 

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