The History of The Little Black Dress

The History Of The Little Black Dress | LBD | Street style | Casual style | affordable fashion | Five Foot and Fabulous

The little black dress, a white t-shirt, blue jeans: what do they all have in common? They’re wardrobe classics. Not a lot of things actually qualify as a classic because they have to constantly be in style for a very long period of time.

But where did the little black dress originate? What made it different from any other dress at the time? It all started with one woman who I think you’ll recognize: Coco Chanel.

In 1926, Chanel came out with a simple black sheath dress. The style was accessible for all women regardless of their social class, so it gained popularity pretty quickly. The LBD was also a huge factor in normalizing black in casual wear instead of just for mourning periods. Basically you have Coco Chanel to thank for all the black items you wear on a daily basis!

The little black dress continued throughout the rest of the 20th century. It was more modest between the Great Depression and World War II, but it became a symbol of the dangerous woman when the 50’s came around. Sophistication, style, and glamour followed in the years after. (source)

Now, the little black dress is worn for a number of different occasions. From work, to a casual day in town, to a special occasion, an LBD is always a great choice!

For today’s look, I decided to style an LBD the best way I know how: with a denim jacket and trainers! This is one of my favorite ways to style one because it keeps the look cute, casual, and comfy!

The History Of The Little Black Dress | LBD | Street style | Casual style | affordable fashion | Five Foot and Fabulous

The History Of The Little Black Dress | LBD | Street style | Casual style | affordable fashion | Five Foot and Fabulous

The History Of The Little Black Dress | LBD | Street style | Casual style | affordable fashion | Five Foot and Fabulous

The History Of The Little Black Dress | LBD | Street style | Casual style | affordable fashion | Five Foot and Fabulous

The History Of The Little Black Dress | LBD | Street style | Casual style | affordable fashion | Five Foot and Fabulous

Dress Mossimo // Jacket Zara // Shoes Steve Madden

Pendant Camden Market // Choker LC Lauren Conrad // Pin Central23

What’s your favorite way to style a little black dress? Let me know in the comments!

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36 Replies to “The History of The Little Black Dress”

  1. I love how you paired it with a denim jacket! You really can’t have too many LBDs!

    1. Thanks Adriana! I agree!

  2. So cute! Loving how you styled it with the jean jacket!

  3. I’ve never been able to style a dress with sneakers, but I think the denim jacket may have been the missing link!

    1. Sometimes all you need is that little detail!

  4. Annaliese Lemieux-Kaplan says: Reply

    I had no idea the history behind this classic item!! Love that you shared that!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. Thanks Annaliese! I love the history behind it!

  5. You’re adorable – love a great LBD! Especially when it’s styled casually. My fav casual/dressy look is a LBD and jean jacket like this!

    1. Thank you Summer!

  6. I love that LBD and it looks amazing on you! Great job at styling it too!

  7. Everyone needs a LBD – or two – in their closet! And I love the denim jacket paired with it.

    1. Totally agree! Thanks Monica!

  8. I just love a good LBD. Such a closet staple.

  9. I love a good LBD. So many ways you can style one. Your look is one I could see myself rocking!

    1. They are so versatile! Thanks for reading!

  10. I love how versatile a great LBD can be! I love to dress it up with accessories or dress it down with a jean jacket.

  11. An LBD is an essential! I lovelovelove how you styled it with that jean jacket too!

  12. I didn’t know the history behind it — so neat.
    Loving your sneakers!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  13. OK I LOVE knowing the history of the LBD! I have this LBD I bought from Gap for $15 this summer and it is such a staple! Thanks for the insight, Anna!

    1. Thanks for reading, Christina!

  14. Your black dress looks so fab. You looks so beautiful when you wear it. So chic.

    1. Thank you Sydney!

  15. Michelle Paige says: Reply

    This is one of my favorite ways to wear an LBD!!! Super cute!

    1. Thanks Michelle!

  16. I always love glasses that have this look where you cannot see the person’s eyes! SO sleek. Looks stunning on you xx

    1. Thank you Kait!!

  17. I need a new little black dress. A more causal one. I loved how you styled yours!

    1. Thank you Melissa!

  18. You look so cute and I’m loving those sneakers!

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