Is the Little White Dress the new Little Black Dress?
WHITE frocks are threatening to outshine the little black dress this season.
Spring/summer collections of Victoria Beckham, Chloe and Valentino have all featured white minis and the high street has followed, while searches for white dresses are up 47 per cent, according to Lyst.
But black is not far behind, with a 25 per cent spike. So can the angelic LWD seize the crown of old fave the LBD?
Here Acting Fashion Editor Clemmie Fieldsend advocates black and Junior Fashion Writer and Stylist Abby McHale white.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
I’M a trend-a-phobe. I stick to simple wardrobe stables in muted colours, with the odd new accessory if I’m feeling adventurous. The LBD is an essential.
For years women have used the dress as a versatile piece at the core of their closet.
Forget diamonds, the LBD is a girl’s best friend. The signature style was crafted by the Queen of fashion herself, Coco Chanel, back in the 1920s.
When she released the new frock, Vogue christened it Chanel’s Ford and said it would become a dress for women of all tastes – and they were right.
The dress grew and grew in popularity and has been a go-to for many iconic women.
Audrey Hepburn will forever be remembered for her frock in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Liz Hurley catapulted herself into the spot-light with that statement Versace number, and Diana coined “the revenge dress” with her strapless style.
More recently Adele celebrated her 32nd birthday with a stunning selfie showing off her weight loss in a black mini.
Whether you choose to throw on a jacket, dress it down with trainers or just make a statement and let its simplicity do the talking for you, it’s never a bad look – and is always a stylish option you can rely on.
When I was 16, I hit my local Miss Selfridge and bought my first LBD – and I will never forget it. I was going on holiday to Greece and wanted something new, but was drawn to the classic, strapless, pencil shape of the black silhouette hanging on the rail.
Not fussy, not flashy, just right – I fell in love with it instantly and bought it. I wore it on holiday, I wore it to parties, I once wore it to a wedding – I wore it all the time. If I could still squeeze myself into it, I’d wear it now.
Thankfully, still as reliable as ever, the LBD continues to line stores – and I now own 15.
This season I’m wearing trapeze styles, with low-heeled mules or a chunky sandal.
While the Little White Dress is, indeed, having a fashion moment, the timeless, unassuming black version will always be my favourite and will never go out of style.
LITTLE WHITE DRESS
THE LWD may not be as infamous as its monochrome sister, but as far as I’m concerned white is right.
It’s been there for some of the most important fashion moments in history with the most iconic being Marilyn Monroe’s gust-of-wind wardrobe mishap in New York from 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.
Since then Sharon Stone’s villainous character Catherine wore white throughout Nineties cult classic Basic Instinct, and style icon Carrie Bradshaw wore plenty of white frocks in hit TV series Sex And The City.
Now, the LWD is one of the biggest trends of the season, with models Hailey Bieber and Alessandra Ambrosio and TV host Zoe Hardman all sporting the new It dress.
Working in fashion, I love a trend. This season I’m obsessed with voluminous sleeves, tie dye and, of course, little white dresses.
And when I look back at important moments in my life, a mini white dress has always been there for me.
For my sixth form ball I wore a tassel-trimmed LWD, which I bought for around £80 from Lipsy. I still have it and it has been worn on numerous nights out since.
I wore a lace white mini from Topshop to a university ball – and spotted at least four other people in the same dress that night, much to my delight.
And for my graduation dinner, I wore a strappy white number from Missguided.
I felt a million dollars every time. Not only do they look great with a tan during the summer but they give off an ethereal style that makes me feel like a Greek goddess.
And we all know black attracts the heat while white repels it so as well as looking super stylish, the LWD will keep you cool all summer too.
While my tan may fade come autumn, my love for a white dress certainly will not.
Come October a white mini can still make a statement at a special occasion (except for a wedding, of course).
And when winter approaches, you need not put that LWD on ice as you can twinkle like a snowflake in a cute style.
So who says you can’t wear it all year round?
Just make sure you steer clear of the red wine.
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