Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What To Wear To A Job Interview

what to wear to a job interview - black dress
Wondering what to wear to an interview? All you need is a little black dress. Every interview I've ever gone on and gotten offered the job I happen to have been wearing a little black dress. Coincidence maybe, superstition perhaps, but I don't want to test my luck. I know reach for my go to LBD every time I print out my resume. I was recently interviewing for a new position and strongly believe that the interview starts the minute the recruiter fist looks at you. In the first seconds they will have assessed you and 90% made up their mind whether they will hire you or not. You need to look the part, I say this because I myself am guilty of making the same snap judgement when hiring. Unintentional as it may be looking the part and regardless of your industry or level is massively important. There is nothing more suitable to wear to an interview than a little black dress.

Feminine and conservative it's the ideal outfit to wear to on a job interview. Whether your going to an interview in Finance or Fashion you want to wear something respectable but not "too" respectable. Looking frumpy is just as much a sin as going to an interview wearing something"sexy". 

The key to "what to wear to an interview" is being appropriate. Wearing a pant suit can make you look frumpy or even worse austere. Nothing too short, too tight, too flashy or just too OTT. A knee length black dress paired with a blazer over top will easily achieve the  "corporate" look you're striving for without looking too masculine or coming across as inappropriate. Keep the dress length within the rang of 3 inches below to 3 inches above the knee and choose a tailored or structured cut and your are set.

A matched suit can often seem like you are trying too hard to "dress corporate" but a black dress will achieve the same affect more subtlety. Accessories should be kept to a minimum, stud earrings (definitely not hoops or anything that dangles), bracelets and necklaces can be a bit more obvious but use discretion. If your going for an interview where your personal style is important a statement necklace can make the outfit; however if you looking for a job in insurance I would try to avoid the fashion statement jewelry.

Here are my Top 5 Dresses for "what to wear to an interview"
JCrew what to wear to an interview

LK Bennett -Allina Tweed Dress - $425.00

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

From Little-Black-Dresses.com to You - Happy Valentine's Day!
little black dress with a heart back for valentine's day

Wear your love on your sleeve (or your back). This little black dress is the romantic answer to "what to wear on Valentine's Day".

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The History of The "Little Black Dress"

A brief History of the world’s most versatile fashion statement...

Since this is what we're all about - it would only make sense to start at the beginning. The little black dress is “what to wear to an interview”, “what to wear to a wedding”, “what to wear at night”, it’s just “what to wear”.  You can never have too many and one is never enough. So how did the Little Black Dress or LBD become the must-have item for a woman’s closet?
The Black Dress that started it all - Coco Chanel 1926
In 1926 Coco Chanel published a photo of a Little Black Dress in American Vogue. Vogue refered to the the little black dress as "a sort of uniform for all women of taste". Perhaps not the most encouraging affirmation for what would become a staple in every woman's closet for over the next 9 decades, but it was a start - the little black dress was born.
Jean Harlow - 1930's Little Black Dress
Film Star Jean Harlow Wearing a 1930's Little Black Dress

Over the next decade the LBD thrived. With the rise of the Great Depression, the economic practicality and versatility of the little black dress was cemented. The LBD proved an elegant staple during tough economic times. The 1930's also saw the Little Black Dress make it's foray onto the silver screen. With the development of technicolor film costume designers favored the LBD for it's ability to render consistently on camera where other colors would become distorted during the coloring process.

1940's LBD

With the end of the 1930's and the decline of the Great Depression the Little Black Dress saw the rise of  World War II and women entering the workplace in support of the war effort. The Little Black Dress officially became "what to wear to work". With textile rationing during wartime the practicality and elegance of the LBD thrived once more. The LBD became a uniform for civilian women entering the workplace - the little black dress was officially a "working girl".
Dior New Look Black Dress 1952
In the 1950's Christian Dior re-visited a classic silhouette of nipped in waists and flowing skirts - flattering and feminine this classic silhouette has been re-visited numerous times in decades since. The little black dress became a symbol of elegance, but also became a sex symbol. Film sirens, the sex symbols were displayed in black halter dresses. The 1950s saw the practical, flattering and feminine LBD begin to explore it's dangerous side, becoming a favorite of bad girls and sex symbols. 
Elizabeth Taylor Black Dress
Elizabeth Taylor wearing a LBD -1950's

As the little black dress makes her way into the 1960's she found many avenues to express herself. The mod mini skirts became a favorite among the trend setting Twiggy's of the generation. The Little Black Dress found it's youth again in short hemlines and graphic prints.
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Twiggy - in 1960's LBD designs

The most iconic appearance of the Little Black Dress would happen when Audrey Hepburn would appear onscreen in the 1962 film adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's in a Hubert de Givenchy design. The black sheath with the cutout back worn by Audrey Hepburn would mark the most prolific image of the the Little Black Dress to date. The famous dress would come to be auctioned off in 2006 for a price of £410,000.
Audrey Hepburn Breakfast At Tiffany's Black Dress
Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy - 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's

The 1970's saw a decline in the popularity of the LBD it was overshadowed by the orange and browns that a generation would come to say "what was I thinking?". Not to fear women returned to the workplace in droves in the 1980's and the Little Black Dress was breaking the glass ceiling right along with them. This time accented with shoulder pads, taffeta, and ruffles. In an age of decadence and over the top fashion the LBD was ready to indulge.

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Dynasty's Joan Collins in some of the best the 1980's had to offer.

The 90's was a tumultuous time for the LBD. The elegance she became famous for in the earlier part of the century gave way to the grunge trend. She persevered and embraced the baby doll silhouettes and paired herself with the likes of combat boots and Doc Martins. Luckily Grunge was short lived and minimalism came into vogue. The Little Black Dress was back with clean lines thanks to designers like Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Narcisco Rodriguez. Elegant socialites embraced the black dress and it found it's place back at the top of sophistication. The poster girl for this understated sophistication was undoubtedly Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy Little Black DressCarolyn Bessette-Kennedy Little Black Dress

The 2000's saw the little black dress transcend past it's dependence on trends and revisit the silhouettes from  it's history as the staple item in every woman's closet. As it contains to set the trends it remains an elegant classic sure to be a staple for years to come.