What is the ONE item that every woman should own? A little black dress.
This iconic piece of clothing represents class, strength and sophistication. It can be dressed up, dressed down, and reinvented a million ways, but it will always be recognized as that perfect LBD!
One of the many reasons that we adore the little black dress is because there are a million ways to accessorize it. Pearls, gold, diamonds… even chunky neons! Come into your nearest HRJ location and let us deck out your LBD!
Popularized by Coco Chanel, the LBD was designed to be a stark contrast from the fancy and intricate dresses from before the 20’s!
In the 1920’s the little black dress was perfect for the sophisticated ladies sporting flapper dresses.
The 1930’s brought softer, more feminine cuts to the LBD, even beginning the asymmetrical trend that remains today!
The early 40’s brought the war, and minimalist styles quickly became popular. Despite the hardships, the LBD stayed en vogue and evolved into simple, boxy dresses with square shoulders, mirroring a military jacket.
And then came the late 40’s. Christian Dior took the LBD to a whole new level with his legendary looks. Waspy waists and full skirts brought a new air of luxury to the LBD.
In the 1950’s, femininity abounded! Gone were the full skirts of the prior decade, women flaunted their silhouettes with sleek sheath dresses and tailored bodices!
The history of the little black dress truly culminates with this: The 1960’s LBD sported by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is arguably the most famous scene of the most memorable movie in modern day history.
The 1970’s introduced plunging necklines to the LBD, a gift from the disco era.
Trends from the 80’s until today go all over the map, but you can still trace the trends back to preceding eras. Long, short, plunging, turtleneck, sporty racer-back, revealing or modest, the LBD can convey just about any trend!
At Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers, we celebrate the LBD by accessorizing it to perfection! Whether you opt for pearl or peridot, we can elevate your favorite little black dress to new heights. We salute almost 100 years of the LBD making women look amazing!
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