LBD little black dress

Your fashion friend forever: top five tips for the Little Black Dress

The little black dress, affectionately known as the LBD, is thought to have originated in the 1920s from the designs of Coco Chanel.

The LBD is as close to a fashion uniform for women around the world as any garment has ever managed, helped by its many virtues – classic, versatile, long lasting and available to the widest market possible.

Here are our five tips to make your LBD-Day.

1. Search high and low

These days, the little black dress can be found in high-end fashion retailers, boutiques, department stores and websites such as eBay. And keep an eye out for vintage or pre-loved items – they're often considerably cheaper than new but with no compromise on materials, fit or quality.

2. Go forth and multi-buy

The LBD is such a versatile piece of clothing that it pays to have more than one in your wardrobe. But if you're on a budget, buying one little black dress suitable for all occasions is still a great investment.

3. A bit about fit

The fit should be classic and timeless. Simple is often best. Buying one LBD that ticks all these boxes is the best option if budget is an issue.

4. Fabric facts

The key word to consider when buying your LBD is longevity.

Look for a dress made from natural fibres such as cotton, wool, linen or silk.

And if these fabrics are sold as sustainable – for instance, 100% organic cotton – then it's a win-win for you AND the environment.

5. Who cares, wins

LBDs come in a range of fabrics, so you'll need to tailor your care with the specific material in mind.

But, generally speaking, your little black dress should be easy-maintenance, easy to care for and, of course, easy to slip on for any occasion.