You can't find a more flattering look than a fitted, sleeveless dress. The subtle princess seams make all the difference in this must-have scoop neck dress, working to elongate and highlight the smallest part of you. Effortless and chic, you are sure to nail the first impression with this figure-flattering silhouette. This look flawlessly transitions from work to cocktails. Wear it alone in the warmer months or layered with our Exceed and Succeed Blazer as the seasons change. Our sleeveless black dress is perfect for the corporate boardroom and work office, and transitions perfectly to evening for cocktails and events.
The Story Behind the Little Essential Black Dress
History Behind The Little Black Dress
History states the term “Little Black Dress” was coined in the 1920s by Coco Chanel. It was in the 1940s that the little black dress became the garment you just couldn’t live without, acceptable to wear anytime (remember a black dress prior to the 1920s meant sadness and mourning a loss). The little black dress has changed over the years. Katherine Hepburn’s little black dress had a full-length skirt, nipped waist and she wore gloves that covered most of her arms. In the 90s, Kate Moss was often seen in her version of the little black dress, Jersey material, super short and effortless. With all of these variations available and designers coming up with their own versions of the little black dress why would I design one?
Why a Little Black Dress?
It is true, I can go to any website or store to find a little black dress. Here was my challenge, I wanted a little black dress that wasn’t so little (I know, doesn’t make any sense). Black is a staple in my wardrobe and just about every woman I speak to agrees, black is the color they wear most. Yes, we have our pops of color but when it comes to that really important meeting, just too busy to decide, I have to get on a plane and have a client meeting an hour later, black is my “go-to”. Black makes a statement, hides the flaws (including the small drip of coffee) and is easy. I wanted a little black dress that I could wear to work and would transition to evening and show my assets!
I found a lot of black dresses when I started buying for the store. Each time I would buy one, I would attach an event to the dress. “Perfect for date night” or, “I think our customer would wear this to work”. However, they were never the same dress. I kept thinking, why can’t I find a dress that can do both? I also found these little black dresses were made in all sorts of fabrics. I liked the fabrics, but they weren’t quite right. That’s when I started my inspiration board. I always seemed to end up looking at the amazing dresses worn by Ellen Barkin at the Ocean’s Thirteen premieres. Body-hugging, longer in length (but not too long), and constructed with amazing fabrics. It really looked like these dresses were made just for her. Perfection, in my mind. I took that inspiration and started drawing and my version started to appear.
The Result - The Essential Little Black Dress for Work & Evening
A little black dress that I think meets all my requirements; work appropriate, date night worthy and travels well.
Appropriate for work due to the longer length and scoop neck. Both details give this garment a bit of formality (not to mention elegance). The princess seams and narrower sweep lend to the sexiness (oh so subtle) that I want for date night. This little black dress will accentuate your curves in all the right ways. Lastly, the fabric is luxurious and travels well. Best of all, you have an item that will stand the test of time. This is a classic!
One last thought, the little black dress can be styled so many ways. Don’t limit yourself to just work or date night. You would be surprised how a little black dress can take you to all sorts of occasions. Looking for inspiration? Check out our video below for three ways to style that little black dress.
It All Starts with an Inspiration
I wanted to offer the same classic garments to my customers that I loved for my own wardrobe. When I went searching for these garments to carry in the store, I was surprised to find that there was a hole in the market. Those same classic items that I love were hard to find. When I did find them they were either poor quality or luxury that was overpriced. That’s when I decided to design them myself.
It Takes Time
In this day of instant satisfaction and fast fashion it’s important to remember that producing high quality, well-made garments doesn’t happen overnight. Being able to have a hands-on approach and producing the garments in the US allows me to oversee all aspects of the design and supply chain process. The result: garments that last season to season.
Price is Important
Traditional retail is filled with lots of “middle men”, which inflates the price of the garments we purchase. By avoiding the middleman our premium items can be offered to you at a fraction of the cost. As we have said, luxury designs are attainable.