In fashion, I adore the color black. I have fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes, so black clothing is a sharp contrast to my coloring. Not to mention, black clothes tend to look hip, vogue and regal!  Here is a photograph of me modeling a little black dress:

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Perhaps more than any other piece of clothing, the little black dress is the “must have” garment for every woman’s closet! Originally, the little black dress referred to an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and worn quite short. And of course, the dress must be black. All black…every inch! To me, this is still the standard of the little black dress. Short but elegant!

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: Fashion historians note the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou, intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable and accessible to the widest market possible.

A stylish, hot dress with a cool, elegant look!

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A great feature of the little black dress is that your look can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. Are you going somewhere casual? Perhaps wear black ballerina flats and minimal jewelry. Are you going to a formal affair? Wear black high-heeled pumps or platform stilettos. For the  jewelry, either lots of gold or lots of silver, whatever your preference. To really add luscious glamour to your little black dress, adorn yourself in diamonds and/or pearls. Rubies anyone?

Glam up or glam down, but if you wear the little black dress, you’re ready to go anywhere on the town!

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: The little black dress is such a staple of fashion that it is often referred to as the “LBD”.

Let’s see. Golly gee! I want the perfect LBD for me!


Little Black Dress Popular Culture Fun Facts:

  1. The Hollies 1972 single hit song “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” was written for the album Distant Light about a woman who mesmerized the lead singer in a black dress.
  2. Gavin Friday performed a song titled “Little Black Dress” for his 1996 album Shag Tobacco. The song was written by Maurice Seezer.
  3. The 2006 song “Little Black Dress” is the opening song of Donnie Iris’s album, Elwood City. It was written by Mark Avsec.
  4. “Tiffany Blews” is the 10th track on Fall Out Boy’s 4th studio album, Folie a Deux. The chorus mentions a little black dress, a symbol for classiness.
  5. “Little Black Dress” is a song by One Direction included in their third album entitled Midnight Memories.

The moral? People like to sing about the little black dress as much as they like to look at and/or wear the little black dress.

The little black dress: fashion power!

I must confess: nothing matches up to the little black dress!



Prior to the 1920s, the color black in clothing was often reserved for periods of mourning and it was considered indecent when the color was worn for other occasions. In 1926, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. Vogue predicted that the little black dress would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”

Taste the classy elegance of the little black dress: just a cut above all the rest!


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Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was known to own several little black dresses and said much in praise of the garments. One of her most notable quotes is: “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.”

Yes, the little black dress definitely has a place of its own in fashion!


Put my fashion sense to the test! Step out in a little black dress! You’ll look simply the best!

What was once considered the cocktail dress has busted its way to the top of all women’s fashion. Why wait until you’re going out for cocktails to dress your way to high glamour? The little black dress looks just as alluring when you’re drinking soda or water!

Class, style, elegance, grace! The little black dress wins the fashion race!

“Who’s the gorgeous miss in the little black dress?”

“Oh, would you like to meet her? Are you impressed?”

“I just want to ask her where she got her fabulous dress.”

Ah, such exquisite taste!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846?fref=ts


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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