Oh we do love to tackle the hottest of hot topics around here.
Wardrobe topics, that is.
Now, there is no denying the timeless power of the LBD – the Little Black Dress.
It started with Chanel in 1926 and US Vogue calling that particular dress “a sort of uniform for all women of taste”.
That “sort of uniform” is one that women continue to embrace. The appeal is the LBD’s elegant simplicity.
As soon as you put it on, you immediately feel dressed UP.
A LBD can take you to work. It can take you to lunch, to drinks or a casual catch-up with friends.
It can be reinvented every time you wear it just by changing up the shoes you wear or the accessories you add.
But what about the LWD – the Little White Dress?
The LDBs vs LWDs question is one that I’ve been asking myself a lot of late.
The Little White Dress was EVERYWHERE in Europe this past summer (did that amazing holiday actually happen? The photo magnets on the fridge tell me it did so it must be so).
Every shop window I walked past, every shop I went into, on women walking the streets … if the LWD wasn’t already on my wardrobe radar, it was firmly imprinted as a “thing” and I carried that thought through to our own spring/summer.
I’m not one who gets scared about wearing white.
Even though I’m like a magnet for stray food and beverage substances – I have superior laundry and stain-removing skills.
I shouldn’t boast but I do because it’s a skill that enables me to embrace the yang to my LBD yin.
See, if you line up a LBD and a LWD in summer and make me choose, I just can’t.
The fancy, sleek LBD vs the fresh, crisp LWD?
Both are dress-up and dress-down-able. Both make a statement in their simplicity. Both are blank canvases for adding accessories to show your wardrobe personality.
Give me both.
The LBD above came with me to Europe and proved to be the perfect travel companion. Hello, fuss-free, no-iron style.
There’s a clever something, something in the design too. Under the arms, is “extra” fabric that hides this area by draping over it.
I love that you can wear it with the V at the front or the back for two completely different looks.
You can also change the look of the dress by simply leaving off the belt or tying it in a different place.
Oh and bra lovers unite! You can wear your regular bra with this.
The LWD above is a new fave. Expect to see me wearing it a lot when my new one arrives in the post, bought for me by my mate Smaggle.
Yes. Melbourne. Australian home of the LBD.
I would rest my LWD case there but I do need to also tell you that the shift style is supremely flattering.
It has fabulous shape and is lined so no extra under-garments are required to retain one’s dignity.
Love the feature back too. It comes down low but not so low that you can’t wear a normal bra.
Shop both the LBD and LWD in the Summer 2015 Styling You Shop.
So tell me … LBDs vs LWDs? Where do you stand on this hot wardrobe topic?
Styling You Shop gift with purchase
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