Little Black Dress: Top 5 Styles

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Little Black Dress: Top 5 Styles
Timeless, slimming, versatile; what's not to love about The Little Black Dress! It's the most essential item in any discerning vintage lover's wardrobe and for good reason - an excellent little black dress can transcend age, trends, and generations. Quite frankly, it'll take you anywhere! Read on to discover our favourite variations on this fashion classic...

The Strapless
It's no surprise that controversy surrounds one of the first styles of little black dress. First worn on film in 1946 by Rita Hayworth in Gilta, the collarbone-bearing, black strapless style was deemed extremely risqué but its magical ability to even out proportions made it a winner. Fast forward to the 21st century and it's still a firm favourite!

The Fit and Flare
Perhaps the most rock 'n' roll of all the little black dress styles, the Fit and Flare has its origins in fifties Rockabilly music. With its low-cut top, cinched-in waist and flared skirt, the ultra-feminine style created the perfect hourglass figure and gave enough space to move so the ladies could twist and shake all night long

The Shift
Nothing says Hollywood glamour like a simple black shift dress. Created by Hubert de Givenchy in the fifties, the style was worn by starlets including Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn, who loved its simple silhouette. Typically hemmed at the knee, the clean and elegant look was a welcome break from the stuffier dress styles of the time. For little black shift dress inspiration, look to the iconic style worn by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The Mini
In the sixties, the shift went across the pond and landed in Swinging London, where Mary Quant chopped a few inches off it and turned it into the mini! From the sleeveless, space-age cuts worn by Mods, to the bell-sleeved styles favoured by bohemians and beatniks, the black mini dress was a sixties staple. With its shorter hem, the style gave women maximum movement and freedom.

The Bodycon
While the little black dress got shorter in the sixties, in the eighties it became tighter. Thanks to designer Azzedine Alaia (also nicknamed "The King of Cling"), who developed the concept of bodycon, a new style of little black dress was born! With its bold form and skin-tight fit, the black bodycon dress epitomised the exuberance of the eighties.