Book Review: The Little Black Dress, Amy Holman Edelman

I picked up a great book last month, which I simply couldn't stop reading until I reached the end (daughter may have watched a lot more Paw Patrol that day than she anticipated). 

The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress, by Amy Holman Edelman quite beautifully tells the story of the little black dress over the last 90 years, since it was first introduced by Coco Chanel in 1926. 

Full of gorgeous images, fashion history and thoughtful theory, this book is a delight to read for Every woman (and any man).  Perhaps the greatest visual impact of the LDB, even fifty years after it's filmic entrance, is Holly Golightly's Givenchy dress, as worn so fabulously by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Truman Capote describes the look (which, along with Hepburn's frame, presumably inspired Givenchy) at the end of Chapter Two:

Now, after a little hiatus, I rediscovered the power of black in my wardrobe last summer, on my post Back to really does make travel (and the ensuing laundry) a lot easier when you're wearing the same colour palette, and black is amazing for highlighting a gorgeous bag, perhaps this little DKNY beauty I treated myself to last year: 

I prefer my black dresses (or outfits; I can occasionally be found in 3/4 length black trousers and a black tunic) to be of the skater/relaxed style, skimming my hips, and generally spinning my inner twirl into oblivion.  For party nights I do have a Great Gatsby-inspired tiered jersey black dress that looks fabulous with pearls, too, and an obligatory sparkly clutch bag.  

See, Amy's book has been delightfully inspirational for this blog post. And in a few weeks I hope to be inspired again, when I attend the Marie Claire @Worklive Event.  I'm planning on wearing my black maxi, and sunnies, obviously (weather, be ware!)

How many little black dresses do you live by? 

Disclaimer: This review is entirely my own, non-paid, voluntary contribution to an amazing book.  If you click on the in-text title or photo link and buy the book from Amazon, then as an Amazon Associate I will receive a few pennies in return, but that's entirely your choice. 

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  1. The books sounds wonderful. I currently own only one LBD, but it makes me feel like a million dollars. I plan to add many more to my wardrobe now that my weight loss has stabilised and I'm building a clothes collection to keep!

  2. There are some gorgeous designs in the book, Natalie, but you can't beat tactile shopping to really find your inspiration, especially after such a weight loss journey... Happy Shopping...only a few weeks until the summer sales begin!

  3. I cant believe it was in 1926 that Coco Chanel introduced the first little black dress! Very interested fact. Great post I couldn't agree more, the little black dress is by far the most vital piece in anyone's wardrobe. I'm yet to find 'the one' but I have many others that make do. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    1. Oh, wow, how much fun will you have shopping for 'The One', Lianne?! I love Monsoon for LBDs...and they'll have sales starting next month!