Black has always been the go-to color in my wardrobe, particularly during my 25-year banking career. There is something classy, classic, timeless and stylish that has always drawn me in.
So, I thought it would be fun to create a list of my favorite perfect little black dresses for women over 50. There are some adorable little black numbers out there that are perfect for the younger set. However, there are some things, fashion being one, that need to be modified just a bit as we age. At least in my world, they do.
Fashion is such an individual choice, though. We all have our unique style voice. So like any other blogger who is going to talk about fashion, you’re going to see my perspective on the Little Black Dress. While I’m not a fashionista, I do enjoy putting together stylish outfits for women of the midlife persuasion as well as cute and casual styles for all women.
When it comes to the little black dress specifically, my first thought goes to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, shown below. By the way, the feature image on this post is not Ms. Hepburn. I love the tribute to her, though, with the hair, outfit and overall vibe of the photo.
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History of The Little Black Dress
We have to go back to 1920’s to find the origin of this iconic style of dress, to Parisian designer Coco Chanel specifically.
A simple black dress made of crepe de Chine was published by Vogue in 1926. The dress was accessorized with a string of pearls, and was dubbed ‘Chanel’s Ford’. That meant it was an accessible, simple style for all women, not just those with means.
Vogue commented that this dress and style would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste’. Well, they were certainly accurate in that prediction!
Because the dress was first released during the Great Depression, clothing that was affordable was essential. As textiles and fabrics were rationed during the war, the simple black fabric and dress was instilled as the stylish outfit of choice.
After the war, the style and look of the little black dress was further cemented by designer Christian Dior, and the rest is history.
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My Favorite Perfect Little Black Dresses for Women Over 50
Flash forward to today, 2019, and this iconic style is still going strong. If you do a Pinterest search you’ll find gazillions of little black dress styles, from classic to casual, from simple to styled for a night out on the town, and everything in between.
My favorites were sourced from a variety of vendors and have a wide range of price points. I realize that not everyone shops at Target, nor do we all frequent Ralph Lauren creations. So I have a little something for just about every budget for woman in midlife.
One of the aspects I love about black in fashion, and the classic little black dress specifically, is it’s slimming properties. No matter our shape, ladies, we can all look stylish and stunning in black. I don’t look too shabby in the photo above, right? This is just a simple, lined sleeveless dress with a zip back and a slight gather in the center front, and I found it at Target.
Okay, here are my favorite perfect little black dresses for women over 50, a little black dress for a 60 year old, or really at any age.
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Back in the 90’s I had a dress very similar to this one, except it had the big, padded shoulders (remember those?) and was a bit longer. I LOVED that black dress and wore it until the fabric pilled and basically fell apart.
This version is a rayon/poly/spandex blend pullover, machine washable. Love it! Current price $33 from Target.
I love the classic style of this lined sateen sheath dress, with princess seams in the front and back (always makes for a slimming effect). Current price $90 from Talbots.
Sleeveless V-neck pull on classic little black dress in a viscose/nylon blend. Current price $298 from Ralph Lauren.
Unique bell sleeves and boat neckline create the drama with this style, offered in poly/spandex blend. Current price $90 at Macys.
Classic little black dress styling with short sleeves, a split-V neck, hidden back zipper and stretchable poly/rayon/spandex blend. Dress it up for the evening or keep the classic, simple look for business or daytime. Love this look! Current price $89 at Dillards.
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Keep that little black dress relaxed and swing-y with this soft jersey knit/rayon/spandex blend. It has an empire waistline with faux-surplice styling. I can just see it flowing gracefully as you walk. Current price $50 at LL Bean.
The tie waist detail of this little black dress draws attention to the waistline, and the wrap effect provides even more stylish drama. If your waistline is up to the exposure, this is a really cool dress! Current price $138 at Anthropologie.
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I had to include one off the shoulder in the list of my favorite little black dresses for women in midlife! Some of us still have necks, backs and shoulders that are flauntable, so why not? I love the two-tiered flounce, double pockets and the full lining of this 100% polyester dress. Very cool. Current price $118 at Banana Republic.
Very stylish classic little black dress with a modified V-neck, padded shoulders (how 'bout that?), mid-knee length with a back vent and concealed back zipper. Fully lined. Current price $375 at Bloomingdales.
Soft jersey fabric with 3/4 length sleeves and a side ruffle give this sheath dress an updated style, perfect for an evening out.
Did you find the perfect little black dress for your lifestyle and fashion preferences? I've got my eye on a few of them!
Whatever you decide, this iconic style is going to be with us for a long, long time!