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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Take your little black dress to a new, holiday level with these easy to wear jackets and shawl from White House Black Market:
The accessories make the outfit, right? How about the perfect holiday belt, or take your classic black shoes and add festive shoe clips. How much fun is that? Jewelry options always add that touch of glamour, too.
Here are just a few of the variety of holiday accessories offered from White House Black Market:
My Favorite Perfect Little Black Dresses for Women Over 50 (and over 60!)
Flash forward to today, 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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I love the versatility of this midi-length dress from Target. Dress it up or down, depending upon the occasion. Scoop neck and 3/4 length sleeves work for so many different body shapes.
92% rayon and 8% spandex – 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). Talbots.
Sleeveless V-neck pull on classic little black dress in a viscose/nylon blend. Ralph Lauren.
Beautiful sleeveless V-neck dress with beaded skirt, and semi-shear sleeves. 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! Dillards
Check out these related posts to learn more about FASHION, STYLE, & CONFIDENCE in your 50’s & 60’s:
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How to Define Your Personal Style After 50,
Style is About More Than what You Wear,
Casual Styles for Women Over 60
Round neck and pretty bell sleeves bring classic sophistication to this knee-length little black dress. Currently available at Penneys.
A classic look, this flared sweater LBD with matching tie can be dressed up or down for the occasion. Love it! Currently offered at Nordstrom.
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 sophistication of this popover dress from Nordstrom.
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. 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!
Actually, I’m wearing a very comfortable LBD in the photo above! I bought it on Amazon (quickly becoming one of my go-to sources for affordable clothes), and the style is awesome. I prefer 3/4 sleeves, and the boat neck with ‘V’ insert is flattering on so many body shapes.
The mid-length flared skirt style is also a very flattering look. You can see all the details of this comfy little black dress here:
Whatever you decide, this iconic style is going to be with us for a long, long time!