A Classic Dilemma – Ask The Bean

September 23, 2006 • Magazine

A Classic Dilemma - Ask The Bean

A Classic Dilemma - Ask The Bean

Sat, 2006-09-23 19:00

Dear Bean,

I’m going to a conservative black tie event and want to look chic and simple. However, I’d rather not wear a little black dress because I don’t want to be boring. Got any ideas?


L. in Chicago

Dear L.,

Every fashionista-existentialist worth her Choos asks herself that age-old eveningwear question: to LBD or not to LBD? And we have Coco Chanel to thank for this dilemma. She is, after all, the designer who popularized the “little black dress.â€? Her stylistic visions (such as having a tan, loading on strings of pearls, and women wearing pants) have become today’s classics. If not for her, it’s likely we’d still be suffering in corsets and swallowing tapeworms. Ok, maybe not, but she was quite a progressive woman for her time.

My advice is this: don’t fight a classic. Just wear an LBD, particularly if the event is conservative. Black is slimming, it makes jewelry pop, and it doesn’t show spills. Black looks good against both dark and pale skin and looks especially good at night. Most important, unlike colors, black can’t be dated. (Remember Miranda’s rant on Cerulean Blue? Remember avocado green?) If you really want chic and simple, then don’t date yourself. Persuaded yet? Maybe these images will help: Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, Julia Roberts in vintage Valentino, Elizabeth Hurley in that gold safety pin Versace creation or a party-going, pre-scandal Kate. Boring? I think not.

Happy Shopping!

Shani Collection Belted Lace Party Dress from Nordstrom.com

BCBG Max Azria Embriodered Tulle Dress from Nordstrom.com

Dress by LoyandFord from p45.com

If you would like to submit a question, please send your email to: askthebean@secondcitystyle.com.
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