The Little Black Dress

Have you ever noticed those women who always look so beautifully adorn in a black dress? Or perhaps noticed yourself in a black dress? Of course, you have. You have probably assumed you could never pull that off. What’s their secret? How did they do it so gracefully? Let us talk about THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS! You will thank me later.

We have all heard of “The Little Black Dress” at some point. Some of us own a few. I refer to mine as “The Modest Black Dress”. I’ll explain why a little later. When I hear the LBD I think of elegance, date night, ladies’ night out, all black everything, Coco Chanel, and Audrey Hepburn. Share with us what comes to your mind in the comment section below.

In its original debut, The Little Black Dress was a black cocktail or evening dress that is usually very short. Which is where the “LITTLE” of the black dress comes from. It means more than just a petite dress. The LBD carries a certain persona. One that makes it a closet staple and fashion classic. Credit for The Little Black Dress is often given to fashion designer Coco Chanel and British model Audrey Hepburn. According to Coco Chanel, the qualities of an ideal wardrobe includes lots of black and white, good shoes, plenty of dresses, polish, simplicity and well-fitting clothes. That sounds like elegance, modesty, and class to me.

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I believe in modesty. That is why I refer to my LBD as the modest black dress. I cannot wear a very short dress and be modest. The LBD and just the color black is an essential in my closet. It’s simple, elegant, affordable, and versatile. You can dress it up or dress it down. Modesty is elegant and timeless. I will wear black for any event except for daytime in the summer. Read why here “Cool Modest Summer”. I did this recently for some photos I had to take. It won’t happen again unless of course I’m getting paid. It’s just too hot in Florida.

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Here’s why you need a LBD:

  • It’s always in season for styling.
  • The color black makes the body look slimmer.
  • EVERYONE looks good in black!
  • It’s an affordable look.
  • The Little Black Dress is versatile.
  • It’s a perfect “go-to” look for ANY occasion.
  • It is TIMELESS!

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Check out these beautiful women in their LBD!

“This dress hugs me in all the right places. It’s very comfy and true to my size.”

“My little black dress means being covered while also being cute. The world says less is more, but modesty is everything. The bible says that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people”, and that is how I feel while wearing my modest black dress.”

“I love my modest black dress because of the boldness.”

“Thanks to Coco Chanel “the little black dress” is synonymous for elegance; well, maybe Audrey Hepburn should take some credit. Either way, I love my little black dress. As a 300 pounds full figured woman, it is difficult to find a dress that doesn’t leave me looking as if I’m wearing an over-sized house dress. You know what I’m talking about- the “big mama dress” also known as a moo moo dress. Add to the fact that I prefer looking modest, makes it even more difficult. This dress is comfortable, stylish, can be accessorized in many ways, ageless, and can be worn anywhere.”

“Dressing modestly can be so stylish and surprisingly marvelous!!!! Black has always been so important in my wardrobe! Worn the right way, black can make you feel like the size (fill in the blank) you used to be. There isn’t much worry for the modest woman with just a few black dresses in the closet! I have an entire drawer and portion of my closet just for these pieces of fashion heaven!!! Though it’s so simple, what isn’t surprising is that us girls can’t do without them!

“A modest black dress is classy and timeless. It’s not a trend, it’s a statement. It’s bold without being loud or flashy. It goes with anything and can be worn anywhere. When you wear it, you are always dressed for the occasion.”

Thank you, ladies, for sharing your thoughts and little black dress with us!

Dare I say, THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS IS FOR EVERY WOMAN!

Cool Modest Summer

Summer is right around the corner! I want to be super excited but I’m not. It is my least favorite season. I burn easily in the sun and I turn super tan. I absolutely don’t like being hot and sweaty.

I live in Florida and in my opinion, it is HOT regularly. Not to mention the weather is unpredictable. You just don’t really know what season or type of weather you’re going to wake up to. Florida’s weather has its own drum beat. So how does a lady dress modestly and stay cool during the summer? Here’s some of the way I keep my summers modest, stylish, and stay cool without looking like I just migrated from northern winter:

I wear sunscreen, drink lots of water (which I do regularly), and exercise. I don’t stop exercising just because it’s hot outside. I choose cooler times of the day to exercise. I normally prefer to walk or run outdoors but the summer I can tolerate the treadmill. You need to go to the gym or outside to get a nice effective workout in. Buy a mat and some weights, and make it happen at home. I avoid being directly in the sun at all cost. I use a sunscreen lotion of at least SPF 30 to protect my skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Stay hydrated!  I can’t stress it enough how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during the summer. Dehydration and heatstroke are real! If you don’t like drinking water I am sorry, but you are missing out on life. Drinking a lot of water helps me maintain a clear and healthier skin. Try infusing your water with your favorite fruit(s) to add natural flavor to it if that will help. One of my favorite combos is strawberries with mint leave or lemon or cucumbers. Infused water is also great for detoxing. I use natural oils and skincare to keep my skin moist without looking greasy. My latest natural skincare beauty products are from shifrabeauty.com. your health and skin will thank you later.

I wear looser fitted and natural fabric clothing. Flowy maxi dresses and skirts are everything during the summer. If I didn’t have anything else to wear I would wear maxi dresses every day. I try to avoid fabrics that will stick to my body if start sweating. I go for the clothes in my closet that is made of breathable fabric. The more natural the fabric the better it is. Cotton is one of the best and most affordable natural fabric. I try not to wear the color black, especially during the day. The color absorbs heat. Even though black will make your body appear slimmer it’s not the best color to wear when it’s hot outside.

I avoid wearing unnecessary accessories. I love making a fashion statement, but a lot of times less is more. The less you carry around the easier it’ll be to stay cool. I have fun with patterns, stripes, and graphic t-shirts. Instead of carrying around my huge day to day handbag I opt out for some of my smaller purses and cross body bags. I don’t know about you but prefer larger handbags because I can carry my entire life in them. However, during the summer I just can’t. It’s too hot for all the extra weight. Now that I have a child I haven’t quite figured out yet how to carry around less. This summer should be interesting.

I wear summer hats. I like wearing summer hats, not just because they’re fashionable but they help protect my face from the sun’s heat. It’s also an enjoyable way to accessorize without doing too much. I like wearing the different type of hats. My choice of hat style depends on what I’m wearing. I like wearing Fedora style hats with maxi dresses and for summer evening outings. I think they’re super chic for summer. For a sporty or casual summer look, I like wearing baseball style hats or a dad cap. When I want to feel and look more feminine or rock a bohemian look I go for a large floppy hat. Chosenvesselsapparel.com has some nice ladies statement dad caps! I have a few and I love them.

I style my hair with summer-friendly hairstyles. I don’t like hair all over my face so when it’s hot outside I especially don’t want hair in my face. I prefer to style my hair in updos or pulled back away from my face. I don’t want any hair sticking to my sweating neck or be the reason why I’m hot and sweating. It’s not a good feeling! I use headbands or head wraps to keep my hair pulled back. It’s another way to accessorize or make a statement without doing too much. I also like hairstyles that allow my scalp to breathe, like box braids or cornrow braids.

I wear cover-ups. To the average person living in Florida wearing cover-ups might sound senseless. Sleeves are okay during the summer. If I need to be out in about during the day I prefer to wear shorter sleeves if it’s modest. They’re better than wearing tank tops and no sleeves. Tank tops are a means to expose skin, they don’t help keep you cool or protected from the sun’s heat. Instead of wearing heavy thick jackets and blazers I wear lightweight coverups and super thin denim. The key is to choose breathable fabrics versus wearing close to nothing.

When all else fail I wear white! It’s an easy effortless chic look and soft look. White doesn’t absorb heat like darker colors and black does. I love neutral colors overall but they’re seriously perfect for summer. If you must wear colors try wearing light colors like pastel hues.

Last but not at all the least important. I wear the right kind of shoes. There is such a thing. Summer is one of the best times to bring out your open-toe wedges, flats, sandals, and sneakers. I like wearing shoes that are comfortable and leave room for my feet to breathe. The summer’s heat will make it worse if you’re wearing shoes that uncomfortable. If you live in Florida like I do then you understand shy boots are a no for me during the summer. Comfort and breathable is key!

How do you stay cool and modest during the summer?

DRESSING YOUR BODY TYPE

I often get “compliments” from other women that believe I look good in anything or women that believe I can wear just about anything. I always laugh. The truth is I don’t look good in everything. I wear what I know is flattering to my figure and body type. Where you shop is not as important as knowing what to buy for your specific body type. I don’t dress based on what is trending in the season. I’m a lover of personal style of fashion. I don’t worry about trends or style of clothing being modest right from the store; most clothing can be modified to be worn modestly. Ladies, it’s important to know your body type and styles that flatter your figure. Just because something is trending doesn’t mean you should rock it. Trends come and go. Your personal style is an expression of you. Don’t simply wear what’s trending, in-season or what others are wearing. Dress to flatter the shape of your figure.

 

Body Types

 

The following are the four most common female body shapes/types:

·        Apple (downward triangle, Athletic)

·        Banana (rectangular, straight)

·        Pear, Spoon, or Bell (Upward triangle)

·        Hourglass Shape

 Body Shapes

 

 

1.  Straight Body Type (Banana Shape)

a.  Your hips and bust are balanced

b.  Your waist is not very defined

c.   You probably have a bottom that is more flat than round

d.  You tend to gain weight in your torso first and then your upper thighs and arms

e.  Your lower legs are always shapely and one of your best assets

Wear tops with belted waists, off the shoulder, boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks, structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves, embellishments around the bust and shoulders, and tops that are full, rushed or flowing around the bust. Find bottoms that add curves to your lower half while creating an hourglass effect. Go for full, tiered (layered) or bubble skirts; mid to low-rise waists with wide waistbands.

 

2.  Pear Body Type (Triangle Shape)

a.  Your hips are larger than your bust

b.  You have a nicely defined waist

c.   You have slim arms and shoulders

d.  You first gain weight on your bottom

e.  Your waist is one of your best assets

Enhance and add volume to your upper body while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower body. Create a balanced, which can help you achieve an hourglass appearance. Find tops that will help balance your lower half; tops with fitted waists, with embellishments around the bust and shoulders, bold patterns and bright colors. Draw as little attention to your bottom as possible. Go for A-line skirts, and simple stitching and dark colors. Avoid heavy details that emphasize your bottom area, such as dresses and skirts that hug the widest part of your hips.

 

3.  Hourglass Body Type

a.  Your hips are larger than your bust

b.  You have a nicely defined waist

c.   You have proportionately slim arms and shoulders and neck

d.  You first gain weight on your bottom then upper body

e.  Your waist is one of your best assets

Proportionately dress the top and bottom of your body while accentuating your waist. Wide belts over shirts and dresses are a wonderful way to show off your waist. Look for tops that will emphasize your waist and balance your figure; fitted waist tops, wrap-style tops, tops with belts, and custom-made shirts and jackets. Paired with the appropriate tops, you can wear just about any type of bottom piece; high waist-skirts are great for hourglass body type.

 

4.  Inverted Triangle Body Type (Apple Shape or Athletic)

a.  You have a larger upper body

b.  You have broad shoulders, and full bust and a wide back

c.   Your hips are slim

d.  Your waist is subtle and you tend to gain weight in your belly and upper body

e.  Your beautiful, shapely legs are one of your best assets

Balance your broader shoulders, chest, and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. Choose clothes that add curves to your hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist. Look for tops that will help balance your bust and hips, also emphasize your waist. Choose bottoms that will help enhance your lower body.

 

5.  Oval Body Type

a.  You have a large bust, narrow hip, and a full midsection

b.  You tend to gain weight in your stomach and upper body

c.   Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your figure

d.  Your buttocks are somewhat flat and your legs are slender

e.  Your shapely, graceful legs are one of your best assets

Keep the attention away from your midsection and create a more defined waist. Choose clothing that adds curves and fullness to your lower body and tops that taper to a waist. Wear tops with flare at the hips, vertical details, and tops with belts. Looks for bottoms with minimal emphasis on your lower half; full, tiered, flared or bubble skirts and mid-rise waist skirts with wide waistbands.

You can teach others a lot about yourself based on your style of dressing. It’s a way to say who you are without having to speak. It is more than just dressing well and making a statement. How you feel when you get dress is important. You can keep it simple or be bold. Whichever bold extreme or happy medium you choose, the result should be to look your best, please God, and feel great about it. I did not always dress modestly or wear flattering attire. My dad used to always tell me, the way you dress reflects the state of your heart. Why do you wear what you wear? What is your motive? How do you expect others to respond to you? If you are simple dressing to impress others, gets likes or compliments, you will most likely fail to dress for flatter your body type. Do what is best for your figure not what you think others will like. Remember to feel as great as you look. Make your goal to dress well for your figure and body type. Confidence is beautiful and never out of style; it’s suitable for all body shapes and types.