A lit­tle black magic

WKND - - Points Of View -

Af­ter read­ing this wknd.’ s cover story ( The Time­less Lit­tle Black Dress, Mar 11), I was se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing fish­ing out and putting on the LBD that has been hang­ing in my wardrobe for years now. It’s such a great wardrobe in­vest­ment, and a shame to ig­nore it. I can re­mem­ber how stun­ning it looked when I first bought it from a high street shop years ago. The dress is a style essen­tial that can take you from of­fice to party, just by adding or re­mov­ing the right ac­ces­sories.

It’s not easy to when you’re grow­ing up — we are al­ways be­ing told what we can, can’t and shouldn’t wear. How­ever, whether you’re 14 or 40, you can be el­e­gant, fash­ion­able and glam­orous, and a lit­tle black dress is the per­fect thing for that. I never knew the his­tory be­hind the LBD, as ex­plained in the ar­ti­cle, so thank you for spell­ing it out. I feel in­spired af­ter read­ing such stylish sto­ries in wknd.. Thanks for the good reads!

Santosh Nag­pal, by email

“A girl should be two things: classy and fab­u­lous”. It’s al­most like Coco Chanel could fore­see the im­por­tant role the lit­tle black dress would have in women’s lives be­cause there’s noth­ing this classy or fab­u­lous ( The Time­less Lit­tle Black Dress, Mar 11).

The ver­sa­til­ity this out­fit of­fers is in­cred­i­ble. With a few ac­ces­sories, this hum­ble gar­ment can dra­mat­i­cally trans­form your ap­pear­ance and it can help you get what­ever look you de­sire. You can be a diva in red stilet­tos and scar­let lip­stick or a school­girl in sneak­ers and pig­tails. Whether you need to show solem­nity at a sad oc­ca­sion or dress to the nines with a bang — colour­ful state­ment neck­laces, any­one? — the LBD is the go- to choice. It’s no won­der it’s a well- es­tab­lished wardrobe sta­ple in the closet of ev­ery woman, right up there with the crisp white shirt and a pair of den­ims.

A cou­ple of LBDS in dif­fer­ent styles is all you need to see you through school runs, cock­tail par­ties and your weekly gro­cery rounds. When in doubt, you can al­ways turn to your trusted LBD. As Karl Lager­field fa­mously said, “One is never over- dressed or un­der­dressed with a lit­tle black dress.”

E Fran­cisco, by email

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