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We all know the one, that dress you see in the shop window from across the street that gleams in your direction but has a price tag that is more than your entire life’s savings. It is such an iconic item of clothing and has been around in fashion since the 1920’s when fashion guru’s Coco Chanel and Jean Patou started creating short black dresses that had never really been seen before in that era.

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Many famous celebrities have taken the phrase and used it to their advantage when on the red carpet. Jennifer Aniston, Mila Kunis, Megan Fox, Kim Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson have all walked down the red carpet in a stunning black evening or cocktail dress that has gotten media attention. It is a phrase that has been coined for centuries and will be coined for many centuries to come, it is something that cannot really age.

It is a “rule of fashion” now to have at least one in every woman’s wardrobe and was a chosen style due to its versatility, accessibility and affordability. All fashions outlets have at least one little black dress for sale, it is a popular choice among women as black is a slimming colour and will go with just about anything as it is a neutral colour. Most people would not know that in Hollywood movies, black dresses were popular as coloured dresses often turned out to look discoloured or distorted on the film reel.

The little black dress had become famous in most TV, Films and even cartoons. In the early 1920’s Betty Boop was created, an adorable and stunning young woman who famously wore a short black dress. Audrey Hepburn also made the dress famous in her role in the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” where she wore a longer black Givenchy dress. The same dress which was auctioned in 2006 and was bought for an overwhelming £410,000, which was estimated to be 6 times its original price.

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They are extremely easy to come by these days and are wonderfully affordable, coming in all different varieties. Varying in length you can get one that is thigh length, knee length or calf length, or you could have a body con, strapless, flared or ruffled styles. There is always going to be that one little black dress just for you, it’s written in the stars. Finding it however can be a little tricky, you can always shop online for these kind of dress but not being able to try-before-you-buy is a little daunting to most women.

You can use the internet for inspiration and thankfully these days most websites also have retail shops that you can visit, order and try on the dress before putting your hand in your purse. Going to smaller and more ‘one-off’ shops however are the way forward, as you’ll be guaranteed a dress that is unique to you and is hand made with the best of care. Don’t cop out when buying your first ever little black dress, spend a good amount of money and treat it with respect, do this and it will be your best friend for life.