In honour of Black Friday, we look to an iconic piece that’s synonymous with fashion itself: the little black dress. 

So much has been said about the ubiquitous LBD.  It’s elegant. Timeless. Chic. It’s an essential. The fashion mainstay certainly has an interesting history – from that pivotal moment in 1926 when “Chanel’s Ford” was published in American Vogue right up to AW14, the little black dress has been showcased by history’s most iconic movers and shakers. Among them Coco Chanel herself, Wallis Simpson the Duchess of Windsor, and Audrey Hepburn in what is likely the most famous LBD, designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

With the little black dress so well-represented and covered in the media, there’s very little anyone can bring to the conversation.

But one of the best things about the LBD, which is rarely said, is that it neutralises your overall look and brings the focus back on to you. Look at the pictures below; what do you notice? Alexa Chung’s chic, uncontrived hairstyle and slim legs. Kate Bosworth’s stunning facial features and perfect red lipstick. Jessica Alba’s golden complexion and toned physique. Yes, you notice the dress, but the sheer neutrality of black makes you focus on the woman. And this is precisely what makes it elegant.

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Our top 10 LBDs:

LBDs Editor's Picks

Shop the edit: Black babydoll dress – Miss Selfridge, Black belted skater dress – Quiz, Black sequin bodycon dress – Alice & You, Black dark floral dress – Yumi, Lace knit dress – Yumi, Black ‘Mia’ sweetheart dress – Miss Selfridge, Petite Loradi dress – Coast, Black panelled bandage dress – Miss Selfridge, Black crepe collar dress – Quiz, Rose ponte dress – Uttam Boutique

If you want to bring powerful extra elements to your look, then by all means go for romantic red or ceremonious gold. But the next time you really want to make a personal impact – shun colour, shun frills. Wear black, and be your own best accessory.