Fashion Classics: The Black Skirt

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

These timeless words were uttered by fashion icon Coco Chanel. At a time when black was reserved for funerals and mourning, Chanel introduced the world to the simple and sexy concept of the little black dress.

She married design with sophistication resulting in classic, timeless fashion. The brilliance of the little black dress is every woman can find one that flatters her shape and personal style. The same can be said of today’s fashion descendant, the little black skirt.

In 1935, Louis Leplee heard a young lady singing in the streets of Paris. Entranced with her voice, he selected songs for her and dressed her in a simple black skirt, a pullover, and no make up. His wish was for audiences to fall in love with her voice and experience her as he first had. Her appearance was simple and amidst grand applause, the star, the great folk singer of the people, Edith Piaf was born. She retained the garments of simplicity throughout her career being seen time and time again in a classic black skirt or a little black dress.

Choosing a Skirt Style for Any Body

The little black skirt shares the same slimming effect. Black is a minimizing color, regardless of the size of the individual wearing it. As a staple in a wardrobe, it can be elegant and formal or professional, and even casual depending on how a woman chooses to complement it. This timeless piece should be found in every closet. It should be viewed not as the focal point of an outfit, but rather the backdrop for the overall look being modeled. The little black skirt is content to quietly exude the sophistication that pulls the entire look together.

Find Your Look

The key to a perfect black skirt is a classic line. A canvas for virtually any look, the little black skirt is truly a must have. It’s about standing the test of time and moving fluidly through ever changing trends and moods. Peruse some ideas on how to wear this versatile garment.

Office Professional: Top with a blouse and a blazer. Complement with dress shoes.

Scholar: Top with a blouse and sweater. Allow blouse to be untucked over skirt. Complement with tights or knee socks and loafers.

Country Chic: Top with plaid blouse and open vest. Complement with western style boots.

Hipster: Top with layered Tees and an infinity scarf. Complement with thigh high or knee high boots.

Classic: Top with a crew neck sweater and pearls. Complement with flats.

Casual Chic: Top with collared Tank and a low slung belt. Complement with sandals.

Out on the town: Top with a black and glitsy camisole. Complement with high heels.

by Jennifer Tousey

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