Hail to the little black dress
by Dr. Vivian Blevins And then
The first time I saw this acronym, my mind went wild. Truthfully, I began to think of bondage, lust and other images I’m too polite to mention.
And then I realized that it was very simple: Little Black Dress. I belong to a club and the theme for the 2013-14 year is “The Little Black Dress.” Another member and I were responsible for the October program, but our specific title was “The Little Black Dress at Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco.”
I’m not a gambler, and although I’ve traveled twice to France and twice to Italy, I never had a desire to take the train, a helicopter, or a bus to Monaco- much less drive even though they do drive on the right side of the road. I’m into history, art museums, and natural scenery.
But like a good soldier, I planned my presentation and learned the history of the gambling industry, requirements for entry into the casino (no shorts or flip flops and a 10 euro admission fee), law enforcement protection, entertainment in addition to gambling, land areas and the conversion rates for dollars to euros.
I finally decided that after I had provided interesting facts about Monaco (the second smallest country in the world), I would teach the 40 ladies in the club to play blackjack, using only the simplest of rules. I had the tables set up and they loved it. I think I might have been a bit of a hit.
But back to the LBD. I’ve had many in my closet through the years and have bought three thus far in 2013 as well as a black suit. Why? The LBD is versatile. I can dress it up or down: a blue jean jacket or a red silk jacket; pearls or Indian turquoise jewelry; scarves of all varieties and belts that cinch or ride low on the hips; boots or sandals or strappy high heels of any color. And what I don’t have but would love to own is at least one vintage LBD.
It’s more, however, than versatility. Black is slenderizing, and I need all the help I can get in that department. Black allows me to attend an event without wearing a girdle with no need to walk around trying to hold my stomach in. Black also cleans up well with a swish of cold water on a cloth napkin for those messy foods that won’t stay on the fork.
At one time black was for mourners and tramps, but now even brides are wearing it. And when you hear the ad that “Brown is the new black,” don’t believe it for a minute.
Two Harlan County women shared info with me about their little black dresses.
Lydia Dykes remembers her first, “I bought my first black dress at Newberry’s in Harlan when I was a senior in 1968. I had never owned a black dress and wasn’t planning on buying one, but when I saw the black straight skirt with the black sheer quarter-length sleeves and black lace around the neckline, I knew I had to have it. I paid less than ten dollars for the dress and went down to Alex’s Department Store and bought a pair of black (very high) heels for five dollars. I remember wearing the dress on a date with my now hubby. Where did we go? We went to Bill’s Restaurant in Evarts and had a coke. I thought and felt like I looked like a million dollars.”
And Jennifer Cassim Farmer reports, “I have several LBDs hanging in my closet, bought for different occasions from weddings to funerals, church gatherings, community functions. They vary in length and for the seasons. I love the fact that each can be dressed up or down, even to my hairstyle. Gotta love those LBDs! Look forward to buying some new ones since I am working on being healthier. LOL”
In conclusion, hail to the little black dress!
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