On the face of it, that question must seem like the one about who is buried in Grant's tomb.
I mean, of course, a little black dress should be black, right? And everyone should have one. It's a universal way to add style to your wardrobe.
The little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. ... it is a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. - Wikipedia
The Little Black Dress
Many women are used to hearing that every wardrobe should have one. It's considered a staple of any stylish wardrobe.
But the truth is that not every woman looks good in black.
Many women do not look good in it at all! So your "black" dress may need to be another color altogether.
Wearing Your Little Black Dress Anyway
But can I get away with it? You might be wondering. Maybe.
It might not look ghastly on you. But neither will it set you aglow the way your colors do. So you'd be settling for less than the best.
But sometimes, that might be appropriate. For example, if you sing in the church choir and the choir robes are black. Or, your best friend chose black for the bridesmaid dresses.
When you can choose, however, and you want to look knock-em-dead gorgeous, choose your best version of black, even if it has to be another color.
How to Find the Best Color for Your Little Black Dress
Once again, the eyes have it. In his book, Color Your Style, David Zyla, Emmy-award-winning stylist and author, suggests that you can find your version of black, by looking at your eyes. This time, it's the ring around your iris that will reveal your best formal neutral color.
My suggestion would be to take a picture of your eye.
My own pictures weren't quite clear enough to identify for sure what the color was around my iris, but what you'll see below is the closest I could get to it. It looks almost black but if you look closely, it actually gets close to espresso or raisin brown.
This color is fairly close to the raisin color David gave me. So this raisin-like color would be my best formal neutral, or best choice for a little black dress.
Another way to go about finding your best "black," if you have a personalized color palette, would be to experiment with those colors to find the one that looks most elegant on you.
Do you have a little black dress? And if so, what color is it?
See you tomorrow!
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