So what’s the deal with the little black dress, or LBD as it is most often referred to?  Since it was introduced by Coco Chanel back in 1926, and raised to fashion iconic status by Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s, it has become synonymous with timeless fashion.  The idea behind it is that by changing accessories, you can wear it for different occasions, which also makes it economical. Simple, dressed up or down, it is always stylish and elegant.  It transcends social status since it’s always a little black dress, whether it costs £50 or £1,000.  While it is supposed to be timeless, it comes in almost endless variations so it’s a matter of finding one that suits your taste and budget.

From left: Hobbs skating dress, £89.25, from John Lewis, Coleena jersey dress, £95, from Coast, Lace sleeved dress, £70, from Oasis.

From left: Azzedine Alaia thickly ribbed dress, £1,920, from Browns, Priestley’s Vintage Audrey little black dress, £295, from Coggles, Little black silk georgette dress, £129, from Jigsaw.