Goth-Fiendly Takes on the Little Black Dress

Whenever I read blog posts about the ‘little black dress’ I consistently hear references to Holly Golightly’s gorgeous frock in (my favourite film, just fyi) Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But in the words of Peggy Lee is that really all there is? No, fellow black-dress lovers. That is not all there is. Here are three of my more contemporary and Goth-friendly takes on the little black dress that would give even Audrey Hepburn a run for her money.

Image from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


I say, go bold with red velvet! Sometimes when all of your dresses are black to get a suddenly bold look (at least with the people who see your regularly) you have to turn to another colour. Red is both true to your sure-to-be Goth spirit, but also vampy. And we all know vampires are consistently fabulous dressers.

Okay, so you want to be bold but you don’t want to sacrifice your beloved black? How about black PVC. It contains all of the good elements of an automatically (tell that to the mountains of lubricant it can take to force your way into a tight PVC dress) show stopping outfit: reminiscent of vampires,

Last resort: go all out (for example floor length velvet gown). Though with genres such as Lolita and those crafty Steampunkians it’s getting harder and harder to “go-all-out.” Which begs the question, what is all-out? Is it head to toe Channel couture or a hundred percent historically acurate Victorian mourning garb?

You tell me! What is your take on the little black dress? And what do you consider to be “going-all-out” on an outfit these days?

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    8 Comments

    1. I have a bunch of LBDs from little black lace sundresses to little black t-shirt dresses to wrap dresses and shirt dresses. The joy of an lbd is that it's like a blank canvas.

    2. I must admit, I love black dresses, little or otherwise! My favorites are the styles of Morticia Addams and Stevie Nicks, but I've seen so many that I love. Basically anything floaty, velvet, witchy, all are good! And I love color pops, mostly red, pink, purple or silver. I don't think you can ever have "too many" black dresses! 🙂

    3. My favorite lbd is a skin tight faux leather one that fit's like a dream.
      Going all out would mean platforms, fishnet tights everywhere, the leather dress mentioned above, layers and layers of jewellery and faceplaint….. I haven't done that in a while though:(

    4. I'm currently sitting here, thinking: "do I even have a little black dress?" Oh wait, I have two actually. One is sleeveless, faux leather with see-through mesh panels, which is quite lovely and the other one is cute and lacey and long sleeved ^^ Most of my dresses aren't black though XD

    5. I'm mentally perusing my wardrobe, trying to count how many various black frocks I own – quite a few. They range all the way from stretch jersey black sundress to faux-PVC ballgown.

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