For most of 2011, sparkly apparel has been the go-to pick for special occasions in Nashville. Rhinestones and glitter on anything from shoes to entire outfits have been blinding party goers in Music City. But this holiday season, a new ‘black’ is inching its way back into southern fashionistas wardrobes. It looks like the little black dress (LBD) is back in season.
The economy has always been a barometer for fashion. When times are hard and pocketbooks are filled with dust, fashion gets flashy and boosts our moral. Just look at the flapper style during the great depression. It was very controversial at the time. Hemlines inched skyward (above the knee!), and all that fringe was so decadent!
Jobs have been scarce the last couple of years and the LBD started getting a shiny makeover. Celebrities started wearing over-the-top styles that glimmered and fans liked it. All over the country, women have been getting their bling on and this holiday season, it looks like the glam has fizzled.
Prices are soaring and dresses are being dug out the closet and repurposed. Instead of buying clunky sparkly outfits, the LBD is being worn with dignity and class. Worn with minimal jewelry and sky high heels, the new ‘black’ is now…black. Maybe this trend means the economy is improving. We sure hope so!