The Little Black Dress

Back in the day, when I lived my other life, a little black dress in my wardrobe meant I was in possession of a social life. Discos, parties, dinners.

These days, it seems that a little black dress in my wardrobe means something else entirely. Something that can be summed up in one word.


The wearing of my little black dress means that someone I have loved or cared about has passed away.

The current black dress is a simple shift, with a double skinny belt. It’s nothing fancy – just above the knee and with short sleeves and a square neckline. It was purchased from a high street store.

And, truth be told, I’m weary of wearing it.

What’s the one item of clothing in your wardrobe that you dislike wearing?

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Audrey Hepburn image.

9 thoughts on “The Little Black Dress

  1. I don’t any longer have anything in the closet I don’t like, the great of purge of 2018 took care of that – thanks to Marie Kondo. The last celebration of life I attended, the men were all asked to wear Hawaiian shirts & the ladies bright colours as the person we were celebrating had a passion for Hawaiian shirts, many were used as part of the life well lived display.

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  2. It certainly is horrible when something holds sad associations and I can understand why you do not look forward to wearing that particular dress. We were at the funeral of someone Paul used to work with yesterday and he had made his own plans which included people wearing something colourful ‘so long as it was not a clown outfit’! That sums up his sense of humour and personality.

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  3. I tend to cull things when they are no longer wanted so I don’t really have anything in the wardrobe that I don’t like. My wife and I have started to do more forties events which has required another wardrobe for the forties clothing, we haven’t as yet got to the point where we dress forties all the time as some of the forties people do. I seem to spend too much of my time doing things where I get rather grubby so I’d much rather wear modern “rubbish” for my every day jobs which I can throw away. Every woman should have a little black dress and only yesterday my wife and I went shopping to a new forties shop we have just found and managed to buy two beautiful black ball gowns for the events where it’s white tie and tails. I love the forties! On the subject of funerals I like the idea that everyone should wear something bright and make it a celebration of the persons life rather than their death.

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  4. It’s been a while since I’ve had a little black dress that fits! 😐

    The thing I most dislike wearing is a heavy coat. I don’t mind it when I’m traveling somewhere cold, but I prefer not to have to pull it out when we’re home. 🙂

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