Monday, November 23, 2009

The Little Black Dress


I sing in praise of  The Little Black dress!
Always certain to impress.
Dress, it up or dress it down;
Wear in the country or in town.
Add a genuine row of pearls
To be the envy of other girls!
Add a scarf with nonchalance
And see who gets a second glance.
Add, at the hem, some fripperies
To draw attention to your knees!
Take care there's a decolletage
Unless your bosom's just too large!
Casually drop a shoulder
 (Not advisable if you're older!)
Cover-up to be surprising
Wear long sleeves (they're tantalising!)
Or cut right back to shoe-string straps;
If you're daring, just one, perhaps.
Make in old-time crepe-de-chine
On your old-time sewing-machine.
Or buy one at a posh boutique,
And look particularly sleek.
A little lace, still black, of course,
Would be a pretty tour de force!
Add, if you have one, a big jet ring!
Enhance the black with that extra bling.
Shoes with really teetering heels,
(Not good for dancing Scottish reels!)
Will make you look your legs look even longer;
You might be able to do the Conga!
But the Conga is, maybe, too Old Hat.
I hadn't really thought of that!
The Conga, my dear, is terribly dated
A Little Black Dress is sophisticated!
Which may explain this sad confession....
I haven't got one in my possession!
The choice of dress really matters here:


Lucy Corrander said...

Definitely wouldn't want to see my knees . . . or shoulders . . . or arms . . . or anything much for that matter.


Winifred said...

That's a great rhyme Brenda.

I always think of Audrey Hepburn when I see a little black dress. It's something I've never possessed a little black dress because I just look like death warmed up in black. Yet it really is the one thing you can wear anywhere and look good.

So you see I still have a good excuse to say "I've got nothing to wear".

Lucy Corrander said...

Winfred - did you know an auction is being prepared for the sale of a substantial number of Audrey Hepburn's clothes and hats?


Winifred said...

Lucy - Thanks for this. Didn't she wear some fantastic clothes in films! Apart from My Fair Lady I remember she wore some gorgeous dresses in War and Peace.

I'll keep an eye out for the auction. Not that I'll be buying anything. I'm not exactly her size nowadays and I daren't buy anything more to keep.

Margaret Gosden said...

I remember how useful was that little black dress! Those are fancy compared to the one I had, which I probably made anyway. Those were the days when finding something to wear in a store was limited in
size options, fabric and style. So, I learned how to make dresses and knit sweaters!

Beth P. said...

Aw.....even those of us with wrinkled parts can cut a swath with the right kind of little black dress!!!

Becky said...

Nice poem. I too think of Audrey Hepburn whenever I think of little black dresses.

Here's my take on black.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I remember when a girl's wardrobe was not a wardrobe without the versatile little black dress - or in fact black anything for desperate moments! Loved this poem!

Scott Law said...

Very pretty indeed. I like this take on the theme! Enjoy your weekend.

Marites said...

black is a favorite color for me:) I like the dresses.

healingmagichands said...

I'm afraid my little black dress is green. But your poem is very fun.

No dress in my "black" -- my model is nude.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

The perfect photohunt!

Rach said...

the one item that should be in every gils wardrobe :-0

Kim said...

Love this! Did you write it?

I'm up to! Would love to have you come on over for a visit.

The Misplaced Midwesterner

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Yes, the little black dress will never go out of fashion, but my waist line has, and I haven't tried to put on my dress for 5 years.

Great writing.