Ask a large group of women to name the essential wardrobe staples from their closet and my guess is that the majority would mention a little black dress.
Sure, we might have a favorite pair of shoes or the most comfortable pair of jeans, but there's something so wonderfully classic yet modern about a little black dress that it works for nearly any occasion. Dress it up, dress it down, it doesn't matter. When you've found the one that makes you feel gorgeous, it's the must-have that every woman needs.
But at what age does that start? Can you feel beautiful in a little black dress at 20? At 16? At 8? Of course! There's no age limit, so why not embrace the idea of the "little-little" black dress for parties and play and have it waiting in every young girl's closet?
There's no better place to start than with the experts: the Little-Little Black Dress Shop.
With the belief that "One is never too young or too small to have a llbd in her wardrobe ready for any occasion," Little-Little Black Dress Shop focuses on boutique style and designer apparel for sizes 12m through 8. With everything from those fashionable dresses to adorable cardigans to chic outerwear to trendy jewelry to the cutest gifts, llbd shop knows how to style girls of all ages.
After successfully transitioning the little black dress to a younger crowd, this spring the llbd shop announced the introduction of white and accents of color to their collection... and, as I browsed their expanded selection, choosing favorites was extremely difficult!
Letting llbd shop help decide, when the Llum Toddler and Little Girls Miro White and Black Dress and the Llum Toddler and Little Girls Colorshift Black Dress arrived, I couldn't wait to see whether or not my two fashionistas would approve.
A new, up-and-coming designer, Llum (pronounced "loom") is a US-based company that believes in simplicity, beauty, personality, and individual style... and these dresses are just that!
As I removed the packaging, I was immediately struck with how amazingly soft and luxurious they felt against my skin. Nearly all cotton, both the Miro and the Colorshift dresses are lightweight and comfortable and will be perfect for any and all warm-weather occasions.
After admiring the cute cap sleeves and fabric-covered red button that adorned the panels of black and white on the Miro dress and the hip and modern black and white stripe panels of the Colorshift dress, all that was left to do was show them to the girls.
Little Sister B is a big fan of dresses, sometimes calling them "princess," a shortened version of "princess dress." But Big Sister E, on the other hand? She usually has to be convinced that a dress is just a long shirt in order for her to even try it on... and then complains until she gets to take it off.
So you can imagine my surprise when we tried these on and there were two happy grins...
And those grins didn't stop there!
Even though I ordered Little Sister B's Colorshift Dress a tiny bit too large, it just means that it hangs slightly lower on her legs (i.e. it hits below her knee instead of above it like in the picture). But otherwise the fit is great!
She loves the freedom of the sleeveless design and I appreciate how easy it is to open and close the keyhole button in the back.
As for my non-dress-wearing tomboy?
Big Sister E is CRAZY about the Miro White and Black Dress and has asked to wear it constantly!
The first day that she tried this on, I had to make Big Sister E take it off in order to get ready for her t-ball game... which led to being asked, "But I can put it back on after my game??" over and over again.
Assuming she would have forgotten about it by the time the game was over, I was shocked when she walked in the front door and immediately wanted to put her llbd shop dress back on. I managed to keep her out of it so that she could eat dinner, but then it was on all the way until I had to talk her into taking it off for bed. I draw the line at sleeping in a little-little black dress!
Considering how much both girls loves their dresses and how stylish (yet not too "grown-up") they are, I have no doubt that we will be seeing a lot of llbd shop around our house in the future. For the next wedding, open house, tea party, or just to look good (we're having family portraits taken and these will be perfect!), Little-Little Black Dress Shop has the essential, versatile, elegant, and fun options for every young girl.
The Llum Toddler and Little Girls Miro White and Black Dress retails for $53 but is on sale now for $48 and the Llum Toddler and Little Girls Colorshift Black Dress was $57 but is now $49. For an even better deal on already-great sales like these, enter the coupon code TMC15 to your shopping bag and click submit before proceeding to checkout and you'll take an extra 15% off all of your regular or sale price merchandise!
And, thanks to the generosity of llbd shop, one person will be able to pick their favorite little-little black dress for the stylish girl in their life, because...
One lucky person will win their choice of any item (up to $60) from llbd shop!
To enter to win: Visit llbd shop and tell me which gorgeous option you might choose if you win.
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A big thank you to llbd shop for providing a two Llum dresses for me to review as well as the dress of choice for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.