Why is the Little Black Dress such a perennial?
It’s a classic, and it’s flattering on everyone. It’s also an incredible cultural phenomenon. Think about all the images we have in our minds of stylish women in a little black dress: Coco Chanel (who popularized the LBD), Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, anyone in anything by Azzedine Alaïa.

Why do you love the Little Black Dress?
My mother and grandmother wore them, and each had a distinct style. Black dresses are really a blank canvas — you make of them what you will.

So it’s not just for minimalists?
It’s for everyone. Minimalists can keep it streamlined and spare in all black. If you like it bolder, think about a dress with lace or sequins and then pile on the costume jewelry and a statement shoe.

How do you wear it?
I like a ladylike silhouette — nipped waist and slim fit. For cocktails, I pair our Bovary dress with my favorite Sevan Bicakci ring and embellished stilettos like our Pixie pump. Depending on my mood and where I’m going, I mix up the shoes and jewelry and go with either opaque black tights or bare legs.

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  • Sir Chuck

    Adorable dress and photo Tory! Only thing missing is your jewelry accessories. Keep up the great work. Gods Blessing

  • luther walker

    Love your taste and you look marvelous.

  • Sue Russell

    Tory I want to thank you for making fabulous beautiful tailored clothes. I just bought the little black dress, the Ethel tulle dress, pixie shoes and Amanda mini satchel. The shoes are the prettiest I’ve ever seen. Also the customer service from Calgary and Toronto stores is one of the best customer service experiences ever. Specifically I dealt with Evie, Heather, and AJ. Also thank you for having models from different ethnicity backgrounds as you know we come in all shapes and colors.