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National Little Black Dress Day – September 1, 2023

National Little Black Dress Day is on September 1 each year. Isn’t it amazing that you can contribute to a significant cause by dressing up in a little black dress? This campaign has two aims. The first is to encourage women of African descent to get tested for strokes before it’s too late. The second aims to raise awareness of the importance of having a healthy heart and taking essential measures to maintain cardiovascular health. This particular day is all about staying motivated and promoting heart health. The best part, there are still plenty of events ahead that require you to don your little black dress.

History of National Little Black Dress Day

The American Heart Association (A.H.A) created National Little Black Dress Day in 2020 to support heart health and stroke awareness among African American women. The little black dress is a staple item that every woman should have in her closet. One of the best things about the L.B.D. is how simple and timeless it is, plus how versatile it is. The little black dress can be worn for just about any occasion.

The little black dress has become synonymous with style, sophistication, and fashion. But behind the sultry veneer of smooth fabric and sparkling sequins lies a powerful message of unity and heart health. Did you know that nearly 40% of African American women will develop cardiovascular disease in their lifetime, more than double that of the general population? This means that more than 13 million African American women are living with cardiovascular disease on any given day.

During the start of the 20th century, when no one was paying attention to it, African American women were suffering from strokes at much higher rates than average Americans due to high blood pressure and other preventable conditions. To assist in raising awareness, National Little Black Dress Day serves as an annual reminder of this important piece of history involving African American women by encouraging them to dress in their best little black dress. This is to help raise awareness about the value that they bring not only to themselves, but to their communities as well, while reminding everyone that they can save a life by learning more about cardiovascular disorders and prevention.

National Little Black Dress Day timeline

16th Century
Its Roots

Anne Boleyn famously wears an all-black velvet dress.

1920s
Its Introduction

Coco Chanel first introduces the L.B.D. as part of her signature look.

1960s
It Becomes Popular

Audrey Hepburn wears a black Givenchy gown at the premiere of “Breakfast at Tiffany's”, and it becomes one of the most iconic looks in fashion history.

2020
The Day is Founded

The Black Heart Association establishes National Little Black Dress Day.

National Little Black Dress Day FAQs

What do people love about little black dresses?

Images of the little black dress have been as diverse as the garment has proved varied. It is at once serviceable and shapely, simple and elegant.

Why is the little black dress famous?

Audrey Hepburn made the little black dress famous when she wore a Givenchy sheath in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The dress became an iconic uniform for other women, including Queen Bey, who wore a Topshop embellished mini in 2012.

Why is the little black dress iconic?

The little black dress is a classic. The style, introduced in 1926, has since been adopted as an essential fashion staple by millions of women worldwide. Its short length and casual style mean it can be paired with nearly everything in any woman’s closet.

How to Observe National Little Black Dress Day

  1. Learn more about the day

    Learn more about Little Black Dress Day. By doing so, you can better inform others about the importance of looking after your cardiovascular health.

  2. Donate to the American Heart Association

    Host a dinner party with your friends or coworkers and donate all proceeds from the event to the American Heart Association. You can even host an online auction so people can bid on their favorite items from the evening. Don't forget to wear your little black dress!

  3. Promote education

    Share personalized health stories and inform others about this severe public health issue. We can make a difference in preventing cardiovascular disease in our families and communities.

5 Interesting Facts About The Little Black Dress

  1. It pairs with anything

    It can be worn with anything from stilettos to flats, and the little black dress is still perfect.

  2. Many celebrities wear it

    Today, many celebrities wear a little black dress for red carpet events — they've even been referred to as "red carpet gowns" because of their versatility and popularity on such occasions.

  3. It is timeless

    The little black dress is a timeless piece that can be worn year-round, no matter the occasion or destination.

  4. They can be made from several fabrics

    Little black dresses can be made from various fabrics, including satin, velvet, lace, and silk chiffon.

  5. Is a symbol

    The little black dress symbolizes power, freedom, and confidence for women everywhere.

Why National Little Black Dress Day is Important

  1. It urges people to exercise

    It recommends people get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week (or a combination of both). Women should also do some strength training at least twice a week.

  2. Manage your weight

    The learning provided on this day can help you manage your weight and blood pressure, which is the best way to prevent a stroke. High blood pressure raises your risk of a stroke because it puts added strain on the heart and arteries, causing them to harden and narrow over time.

  3. It shows off your black dress

    Of course, National Little Black Dress Day is an excellent opportunity to show off your best little black dress, while also serving a serious purpose.

National Little Black Dress Day dates

YearDateDay
2023September 1Friday
2024September 1Sunday
2025September 1Monday
2026September 1Tuesday
2027September 1Wednesday
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