There is so much that we love about The Little Black Dress Initiative from the JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE. It gives us the opportunity to not worry about what to wear for five days while raising awareness and funds to combat the poverty that is in our own backyard. Pick a black dress or outfit to wear from April 3rd through April 7th, sign up to participate and engage your connections on social media in conversations about poverty and encourage them to sponsor you through donations.

All monies raised supports the Junior League’s community outreach programs including Second Harvest Food Bank, Promising Pages and Alexander Youth Network.

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Look for ladies in Charlotte sporting this saying the week of April 3rd

“Although it is called The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) everyone members, nonmembers, men and women are being asked to participate,” says Erin Maddrey, Junior League of Charlotte member and LBDI committee member. “Little black suit, little black scrubs, little black yoga pants. The sky is the limit as we try to raise awareness and funds for neighbors in need.”

Last year in Charlotte’s inagural LBDI campaign, The Junior League had over 100 participants who raised over $25,000.  With your help, they are looking forward to doubling that number.

We asked a few Charlotte boutiques how they would style the same black dress for five days to give you some inspiration. Traveling Chic Boutique gives you a casual look for the week, TRC W offers a conservative office option and Monkees shows us how to go from day to night with one dress.



Black pocket tee dress- z supply $54, Esmeralda Necklace- Mad Jewels $49, Leopard Clutch- Satchel $185


Triple wrap necklace $39, Rowan Kimono- Buddy Love $82


Mar Olive Trench- Mystree $82, Horn statement necklace- Mad Jewels $99, Gold convertible clutch- Cofi Leathers $149


Trucker Hat- Judith March $43, Barbie Vest- Sweet Wanderer $44, Moon Necklace- Jill Massey $96


Cameo zip up hoodie- z supply $62, Scarf $30


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Blaque Label Mini Bell Sleeve Dress $175, Nocturne Demi Necklace $245, Nocturne Demi Earring $160, Schutz Enida $180


Pearl Necklace $84, Black Pashmina $45, Tory Burch Elana $295


Misa Tassel Earrings $96, Gold Cuff $60, Marc Fisher Bikel $169


Nocturne Heart Necklace $250, Silver Cuff $60, Schutz Aleria $190


Red Tassel Earrings $96, Schutz Gaborelis $180

Ready to sign up for The Little Black Dress Initiative? Click here to register and sign the pledge . Tag your daily outfits with #LBDi on all your social media accounts.

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The Junior League of Charlotte

1332 Maryland Avenue

Charlotte, NC 28209

(704) 375-5993