The JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE is making poverty unfashionable again with the third annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI).  The week long campaign, running from February 26th through March 2nd, raises money and awareness about poverty in our community and highlights the challenges that face the over 1.6 million North Carolinians living in poverty.

LBDI participants wear the same black dress for 5 consecutive days with a pin that reads Ask Me About My Dress with the goal of sparking conversation and spreading awareness about the initiative and its objectives. You do not need to be a Junior League member to participate.

Stop by the Junior League’s Charlotte office to pick up an Ask Me About My Dress pin

Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #LBDI throughout the week to help spread the cause through social media. New for this year, the Junior League is offering prizes for #LBDI fundraisers $100 gift certificates to NordstromMerchant and Trade and KK Bloom Boutique.

We shopped the local stores for a few great options if you need a new black dress to get you started.


Isn’t It Sweet Mini – Ali & Jay; $128

Sasha Maxi Dress – BB Dakota; $105

​Lettie Dress – BB Dakota; $90 SHOP ONLINE

​Brodee Woven Dress – PPLA; $68 SHOP ONLINE



Aubree Dress $425 Carter Heel $175

Back Lace Up Dress $90
Trio Stack $55

Desert Lilly Dress $198
Adalyn Wedge $160


Three Eighty Two Dress- $138
TPH Necklace- $38
TPH Clutch- $59

Three Eighty Two Dress- $138
TPH Necklace- $38
TPH Clutch- $59

To keep your look fresh for five days, change out your purse, add a scarf, different shoes, tights, add a belt and now is a good time to for bold statement jewelry.

Jewels from Tweeds and Beads available at Luxe Angel Boutique

Melvin by Jess bracelets and necklaces at The Pink Hanger

Add statement pieces to your Little Black Dress | Mignonne Gavigan earrings at Charlotte’s

Electric colors from Mignonne Gavigan found at Charlotte’s

Ready to sign on and start raising money? Visit the Junior League’s site and attend the kickoff party at Kendra Scott in SouthPark mall on Monday, February 26th.

The Junior League of Charlotte

1332 Maryland Avenue

Charlotte, NC 28209

(704) 375-5993

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