Her pearl choker and gloves may have set off the outfit perfectly. But it was Audrey Hepburn's little black dress that became an icon.
Despite the passage of time, the stunning frock the movie star wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961 has stayed firmly in fashion.
Now the LBD has once more been voted the top must-have for every woman's wardrobe.
In a poll of 3000, more than 76 per cent named it as the most influential item in fashion history.
Half of those surveyed said they have at least one little black example hanging in their wardrobe.
The responses of men to the survey may indicate why the frocks remain so popular.
Thirty-one per cent chose it as the outfit they would prefer to see on their partner.
Second on the list of iconic fashion items were jeans, with 37 per cent voting in their favour.
They were also the most commonly-owned item of clothing - 81 per cent said they had owned at least ten pairs of jeans so far.
Almost half of those polled - 45 per cent - admitted they could not imagine life without their favourite pair of jeans, high praise for a garment invented in the late 18th century.
The Wonderbra, best known for it's eye-popping advertising campaigns, came third in the survey, on 32 per cent.
More than 16 years after its launch here, it is still as popular as ever, helping women across the country enhance their natural assets.
As well as celebrating style successes, the survey also identified disastrous clothing trends.
Heading the horror list was the velour tracksuit, made famous by Coleen McCoughlin, with 27 per cent branding it a fashion faux pas.
Other mustn't-haves include the shell suit, the puffball skirt and hot pants.
Unfortunately, however, many of us have been lured into buying such no-nos.
An astonishing 96 per cent of people admitted to owning at least one item on the list of clothing disasters.
And the cost of such misguided shopping isn't cheap.
More than a quarter - 27 per cent - admitted spending at least £500 on garments they will never wear again.
Brendan Courtney, presenter on UKTV Style's The Clothes Show, which commissioned the survey said: "The LBD is an absolute classic, perfect for the office party or even New Years Eve.
"Whilst different generations might have their own ideas about style, many of these iconic fashions have shown their ageless popularity.
"It just shows that true style lasts forever."
The study also revealed that Kylie Minogue is the top style icon among celebrities.
Thirty-one per cent of respondents nominated the Australian singer, placing her just ahead of Catherine Zeta-Jones on 27 per cent.