Well, that was fast.
Recently I decided my wardrobe needed the addition of a versatile little black dress. The two I had in my closet–one leather, one with a voluminous cut–aren’t the most versatile of LBDs. This item is not something I have a great need for at this time in my life, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to window shop, check out different styles and cuts, and keep an eye out for a workable little number.
My favorite of the little black dresses I’ve owned throughout the years was a beautiful strapless number in matte satin; the waistline featured incredibly flattering ruching on one side and a bit of a flared skirt that ended just below the knee. I bought it at a little boutique in my hometown on major sale for $69, and I still remember it felt like such a splurge for a student on a tight budget. The dress was incredibly easy to accessorize, and I wore it constantly–to my favorite jazz club, out to dinners with friends, even as the maid of honor in my cousin’s wedding. Eventually I simply wore the thing out.
I’ll always be on the hunt for a dress that will replicate that feeling of ease, but sometimes I wonder if perfect pieces merely reflect a moment in time. I might not ever again find a little black dress as flattering or as comfortable, but I’ll make do in the meantime. Here are a couple I’ve stumbled upon recently…
I picked up this dress at the thrift store for $6.99; it’s in perfect condition (save for that thread I forgot to cut off the label!), and the material is comfortable and forgiving. Once again, three cheers for flattering ruching.
Then I was flipping through my inspiration folder the other day when I found this look and immediately knew what I wanted to pair with this dress: a white tux jacket.
I recently saw the one below in a store and really liked it, but the linen makes the jacket a little too casual for the look. Still, it would be great to pair with shorts and simple sandals this spring.
The second little black dress I found on ebay was a bit of a departure for me; it’s not a look I’ve ever been drawn to for myself, though I love 60s detailing on others. Call it Mad Men fever, but this little dress had me at hello.
A simple black jersey dress that can be easily layered. With just a bit of a surprise.
I find the split sleeves with a hint of bell shape incredibly chic.
These two purchases fall under the heading of planned spontaneity; I had already researched some looks, knew what I needed in a little black dress, and kept my eyes open for whatever might come my way. They just appeared a little sooner than I expected!
(sorry about the gloomy lighting!)