The best Little Black Dress

Happy Wednesday friends! Today’s post topic is nothing new, I mean, we’ve all heard about the usefulness and versatility of an LBD. A little black dress can serve as a closet workhorse and easily shift from season to season and year to year. The key is finding the right one for you. And that, my friends is where I think fashion magazines and bloggers often miss the mark. For years I’ve read articles highlighting the perfect LBD. They would tell me a classic, slightly dressier shape and style would move easily from workwear to weekend and even dressed up for a party. They would suggest fit and flare and mini dresses all the time as the staple my closet was missing. I heeded the advice and over the years found myself as a proud owner of more LBDs than I knew what to do with. And did I wear any of them as frequently as all those articles promised? Not even close.

Until one day last December when I was stumbling around from shop to shop in SoHo with some girlfriends, just trying to keep warm and I found the perfect dress. It was in a boutique that worked with a rotation of ethical designers to house pretty clothing and unique gifts and jewelry. It took one look at the intriguing wrapped mid section, supple raw silk, and perfect midi length and I knew I had found the perfect one. My only regret? Not buying it in the pretty pale pink color they had as well!

The thing that really makes this dress so great is that unlike all its predecessors, it works for me. For my lifestyle and fashion. It mixes well into my wardrobe and plays alongside so many of my shoes, jackets and accessories. I love the midi-length of it along with the side slits that give it a slightly edgier feel. In so many of my previous LBDs they were too short while maxi dresses were just too summery and long, this one is just right. I also love the interest the wrap around mid-section adds. Instead of a boring plain LBD or one with too much on trend detail (ie. off-the-shoulder, cut outs, bell sleeves, lace details) this one has this unique section around the torso made up of two long pieces of the same cupro material that start out wide and taper to long ribbons to wrap around a few times and tie prettily into a bow. And the coolest part? You can wrap it up around the front or the back for a simple bow tied look (worn wrapped around back here). The sleeveless style and seasonless fabric gives this dress the ability to migrate from summer to fall with the simple addition of a nice jacket or sweater over top. And the silk washes beautifully in a gentle detergent and hangs dry.

So what is the takeaway here? Do I want you to go out and buy this exact dress? Nope, not at all. I want you to go and try on many beautiful Little Black Dresses until you find your one and only. Seriously, I think it took me a lot of trial and error to realize I needed one that could dress down easily with tennis shoes due to its simplicity and minimalism, dress up for a party due to its beautiful material (silk + heels + red lip), and transition easily from summer to fall to spring and back. (Note: I don’t plan to wear it come winter unless we head to warmer pastures as winters here just don’t make it possible for silk dresses). And for many years I was buying up all the wrong ones that just didn’t fit the bill. Honestly, do yourself a favor and head to your favorite store and grab up all types of black dresses in a variety of styles, head to that changing room and get to tryin’. You may be surprised at the results. Bonus points: bring multiple shoes with you to really get a feel for how the dress would fit in with your in real life lifestyle.

If you aren’t familiar with Vesta, check out their beautiful and inspiring story here and see how they are remaking minimal clothing while also maintaining a focus on being eco friendly and conscious.

xo, jules

Madewell Stone Inlay Pendant Necklace • Madewell • $24.99

Ray-Ban RB4292N Blaze Double Bridge 62mm Fashion Sunglasses • Ray-Ban • $188

Rag & Bone Nico Stretch Denim Jacket • Rag & Bone • $206.50

Classic denim jacket • J.Crew • $110

Saint Laurent Loulou 70 suede mules • Saint Laurent • $695

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Mar Brown Suede Slides • Maryam Nassir Zadeh • $385

Danica Suede Block-Heel Mules • Splendid • $44.99–49.99

Vince Wrap-Waist Cotton Midi Dress • Vince • $135

Michael Stars Faux Wrap Midi Dress • Michael Stars • $98

Vince Camuto Soft Texture Faux Wrap Midi Dress • Vince Camuto • $119

RAEY V-neck silk-satin midi slip dress • Raey • $187

Vesta Studio Half Moon Wrap Dress – $115 {exact dress I’m wearing}

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