The Little Black Dress is always an appropriate choice; you simply can’t go wrong. And, for most fashionable ladies, it is the “go-to” dress for most occasions. Black often represents wealth, formality, and mystery. And those associations are perfect when you can’t figure out what to wear. It’s classy and chic and enables you to be creative when it comes to shoes and accessories. Check out a few of my finds that may encompass your personality.
My first feature is a simple-yet-elegant, basic, wrap bodycon black mini. The asymmetric style is the only thing that makes this dress different. But, this is a good start because it’s a clean canvas and allows you to play with the look. This is the dress you can wear with the funky shoes -- there is an endless ability to get creative with this number! I am envisioning this with patent leather pumps or studded Valentinos.
→ Buy the Topshop Jersey Wrap Bodycon Dress, $45.00, at us.topshop.com.
On a playful note, I’d like to introduce the cascading ruffle dress. This dress is one big waterfall. I think it’s great for a night of dancing. It’s carefree but can be overwhelming if paired with too much jewelry or bold accessories. Keep the remainder of the outfit simple to accentuate the flirty side of the dress. The website showcases the dress with over-the-top shoes that take the beauty from the dress and give it a tacky appearance.
→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Cynthia Cascade Ruffle Dress, $248.00, at bloomingdales.com.
Need something eye opening? Surprisingly, Bebe has a black knee length dress that is a cross between old and new school. The shoulder pleating gives it an edgy feel, playing into this season’s hot rocker look. The material is comfortable and hugs every curve appropriately. And when something hugs me appropriately, I can’t and won’t pass on it.
→ Buy the Bebe Pleated Keyhole Dress, $129.00, at bebe.com.
Like my previous choice, this dress is knee length. But, this dress has a pleasant surprise when you see the back. It’s the element of surprise that sets off the attraction…the bare back with a bedazzled horizontal strap is sexy and adds needed sparkle to this sophisticated dress.
→ Buy the Zara Long Dress with Diamante Back, $79.90, at zara.com.
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny San Diego, California, where she's a Realtor with Apprize Realty, Inc., specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.