Michelle Smith’s Milly dress provides nice “armpit fat” coverage and a relaxed fit that skims “birthing hips,” two things I could live without, frankly. However, since these are a forgone conclusion, I’ll dress for the body I HAVE, not the body I WANT.
But there are two more details that make this dress anything but post-pregnancy frumpy: Sheer insets at the sleeves and an exposed zipper, which I’m always a sucker for.
You would assume by the amount of speial occasion dresses I put on this blog, that I live a very interesting life of event-hopping. However, I would quickly remind you of A) the name of this blog (littleblacksweats.com), and B) the reason I write this blog is because I do not have that life, but love those clothes. It’s my virtual closet of sorts.
With that disclaimer out of the way, here is another fantastic dress by one of my all-time favorites, French Connection. I adore yellow this season, and am lucky enough to be able to wear most shades of it. And of course, it’s top to bottom and back again embellished with stunning sequins. I love the contrasting panels in a neutral and the shift shape of French Connection’s Rainbow dress is one I gravitate to most often.
Add a silver clutch and an occasion, stir and voila!
I know, I know! Another dress, but summer’s on the way, and who doesn’t want to show off the legs you’ve working so hard on in the gym all winter (ok, so maybe just a few months… since you realized summer is coming faster than you thought!)
This shift by Julie Brown (not the downtown Julie Brown), and has a very Trina Turk quality about it with its vibrant, graphic print.
And what’s not to love about a shift? Easy to wear, always fits your waist and your hips at the same time… looks great with flip flops or with high wedge-y sandals.
It seems like leather shift dresses are been popping up everywhere. From Zara last fall to Valentino this spring, leather comes in many styles and colors. But no style more often than the shift, which is great for us short, non-super model types.
Here are a few photos of this great trend in women’s dressing, and one of those pieces that you can splurge on because undoubtedly, it will be “in style” forever!
Valentino, Spring 2012
Vince Leather Shift Dress, $795
Zara metallic leather dress, Fall 2011
Jennifer Aniston in Leather Shift Dress, Celine Fall 2011
Cacharel Knit-Trimmed Leather Shift Dress, price upon request
I am always on the hunt for a great dress – as you can see by the endless number of posts I’ve done on “the dress.”
This week, I have run across two of the most UH-MAZING, and dare I say simple in the most fantastic way, dresses. And fondly enough, they were both worn to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
One is this navy leather shift by 3.1 Phillip Lim. The leather is so butter-soft looking, and really lets you highlight gorgeous gams because of its simplicity. It looks great here with strappy sandals, but imagine it with some fierce knee boots!
Shailene Woodley in 3.1 Phillip Lim
And what’s not to absolutely love about this Louis Vuitton frock? Elegant, simple, totally wearable for any body type and another great way to show off fabulous footwear. Although the shoes are positively covet-worthy, I probably would’ve worn it with chunky gold to pump up the stunning emerald color – buuuuut Rooney didn’t ask me to be her stylist that day… her loss.
… is the amount of time it took me to fall in love with this Phillip Lim 3.1 dress two years ago, when it was in his Resort 2010 collection. I wanted it then, and am coveting it even more now. And in both colors.
I have an event in a couple of weeks, and am furiously trying to decide what to wear. Everything that is turning my head is LACE – very unlike me. But ladylike lace is all the rage this Spring (of course ol’ Phil was ahead of his time!)
I thought maybe I’d find it deeply discounted on eBay (I did – in a size 2) or possibly somewhere in the cyberworld of “get anything you want” but no luck there.
This is what happens when you start planning your outfit from the ground up… you always have great shoes, and nothing to wear.