The Essential Little Black Dress.
Sometimes you come across a dress that just says, “Take me! Love me! Wear me!”
For me, I have to say that isn’t very often because I’m choosy and when I wear a dress, I always feel I have to sit up straight, pull my tummy in, be aware of my posture etc etc or I’ll look like a dumpy frump.
We all need a Little Black Dress
So when designer Leoni MacLeod from Verily sent me this dress for editorial consideration I was thrilled to receive one in black (for its slimming properties) and hoped that the easy wear fabric would cover my lumps and bumps.
Imagine my delight when it just slid on, like a soft outer layer which miraculously didn’t behave like a limpet. No, it didn’t cling not one bit, but it hugged my curves in all the right places and floated over the troublesome bits.
What Shall I Wear Today?
So it’s going to be one of those easy choices when I look in my wardrobe and ask: “What shall I wear today?”
And I think Trinny and Susannah (Britain’s TV style queens) would approve … the dress sits at a perfect length for my age, just below the knee. The sleeves are loose and hide my upper arms (a problem area). The deep V neck is a gorgeous shape, a little scalloped, giving the illusion of length. The twist of fabric just under the bust takes attention away from my festively plump tummy area (there was no photoshopping – promise!)
In all, this is a dress that I know I’ll slip on for more than one occasion, and it’s likely to become my favourite little black number. It’s practically non-crease which, as I travel a lot, means I can pack it in a suitcase and hang it up on arrival. I can see it being worn for cocktails or dinners out, and for when I facilitate blogging workshops. I’ve dressed it up with some dainty shoes for this photo, but I’ll be wearing it with flat sandals too. The gorgeous little jewel bag a friend gave to me and the necklace is another Bali style find.
The Bell Twist dress comes in Black, Red or Paisley and costs $120. If this isn’t your cup of tea then why not pop over to Verily’s website and have a look at a whole range of stylish, easy to wear clothing that’s designed to fit real women in real life. There are lots more styles at the Verily Online Shop.
If you do buy anything take a ‘selfie’ photo and send it to me with a little explanation and I’ll feature you in “What Shall I Wear Today,” on a future occasion.
What have I been reading? This week I’ve been enjoying Styling You. Nikki features some lovely workable and easy to wear dress ideas in her Everyday Style section.
I’m linking to Wardrobe Wednesday at Kimba Likes where you’ll find all kinds of fashion advice.