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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.

Essential-little-black-dress-by-jo-castro

Disclaimer: I was gifted this dress for editorial consideration. Er, the plasters on my leg covering a mosquito bite – I had to pay for!

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!)

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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.

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Showing 44 comments
  • Raychael aka Mystery Case
    Reply

    Thanks for linking up with my LBD challenge this week. Just love your style.

  • Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes
    Reply

    Thank you so much for joining me for Wardrobe Wednesday! I’m a bit partial to the lovely Leonie and her fabulous creations too. She is a magician!

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Love Wardrobe Wednesday Kim-Marie, thank you for hosting it 🙂 Yes, Leonie makes clothes to magic away the bumps and lumps that we don’t like, doesn’t she 😉

  • Mystery Case
    Reply

    Looks gorgeous on you. I’ve got my own LBD challenge going on at the moment. It’s such a classic wardrobe staple, I don’t know where I would be without it.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks for popping by and your kind words @ Mystery Case 🙂

  • Lauren
    Reply

    This looks like an amazing LBD- I especially love the sleeves! Floaty but not too bohemian. I am off to check out the shop.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Lauren – would love to know if you go for the black or another colour!

  • Reply

    This dress really looks fabulous on you Johanna. Its the perfect cut. Any dress with the added bonus of a sleeve always gets my vote xx

    • Johanna
      Reply

      I totally agree about a bit of sleeve length at my age, Bev. thanks for your kind words too 🙂

  • Vicki
    Reply

    That dress looks amazing on you.

  • Reply

    Looks like the perfect dress – I’d like to see you in the red one too 🙂

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Annabel – since I posted this article, that dress has been worn and worn and worn. It’s a staple for many occasions 🙂

  • Wanda
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    What a great little number Jo! Looks comfortable, stylish and low maintenance. And, since I’m a girl for ‘little numbers,’ that dress might just work nicely. Although, not as nicely as on you!

    • Johanna
      Reply

      I’m sure that dress would work even more nicely on you Wanda 🙂 But thank you anyway 🙂 Yep it’s comfy, stylish and gloriously low maintenance.

  • Reply

    Jo, this is THE perfect dress! I actually visited the Verily website before Christmas and tossed up whether or not to buy this dress in red. I didn’t – and now I’m kicking myself! The black looks great on you and would be so versatile – as you say it could easily be dressed up for a more formal occasion. I’m a bit of a sucker for red, though, so I’d probably go red. The ‘no crease’ promise has me hooked – perfect for travelling. Oooohh, do I really need another dress? Well, yes, maybe I do 🙂

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Ha Ha Carolyn, I know it’s a dilemma! I’d also like this dress in red – and I can see how the colour would suit you. Yes, it is perfect for travelling. I can just see you out for a night in gay Paris as the lovely lady in red! Go for it girl:)

  • GourmetGetaways
    Reply

    What a gorgeous dress!! I love it, simple and stylish! I wonder if I could do red??? I’m off to check out the website 🙂

    • Johanna
      Reply

      I’d love to see someone in the red version Julie! Go for it – and if you purchase it, please send me a pic so that I can put you on Lifestyle Fifty 🙂

  • Ingrid Rickersey
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    Love the dress Jo (I want one) and that is a perfect number for travelling … you know where ever you go – you need an LBD just in case you go out for a special dinner function … one never knows! And this is perfect for that – I will definately try the Bell Twist , and it seems that they offer good service, such as if you needed to change it for another size they would be accommodating.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      It’s a great little travel number Ingrid and like you say can be dressed up, dressed down and doesn’t crease.

  • Denise Gillies
    Reply

    The dress is lovely, Jo. I’ll be looking up their website – need something nice for a wedding!

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thank you Denise. I hope you find something nice for the wedding on Verily 🙂

  • Fair, Fake and Fifty
    Reply

    What a great dress and you look stunning in it. Your accessories also add a really nice touch.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Your comments are much appreciated, Thank You @ Fair, Fake and fifty!

  • allyson
    Reply

    I am wondering why it is recommended for over 50’s to wear dresses past your knees. Maybe I am in denial but I always prefer a dress just above the knee.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      I’m not sure Allyson 😉 I also wear shorter dresses, and if they suit you and you feel comfortable then why not indeed! Go for it. My knees are a bit knobbly, but once I’m over that little vanity hurdle I’m ok! How about sending a pic of you in an above the knee dress for a future post? Pretty please?

  • Leonie Macleod
    Reply

    Hi Jo, you look gorgeous in the Bell Twist Dress. I agree it is a very easy to wear dress. Just to let your readers know, all the information on returns and sizing is under ‘customer services’ to the right of each page. Verily is designed and made in our own studio so we offer very personal service. Please feel free to email me if you or your readers have any questions at [email protected]

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Leonie! And thanks for popping by with that reassuring information. It’s always so much nicer to have personal service on internet stores.

  • Rae Hilhorst
    Reply

    I take that back I have found their return policy, sorry xxxx

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Great Rae, I’m pretty sure Leonie will be accommodating if something doesn’t fit 🙂

  • Rae Hilhorst
    Reply

    Love the dress on you, you look fabulous, have looked at their site and am thinking about ordering one for work, I can’t find anything about a returns policy or what state they are in, thanks Johanna

    • Johanna
      Reply

      It would make a great work dress, Rae. Black would suit you – reckon the paisley would look good with your dark colouring too.

  • Catherine
    Reply

    Wow! You look very glamorous, as always, in this lovely dress. The best selling feature for me is that it’s a minimal crease number which is perfect for those of us who love to travel. Obviously the age-appropriate design is a real bonus! I haven’t bought clothing on line before but I’ll be heading over to Verily to see what other little gems they have to offer. Would you mind telling me what size your dress is, just so I have a guide as to what size to order if I decide to buy one (or two, or three!) for myself?

    • Johanna
      Reply

      This is a size 12 Catherine – it’s nicely ‘roomy’ on me. I hope you find something nice for yourself at Verily – it is just the sort of clothing for someone active like you – would pack up neatly in a rucksack to slip on after a bike ride for instance 🙂 Thanks for your nice comment too 🙂

  • Kathy Marris
    Reply

    Jo, that is a definite winner in the LBD department. It looks stylish and comfortable and I think would flatter most figure types. Good choice!

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thanks Kathy, and yes definite in the champs for the LBD department! Big, small, long, tall, short – you’re right, it would look good on anyone.

  • Life Images by Jill
    Reply

    this dress looks stunning on you Jo – and I like the way you say it hides all the bumpy not-so-young anymore bits and covers knees – and especially the fact that you can throw it in your suitcase and hang it up on your arrival and put on without having to worry about creases – a must have travel item it seems.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Thank you Jill! Yep, it’s a multi faceted little number – highly recommended!

  • Janet @ Redland City Living
    Reply

    I love that dress, though it’s probably a little bit out of my price range for now anyways!

    • Johanna
      Reply

      It’s a gorgeous dress Janet – one of those ‘staple’ items that will be worn again and again in lots of different situations, just dressed up differently each time. In that respect it’s a great canvas.

  • Neva
    Reply

    Gosh Jo, would you be my personal shopper? I love the dress, shoes, purse and the necklace. I’m going to check out their website immediately. You are a natural model and wear the dress so well, they owe you a second dress.

    • Johanna
      Reply

      Oh Thanks Neva! Ha Ha, I’d love to be your personal shopper!! Hope you enjoy browsing the website and maybe enjoy a little shopping too?

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