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Why you need a little black dress

Why you need a little black dress

If there’s one thing that your wardrobe needs, regardless of what you do for work and how old you are, is a black dress. The little black dress is one of the hardest working items in any closet, as it can be worn for work, for nights out, and for casual weekends. We’re teaming up with Arisology and using their Black Circle Cut Dress to talk about some of the different ways you can wear the little black dress, and what to look for when shopping for your own.

Wear the dress on its own, with a pair of killer heels.
This look with Arisology’s Circle Cut dress is very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys. There’s a reason why that image endures – it’s such a classic look that is always elegant, no matter what is on trend at the time. Keep the look elegant by keeping accessories simple – a pair of diamond stud earrings, a thin watch and slim bracelets, for example – and a black clutchbag keeps all your essentials organised. Along with some strappy heels, this is the perfect outfit for date night.

Wear the dress with a white button up shirt underneath.
This is a perfect outfit for work – a crisp white shirt worn under this dress is all about business. The circle cut of this Arisology dress, the lining and the fabric means that when you do wear a button up shirt underneath, any bumps from the buttons or seams are concealed so that you have an overall streamlined look. Pointy pumps and a black tote bag complete the corporate feel of this outfit.

Wear the dress with a pair of white sneakers.
This is a great casual look that is much favoured by minimalist style bloggers. Arisology’s black dress with white sneakers is such a simple combination but is a classy option for weekend brunch, and is perfect for Spring! Throw a denim jacket over the top if it gets cold, and the black tote or satchel is the perfect bag of choice for this casual ensemble.

When choosing the black dress, it important to look at the following factors to make sure this is one piece of clothing in your wardrobe that you will love.

Fit – it’s so important that the dress is tailored to suit your body shape. It shouldn’t be too tight that you can’t wear it sitting down or if you decide to wear that button down shirt underneath. Always try it on so that you get a feel for how the dress actually looks on your body.

Length – it should be a length that you’re comfortable with in all situations – yes, you may like shorter dresses, but this isn’t necessarily appropriate for work! Choose a length that is suitable for work and for play, and this Arisology dress is just the right length for both.

Fabric – choose a fabric that again works in most situations. The Arisology dress has a satin finish polyester that makes it a little dressier than a typical black cotton dress, yet could still be worn back with a pair of sneakers.

Purpose – as with any item of clothing that you go shopping for, always consider its purpose. If you’re mainly going to wear it for work, then choose a dress that you would feel happy and comfortable with wearing at work. Bonus points if you’re going to wear it for evenings and dinners out – that means you only need to invest in one dress! The dress by Arisology is versatile enough to be worn both at work and for evening, and its classic shape and cut means it goes with what you already own and love.

We hope this inspires you to include a little black dress in your wardrobe! As always, let us know what you think – leave a comment below!

This post was written in collaboration with Arisology.


Eileen Sioson

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Eileen is a blogger at 5feetofstyle.com, where you can find style inspiration, "how to wear" tips, and capsule wardrobe ideas. She is also a full-time mum of two, Food Network addict, and unabashed dog person.

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