Sometimes the most basic wardrobe finds can be the most exciting. I’ll be the first to yawn over the topic of “the perfect black dress,” but at the end of the day if you have one that makes you feel amazing and looks amazing on you, then that’s worth every penny. Many moons ago I had an amazing one that I wore for years before tiring of it—I may have even worn a whole in the fabric! It was the most reliable go-to option for any evening parties or cocktail shenanigans. And when the Holidays rolled around I practically lived in it.
Since then I haven’t met one that I love as much, until recently. Enter the perfect black party dress. I’ll confess I wasn’t 100% sold on it from the picture or even when it arrived on the hanger but I slipped it on and BAM, I knew it was my dress. The voluminous sleeves, deep v-neck and tailored fit feels effortlessly cool and playful.
Tips For Finding An Essential Black Dress
1. Always, always try it on. I would have never realized how great this dress was for me if I hadn’t slipped it on. Don’t knock it until you try it!
2. Can the fit be better? Take it to your tailor, adjusting it to your body can make a huge difference.
3. Consider your footwear. Shoes can pull a look together so try the dress on with all the different options you have before ruling it out.
4. Having trouble deciding? Take home (or order) some options that you can try on in the comfort of your room where all your accessories live. Put your looks together and then decide.
Photography by Jacquline Pilar