There is no one piece of clothing I love as much as the black dress. It’s the perfect solution to I-don’t-know-what-to-wear; there’s a black dress for any and every occasion. It’s also perfect if you want the focus to be some detail of your outfit, say a necklace, or maybe your makeup, a plain black dress will make it stand out. These are some of my black dresses and how I like to style and wear them.
Swing dress, cap sleeve
The black dress is perfect for traveling. This one is a jersey material that won’t wrinkle, has a little movement, and it just doesn’t get more comfortable than this. I’m wearing this for a short trip with work; I’m planning on having it last me throughout a train ride and through an early dinner. I pair all my dresses with a pair of black H&M control top tights, simply because, for me, that’s the most comfortable pair of tights, the scarf is for wearing on the train, because the trains are always cold here, the Paisley pattern choker is what I want to be the focus – both the choker and the dress are form ASOS. The dress I bought specifically to make the choker stand out. I’ve shortened the dress about 10 cm tho; it was not made for short people. Pairing it with the Converse as I suspect there will be some walking involved once we get to Helsinki. Plus, I like the contrast between the girly dress and the less girly shoe.
Swing dress, long sleeves
I would actually not call this a swing dress, because it has an empire waist, but let’s go with what ASOS calls it. Now this dress is the perfect length, I used it as measurement for the dress above. I try to always go for dresses with sleeves, because I just hate wearing cardigans and I’m always cold. This has been one of my favorite dress styles since pretty much forever. I love to wear this type dress with an ankle strap shoe, and keeping it simple with just a lace style choker and a red, red lipstick – obviously the focus point of this outfit. If it was the 90s I would also have worn a tiara (apparently I still have it for..nostalgic reasons..?) and a white pair of tights (because you know, Courtney Love).
A few years ago I fell madly in love with the skater dress. I have so many of these dresses, all of them from H&M. Obviously. 2 of which are this exact model, one purple and one floral (black/grey). If like me your body is quite straight, it’s a clever way of giving yourself some sort of shape. It also has a perfect neckline (straight, unless the sleeves ride up on you), and a low back – which I love. I usually wear this dress for work, pair it with a scarf, a Mackintosh necklace and a pair of platform shoes.
The t-shirt dress is perfect if you want to dress down. An unlike the skater dress, hide any sort of shape. I usually wear it post-workout, if I’m going to work after workout, or just around the house as casual wear. This is actually the backside of the dress, the front is just plain black. I just love simplicity. I usually wear it with a thicker pair of tights, 100 den, and boots + my biggest pair of hoops if I wear it to work – it’s basically my interpretation of casual Friday. Of course, the rest of the uni are on a constant casual Friday, but whatever.
I go through phases with dresses, years ago, I bought all the bodycons I could possibly find. I’ve still got four including this one (but excluding 3 midi-dresses, same style, different length), all of them from H&M. I like to wear them in winter mostly, because to me they feel warmer. I always pair them with a scarf (this one’s from Prague) just so that there is something happening with the silhouette (+ to keep warm obvs.). Hoops and necklace is a must, another H&M find; a long necklace so that the scarf doesn’t cover it completely, and then boots of course.
Button up skater dress
This is another dress that I got from ASOS just recently. I like it more than I thought I would because a. the buttons are just for show, it doesn’t actually open, and b. I’m not usually a fan of the scoop neckline, but somehow this works great on me. I really love this neckline. I usually wear this dress on its own, just a choker and another of my Mackintosh necklaces of course, it doesn’t need more than that because the fit is just perfect. I’ll wear a scarf if it’s cold, and I plan to pair it with a proper pair of boots. Maybe a pair of Dr Martens? (Still undecided as to what I should get.) Because that is clearly how this dress should be worn. In the meantime I’ll keep wearing it with my Converse.
To be honest, I don’t know what the difference between a tunic and dress is. This is sold as a tunic, but I’d probably call it an a-line dress. It is another favorite: I have one purple and one floral in addition to this one. This neckline also deserves a special mention: the front is a boat shape, and the back is a v – which I love. Good length, a little movement to the skirt, and I do love a long sleeve. Easily paired with any necklace and/or earrings, makes them stand out more; I also like to wear it with a colorful scarf like this one, which is a Primark find from a few years back, an absolute favorite. With this style dress I like to wear the platform ankle boot from H&M (feels like we all have a pair of these). This is also the perfect boot to wear if you’re going to a gig, I’ve noticed. Wore them back in May with the floral version of this dress. I highly recommend going to a metal concert in a dress with pink flowers on, you’ll feel so perfectly out of place (I don’t know why I do this on purpose but I do).
I just never regret putting on a black dress. No idea why I bother with colors and patterns sometimes. Actually, scrolling through ASOS, I think I might just get another few. For good measure.
Lots of love,