Monday, 16 December 2013

Little black dress...

Despite my well-documented love of colour, I do have a soft spot for that perennial style classic: the little black dress. My LBD of choice is this one from Tesco- I love the fit of it and I can imagine it looking good on anyone and everyone. This has seen me through many a business meeting, meals out with friends and family and even my Grandad's funeral earlier this year- not bad for a mere £7! What I like most about this dress is how simple it is, there is a time and place for embellishment and fancy details but this makes the perfect blank canvas. Luckily, it even works without me having to wear heels, there's nothing worse than having to wear heels when you have a day's worth of meetings! These photos were another bunch that were taken earlier in the year but I wore the exact same outfit the other day and forgot to take photos, so thought I would use these instead! This outfit is never going to set the fashion world alight but it is made up of some of my favourite items of clothing and it tends to be the kind of thing I wear to work on a day to day basis- basics can be fun too! ;) 

Coat: Dannimac via Mum, dress: Tesco, cardigan: BHS from Mark's mum, belt: New Look, shoes: French Sole c/o Spartoo
This cardigan is another one of the hardest working pieces in my wardrobe, it was originally hip length but I somehow managed to shrink the body of it in the wash (weirdly the rest of the fit stayed the same!) It is 100% wool so massively warm but with temperature being so variable in the office, it is a really good layer to have around, especially as it scrumples folds down into nothing in my bag! 


The dress has a knot detail at the waist (which actually  sits at waist height on me- rejoice!) which normally offers enough decoration but you know how much I like to match things and so out came my trusty leopard print belt! I really like the draping on this dress, it doesn't look too much like it is trying to disguise my lumps and bumps which some ruching can. Ruching is supposed to skim elegantly over my love handles, not cling to them unforgivingly! 

I have just noticed the rogue hair attached to my arm here, how annoying!
These French Sole shoes are so comfy and the red trimmed leopard print is just tacky fun enough to put a spring in your step. What's the use of a blank canvas if you don't jazz it up a little?! 



Where is your favourite little black dress from? How do you jazz up work outfits? 


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14 comments

daisychain said...

I am yet to find the perfect LBD for me. You look gorgeous, love the leopard print too xx

FAIIINT said...

I think you pretty much summered up there why I love black so much - versatility! You look gorgeous here Maria & that dress is such a great piece, especially for the price!

char said...

A LBD is always a good investment, isn't it. I have my eye on a Tesco one at the moment.
I have managed to do the opposite to one of my cardigans, shrunk the arms but the body was fine :/

Elizabeth @ Rosalilium said...

I bought my LBD from TopshopUnique for my 25th birthday (so quite a while ago) and it's go ruching going on too. It's so flattering!

Fashion Follows Her said...

That's pretty much my look- draped dress (super easy to wear) and bling flats. Perfection!

The Style Rawr said...

I love the little twist detail, what a lovely LBD! Those leo pumps are purrrfect, they really add a touch of RAWR to your outfit.

P.S Last week Steph & I were talking about how much we love your blog, you just have such an awesome style!

Tara xo

Harriet said...

Your dres is so pretty - love it with the cardigan as well, so refined!

Lily Lipstick said...

This looks like the perfect work dress! x

Sherin said...

This black dress is so pretty. I've literally just scheduled an outfit with a black dress for later this week - can't get enough of them.

Imogen said...

Looking fabulous. I love the touches of leopard print. I always love it when leopard print is combined with red- those shoes are amazing.

Sophie in the Sticks said...

Maria you are looking gorgeous my dear! Very elegant indeed x

Law whalebone said...

Loving the hints of leopard print, those pumps are so cute. Well you know me and jazzing up things, haha never a problem. Love this cut on you, looking hot lady xx

Mouna said...

I like how the shoes and belt match :) Cute dress!

Chloe Martin-Brown said...

Oh how I love me a black dress, I have a fair collection since it's basically the easiest way to work with the dress code at work. This is a stunner, and it's definitely working hard at £7! My fave one was a sale purchase from ASOS and it's one of those dresses, like yours, that can be pulled on for absolutely anything! Rejoice indeed.

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