Not So Basic Black Dresses
I am not a boring dresser, I like color and interest in my clothing choice. With that said, everyone (myself included) needs a black dress. Black dresses take you everywhere with little to no effort. It can be worn in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. All you need to do is change your stockings and your shoes and you are good to go. On one memorable evening I wore a black dress to PTA, a Bar Mitzvah, and a wedding (I wore a coat at PTA!). The following is a collection of black dresses to take you from your Shabbos table to a black-tie event. These dresses are anything but boring. Although they are black, they have a certain something to them.
This dress is pricey, it is definitely for an occasion. I love the lace detail and the shape of the dress. This dress is something special.
I love the shape of this dress. If you have a small waist and want to show it off, this dress will look amazing on you. The fabric is so silky, it literally floats. This dress is very versatile, you can wear it to a kiddush Shabbos morning up to and including a wedding.
This dress is a deceptively simple knitted black dress. Although the fabric is plain, it has so much interest. The asymmetric pleated bottom adds an extra something. All you need is a pair of heels, and necklace and you are good to go.
This dress is a very basic style and fabric. What pulls me about it is the length and the flow of the fabric. Again, this dress is basic enough to wear in your house Friday night but you can also pop into a wedding with this and fit right in.
This is a knit dress that has tons of detail and a very nice fit. This is great dress to wear to a Vort, Bar Mitzvah, Dinner, or a first date.
Do you want to wear black but also not wear black? This is that dress! I love the neck detail, silky fabric and pop of color. This dress is very classy and sophisticated.
The smocked bodice with matching cuffs gives this dress a lot of detail. It has a gorgeous silky fabric and the skirt has a wonderful flow. From your house to an affair, this dress does it all.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this dress, the detail, the style etc. etc.. But this dress is not for the faint of heart. I see this on a younger woman / girl for a special occasion. Though the fabric is a polished cotton, the layers and detail keep it in the dressy range.
This dress is everything! The slip styling is all the rage, the white v shape gives an illusion of a waist even though this dress isn’t waisted. Classy and sophisticated, this dress stands out.
This dress is at a cheaper price point. It is a very simple dress but the knotted front gives it style. Though this dress is super basic, it can be dressed up too.
So, this dress is not all black and neither is it basic. It has a fun star print and a great shape. This dress is youthful and slim fitting.
This dress is a bit on the wintery side. I love how it is casual and dressy all at once. The lace detailing gives it a dressy vibe while the turtleneck dresses it down a bit. I can picture this dress on a kallah for Friday night Shabbos Sheva Brochos.
I have this dress, and with some minor alterations it has become my magic dress. I wear it endlessly to weddings, vorts, or just a Shabbos morning seuda at home. This dress hides a lot, and it has great movement. Style with a turtleneck for the winter, can be worn with a black shell in the summer.
A couple of notes on dress shopping:
Though some of these dresses are pricey, I consider a black dress an investment piece, you will get a lot of use out of it.
If these dresses are not in your price range (which is totally understandable), keep an eye on them, everything goes on sale at some point.
Be brave, sheer stockings are in. Throw on a pair of black sheer stockings to take your dress to the next level.
Buy yourself a long strand of pearls, you can wear it long or double it over. They will stand out on a black dress, and make your whole outfit into a vibe (I will have an accessories blog in the future).