Our Little Black Dress Style for Everyday
Quote of the day: “There is nothing so easily remade as our definitions of ourselves.” Dinaw Mengestu
I loved this quote because if you’re anything like me, you categorize your clothing. Which means your black dress style is saved for dressy events and occasions. And we certainly styled our little black dress this way for the spring season.
Yet it’s not too crazy to be able to make our clothing items more versatile by wearing them for other days also. If you’re someone who loves to simplify or are travelling, then this idea may float your boat.
The three of us experimented with casual outfits with these same dresses for the summer, fall, and winter previously. In our experiences, the footwear choice seems to make a huge difference along with the type of items you layer with the dress. But you tell me? Is it out of your comfort zone or would you try it?
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I tend to think denim or chambray when I work to make my black dress style more casual.
When I was in LA working on an upcoming video with Catherine (which I will hopefully be able to share in the next week or so), Catherine gave me this Chico’s jacket. I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d wear it at first, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it goes with everything in my closet. It’s longer than most pieces I gravitate towards, but that’s a great example of how it can be good to try items you wouldn’t normally try.
One of the other ways, I worked to make my outfit more everyday, was adding in this baseball cap. Of course, it’s another way to cover my bad hair day, but I think it tones down the dressiness also.
There are a variety of baseball caps with interest nowadays that aren’t sports team related. For example there’s the metallic variety, a summery print variety, tweed, and gingham. Then again if you’re a DIY fan, you could even take an old baseball cap you already have and embellish it like this one.
My wonderful knitting friend gifted me this necklace for helping her with a knitting project.
She found it at the thrift store, and she knows I love a great pre loved item anytime.
You can also see that I layered a black shirt under my little black dress for warmth. Hopefully from far away it just looks like a normal neckline, but up close it’s more obviously 2 pieces. This is a trick I used to do many days at work. I would layer a short sleeve or long sleeve inexpensive shirt under my silk tank tops. Then I would only need to launder the cheap t-shirt which was easier and less expensive.
I wore the rain boots since spring can mean lots of rain for some areas of the country. Personally, I’ve never had rain boots because Denver is not a rainy place. However, I purchased this pair at a thrift store last year since I knew we’d be visiting Alaska soon. And I’ve been surprised at how good they are for the sloppiness of when the snow melts too.
The advantage of rain boots over snow boots is that the rain boots aren’t as heavy in warmth or weight if that’s an issue for you. And the second hand stores seem to have some every now and again. If you would rather have them new, there are versions under $40 like a pom pom pair, or a short floral pair.
Dress: Beau David-thrifted (similar here)~~Jacket: Chicos c/o (here)~~Boots: thrifted (similar here)~~Necklace: thrifted (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy started putting together this outfit with her footwear.
She purchased these blush sneakers last year and has worn the heck out of them. The blush trend is still going strong so getting some blush footwear would still be a great idea. You could opt for the loafer, the mule, a sandal, or even an ankle boot. The nice thing about blush, is for many of us it looks like a nude shoe but with a tad of color.
Nancy even accessorized with both a scarf and a necklace. I think this is an easy way to wear a scarf without much craziness about how to tie it. We ended up knotting the ends so it wouldn’t be too long. But the best part is if the weather got chilly, Nancy could undo the knots and wrap it around her neck for warmth. Even if she covered up the necklace, it wouldn’t matter.
You have to check out Nancy’s new watch.
It’s actually a paper watch that she just found at the Denver Art Museum gift shop. Since many of you still wear a watch daily, why not pick out a fun one? And I love that watches don’t have to be expensive.
The layer that Nancy put over her little black dress is a grey cardigan. Nancy is the hugest fan of pink and grey together, in fact, she styled these two colors together for her Easter outfit. Since your black dress is a neutral, then any other colors or combination will work with it.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: My mom chose her white denim jacket to pair with her black dress.
She actually made this jacket, and since she didn’t have enough material for a full jacket, she used some other material for the sleeves. And then decorated the front with these turquoise buttons. It’s such a unique piece that always gets a ton of compliments from people. It’s been on the blog before with our Western Wear theme with turquoise jewerly.
You can see that my mom almost always pairs her turquoise jewelry with this jacket because the buttons have turquoise in them. This kind of jewelry is certainly classic and works no matter where you live.
As for the footwear, my mom chose her plaid sneakers.
The funny thing about these sneakers is she picked them up at the drug store many years ago. They certainly don’t have a lot of support in them, but if we were walking a lot, she could always add in her orthodics or inserts.
I do intend to try our Jambu sneakers with skirts or dresses sometime this summer. The Jambu sneakers were extremely comfortable for a day of walking. And even though the first time we tried our athletic shoes with skirts, it wasn’t the most popular idea for many women, I still think it can work.
Another item that would work as your purse and seem less dressy would be a backpack. And the backpacks nowadays can be more fun and less utilitarian. For example, if you’re a fan of polka dots, floral or embellishment, then any of these would be fun.
If you’ve never been to Colorado, here is a glimpse at the lovely mountains, even though it was a cloudy day.
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Sneakers are a perfect way to casualize your black dress style, and they have so many fun options available.