Fashion Outfits

Outfitting || Wardrobe Staples: The Black Dress

This was one of the dresses in my wardrobe that I never quite had the confidence to wear. I thought maybe it didn’t suit me, maybe it didn’t flatter me or show of “my best assets” (insert one million eye rolls). Maybe it didn’t fit me right, or it gave me Madonna pointy boobs. I try to ignore them, but the old magazine advice headlines “Don’t cut off your legs at the thickest part!” “Don’t wear flats with a longer skirt!” stick in my head like demons to bat off my shoulder. But after doing a massive minimisation of my wardrobe it survived for one reason.

I like it. I feel like it really fits in to a personal style that I’ve developed for myself. I’ve never really got comfortable with super tight clothing. You couldn’t get me in a bandage dress for a dare. And in my college years I would have been embarrassed by it. I would have thought it would be scoffed at for not dressing to “show off” my figure. It was a pair of mom jeans, strangely, that helped me turn that corner. Longtime readers might know, the saggier the better in my opinion: I love them. So roomy, so comfy – I even buy them bigger to make them saggier. My butt most definitely looks horrendous but I absolutely don’t care.

That was my style changing point: I got rid of anything that I dreaded putting on because I wasn’t comfortable in them and relished all the things that I thought were too “aging” like chunky kitten heels over stilettos.

So here it is, a not so little black dress that I now love. I call it “my grown up LBD”. I wear it like this with jewellery for fancy occasions, or throw on a denim jacket and flats for a more casual look. When Sam and I went to the interactive Gatsby play a few weeks ago, I even jazzed it up and wore some accessories to make it suit a 20s flapper look. These aren’t the best outfit photos I’ve ever taken; my hair is frizzy because of the drizzling rain and I got massive goosebumps halfway through. But I’m trying hard to ignore nonsense imperfections because hey, I have a dress that I really love.

Dress || Shoes || Lipstick 

What’s your take on the little black dress? 

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  • I’m all for comfortable style too! The dress looks lovely on you. xxx

  • I know that feeling all to well, of never wanting to sacrifice comfort in favour of fashion. The dress looks good an it is always a bonus when its versatile.

    • Versatile is what I try to look for – otherwise things just sit in my closet and I never wear them. (Maybe I need some fancier occasions in my life ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Thanks Crystal! x

  • You look SO lovely! The red lip is so nice on you and YESSSSSS for personal style that makes us happy rather than “look flattering”.

    I’m thoroughly enjoying the York cobbled alleyways in these as well haha!! xx

    Little Miss Katy

    • Aww thanks Katy! Haha, it’s the alleyway in our neighbourhood which certainly makes taking photos a bit more convenient! x

  • 1. I doubt your butt has ever looked horrendus in anything. Your butt is the kind of butt that adapts to new situations and sees them as an opportunity to booty dance.
    2. This is lovely on you, very much a 1920s flapper look more than a Madonna pointy boobs dealy.

    I’ve always liked how your style is very “vintage” without looking like a costume. Like, it’s not old fashioned, because that implies that something looks dated, whereas you walk that line between “style” and “fashion” firmly on the style side but you never do anything to piss off fashion either. It all works together on you.

    Does this make any sense? It’s harder to articulate than I imagined XD

    • Haha, no it makes sense. Sometimes I worry that some of my outfits can be a bit costume-y. I mean, I chose not to wear the feather boa with this dress, but I could have ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of the one boob look when I rock it comes from not wearing a bra and just letting the ladies be free. They like freedom and I hate bras so its a pretty good deal.

      Mom jeans truly aren’t a friend to my butt but they are so damn comfy that I will wear them until they fall off my body. When I was wearing them this summer around my brother, he (who never notices any clothes at all), asked the all important question “what the f&?!@ are you wearing?” Pure comfort, bro, pure comfort. x

  • Everything @frankiethemayfairy:disqus said.

    I love the side detailing on this dress, it’s so pretty!

  • I like it, too! So adorable! +the shoes +the happy vibes you spread in the pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx finja |

  • I love this dress – its so classy and sophisticated! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Love the dress, it’s simple and classy! Love the photos too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kayleigh |

  • Nice I wish at times I had the figure for such dresses but I don’t so I try to dress for the figure I have not the figure I wish I had

    • I fully support dressing for yourself at the moment. I think it helps relieve pressure and encourages you to be healthier at embracing yourself instead of always hoping to be or look different.

  • This is such a gorgeous post – I love it! Absolutely beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Layla xx

  • Laura Torninoja

    What a beautiful dress! I love the look of the material and the quirky little details – so cute!

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • You look so cute working out that dress! I love the little detail on the side, too.

  • I think the most important things about clothes is that you feel good in them, being confident in an outfit is much more telling than whether it is the most flattering for your body & who cares anyway- you look great!

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  • Amanda, I think you look lovely, because you look happy and confident in it. That little bow detail is darling :). I’m starting to like the baggy style more too!

  • Ala

    I think you look so elegant and chic – it’s a gorgeous dress and you wear it so well! I think it’s so important to be comfortable in what we wear – something I recently realised I was doing a bit too much of so I’ve had to step back and smarten up a bit because I’m realising it’s nice to look nice ha! Anyway, go for it girl! x

    • I always think you look lovely. I think you’re truly someone who has their own “style” instead of just blindly following fashion and I LOVE it! x

  • You are right – magazines give such conflicting advice. I suppose it just depends on what they are trying to sell that season! x

  • Thanks Josie! (it was an ASOS nab originally). Hope you’re well! x

  • I absolutely love this dress! I admit I buy far too many things thinking I can “pull it off” and then chicken out and never wear them. This is such a beautiful and chic dress! I’m glad you were able to step out of your comfort zone a bit and take it out for a spin!

  • CheezNRice woman, you are, like, totally the classiest friend I have. You look so DAMN chic! I love it and think it makes you look amazing. Definitely a

  • Miu

    The most important part when choosing clothing is definitely that we feel comfortable in it. And when we do, we can wear it with so much confidence that nobody will ever dare to say something bad about it!