31 Bloggers, 1 Little Black Dress

A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in “The Little Black Dress Tours America.”  The event, hosted by Society Stylist, asked 31 bloggers to style a basic black dress to suit their own sense of style.  

The dress in question was a shirred shirtdress from Ann Taylor (if you like the dress you can save 20% on it here).  I thought the dress was really cute on its own, but styling it proved to be a bit of a challenge.  But I was happy with the final product, even if we had to employ some strategic Blackberry placement to protect my secret identity.

As for my favorite look so far, I love how Lilliana from Cheap Chica styled her dress.  My original idea included a ruffle vest from J. Crew, but the dress wasn’t available.  And thank goodness, because Lilliana’s vest look was so cute, I’m not sure I would have been able to compete!

If you’d like to see how I styled the little black dress, head over to the Society Stylist to see all the looks from the past 12 days.  

For being a participant in The Little Black Dress, I received the Ann Taylor dress free of charge.  However, I was not compensated with a monetary payment.  But a free dress is a free dress right?


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  1. A says:

    I have this dress and it is VERY flattering. Would definitely recommend.

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  2. Allison says:

    Belle, love the way you styled the dress. Perfectly work-appropriate for working in DC, but also cute enough to wear out for dinner/drinks with friends after work. My second favorite styling was Jennifer's version, from Chasing Louboutin.

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  3. R says:

    Love your styling! So simple and creative.

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  4. Dr. Jean Grey says:

    The styling looks cute on Belle, but I'm pretty sure the dudes in my office would think I was a crazy lady for wearing two dresses.

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  5. Katherine says:

    I would have never thought of the dress layering idea but it works! I didn't like how some of the other bloggers basically just covered up the top half of the dress. That seems to defeat the point as they might as well have just been wearing a black skirt.

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  6. Jaime says:

    Great job Belle! You definitely get top marks for the challenge. The other submissions didn't seem to embrace the dress in the way you did. Cool pic too….

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  7. L says:

    I do like this look — I do. But how realistic is it to layer dresses? I mean, don't you start adding a lot of bulk very quickly? Or spend all day adjusting and readjusting to keep the look together?

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  8. Jessica says:

    That dress is gorgeous!
    and with all those different styling ideas, even more reason to buy it. restraint, restraint….

    I agree, belle's idea is really fun and different. I also like the San Francisco one.

    August 12, 2010/Reply
  9. Lilliana says:

    You look so cute!! LOVE your styling idea! Thanks for the shoutout! ­čÖé

    August 13, 2010/Reply
  10. clo*bee says:

    Belle's style is by far my favorite!

    August 18, 2010/Reply