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10th Commandment: July 23


Dorothy Perkins Quilted Panel Dress ($59)

Sometimes I search for a 10th Commandment item for hours, but the second I spotted this simple black sheath, I knew it was the one.  The simplicity of the cut makes it the perfect canvas for creating an outfit.

Also at Dorothy Perkins, I found this Billie and Blossom black dress with leather accents.  This capped sleeve dress is also a good choice, and I like this midi-length tube dress a lot, but probably not for work.  My favorite, however, is this $35 dress with a simple black-knot detail.

If you have more money to spend, I like this sleeveless sheath from Hugo Boss a lot.

Plus-size: I found this Tahari dress at Lord & Taylor.  Petite: This simple black dress from Merona is a good choice.



  1. Heather says:

    I’m not sure how I never knew about Dorothy Perkins before, but I’m glad I do now! Can’t wait for my new dress to arrive…

    July 23, 2013/Reply
  2. SLG says:

    Anyone have tips about Dorothy Perkins sizing? It looks like they don’t have free shipping for returns. It would be so nice to know I was ordering the right size, rather than have to ship a dress than didn’t fit back to the UK.

    July 23, 2013/Reply
  3. MidWestChic says:

    Ditto to SLG. I’d love some insight on sizing. I’ve seen MANY clothes I love at DP, but also don’t want to have to ship back to the UK.

    July 23, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      The size chart says I am a 4/UK8. This is a lie. I go up to the UK10/6 and take in the bust on one out of three pieces. When in doubt, go up, and if you like it, tailor it.

      July 23, 2013/Reply
      • SLG says:

        Good to know. Thanks!

        July 23, 2013/Reply
  4. Lynn says:

    dumb question, but what is the meaning behind 10th commandment?

    July 23, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      It’s sort of a play on “Thou Shalt Not Covet” by pairing covetous pricey pieces with less expensive, attainable fashions.

      July 23, 2013/Reply
  5. Erin H says:

    I have the petite merona dress in 2 colors (black and blue) and I love it! It’s super flattering and well-cut.

    July 23, 2013/Reply
  6. Heather says:

    I’m reporting back on the quality of the Billie and Blossom black dress with faux leather accents from Dorothy Perkins. It’s a matte jersey fabric and fits really well. It feels like it will breathe and transition nicely weather-wise. It was definitely a great grab at $35 when you consider that there was no tax and the shipping was about $12 or free when you spend $50. So, instead of spending $47 for the shipped dress, I spent $50 and got the dress, a pair of socks, and two skinny belts. VERY happy.

    August 5, 2013/Reply
  7. Heather says:

    Oh, SLG, there WAS a return label in my package, so I could have sent it back… don’t know if the cost of the shipping would have been taken off my refund, though.

    August 5, 2013/Reply
  8. Sara says:

    I am “behind the times”, but I am excited because I ordered the “knot dress” (and a few tops) on sale and I am hoping that it fits. I am excited to see it when it comes. I looked at the returns, and it looks like you can return it and get a refund as long as you send things back within two weeks and as long as they are still in pristine shape. Looks like a great company and I loved looking at the clothes on the site. Thank you for sharing!

    August 8, 2013/Reply