Ask Belle: One dress to rule them all?
Dec 22, 2015
I started reading your blog because you love dresses. They’re the best. Most bloggers don’t get that…or maybe they just want me to buy all the pieces their wearing and up their commission…I don’t know.
Anyway, I need one dress to take on a business trip. Preferably black. Needs to go day-to-night, and needs to able to be dressed down for casual wear. Does this miracle exist?
Have a Merry Christmas! Kathleen
Ah, fashion multi-tasters, they’re the best. But they are oh-so hard to find. Here are a couple of dresses that could work.
Afraid a wrap will be too showy for work? Buy it one size bigger. My DvF wrap gives me more coverage in the larger size, and since I can just cinch it tighter, never looks too big. (It also helps conceal holiday binge-eating, just saying.)
You can pin the sash up and cover it with a wide black belt, like this O-Ring Belt from Ralph Lauren. Then, add a blazer for a chic work look.
For evening, I would add a sexy sandal, like this one by Carvela Gosh, and some cool jewelry. I think big earrings always dress up an outfit because they’re close to your face, so when people are looking at you, you look more dressed up. These cluster earrings from Oliver + Piper are cool. I also like these pretty Kate Spade ‘Clink of Ice’ earrings.
If you’re not feeling the wrap look, MM. LaFleur makes a few dresses that could work. The Annabel (also in petite) would be my main suggestion. It’s made of a stretchy jersey so it can be easily dressed up or down for different occasions.