It has honestly surprised me how much I love this basic black silk dress from The White Label Project. Everyone always says that you need a simple black dress in your closet, and now I know why…
It’s the perfect blank canvas. My other black dresses all have some detail that makes them stand out (which is great in a different way, but doesn’t always offer the versatility in styling). I have worn this dress four times to work already this school year and have countless more styling options I’m ready to try out for winter. Here is a simple look where I kept my accessories to a minimum. I also created three different styles for this dress in the warmer months.
I am all about getting mileage out of the pieces I add to my wardrobe and this dress has exceeded my expectations. Here are a few looks I am excited to wear during the cooler months that span all types of social and life situations.
I love the ‘protection’ the sweatshirt layer offers from getting sticky fingers and drool on the silk. I didn’t think I’d wear this dress around the kids for that reason, but the layering option has changed that. I added some easy sneakers for weekend errands and hanging out with my family and an extra jacket for varying fall temps to make this a functional and comfortable look.
Tights, booties, and a scarf are a great way to take any dress into the cooler months. I love the subtle print and bit of color the scarf adds, while the cognac booties bring in some warm tones. And no, I don’t wear a hat to school, but I could easily throw it on for errands after work.
Scarf (old from Nordstrom) / Boots (old from Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse) / Hat (old from Old Navy)
As if I have one?! We don’t have many dressy social engagements on our calendar, but this is my dress up ‘formula’. 1) Start with a dress. 2) Add a statement necklace. 3) Throw on some heels. 4) Grab a fun bag. 5) Have fun!
Clutch (Purple Peridot) / Shoes (old from Target) / Necklace (old from Ebay)
Now that I’m not set on a fixed number of items in my closet, I try to be more aware of how far a new addition is going to go in my wardrobe. As much of a thrill as I used to get from scoring a great deal on the clearance rack, I now find from creating new ways to wear items I already own.