A Blank Canvas: Black Silk Dress

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.

Mom Life

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.

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denim jacket (old from Old Navy) / sweatshirt (James Perse via Poshmark) / Adidas (secondhand via Poshmark) / watch (c/o JORD, giveaway here)

Work Life

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.

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Scarf (old from Nordstrom) / Boots (old from Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse) / Hat (old from Old Navy)

Social Life

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!

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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.

Do you have a simple black dress? Or another color? What are your favorite ways to wear dresses in winter?

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4 Comments

    1. I’ve never worn dresses much in the winter, but this one has definite possibilities. I’d probably wear it mostly as a tunic over knit pants or leggings, but I like the idea that it could go solo for dressy occasions.

      1. Anne,
        I love the idea of styling it as more of a tunic – I may try it with skinny jeans and a long cardigan! Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Can I ask what size you are wearing? (And maybe what your measurements are or what size clothes you typically wear?) I love this dress, but am curious about size before ordering. Thanks!

      1. Hi Erin,
        I got the medium in the dress. I’m a 6/8 and 5’2″ tall (about 135). The fit is perfect except the sleeves are tad long. Eventually I’ll have them shortened, but for now I just roll them back once and it’s no problem.

        I hope that helps – please let me know if you have any other questions! The dress has become one of my favorites – it’s so easy to wear and it feels soooo good!

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