When the majority of your wardrobe is black, sometimes it can be hard to make certain items stand out. I think this is why I typically favour a slogan t-shirt with 90% of outfits, an interesting silhouette when I’m feeling particularly confident, or if I’m being really experimental I might even clash a few different textures together. I know, shock horror.
One thing I don’t tend to experiment with however, is the humble LBD (Little Black Dress). Now I think that this is probably because, for the most part, there isn’t a huge amount you can do with an LBD. Sure you can style it with bold accessories, and you can play around with silhouettes but ultimately it is going to still be a black dress – or at least it is when you look at the dresses in my wardrobe but maybe that’s just because I’m slightly predictable (boring) in my choices.
That is, until I stumbled into Zara last year and happened upon this 1920’s flapper inspired beauty and fell in love. Not only is it undeniably gorgeous with its swooshy fabric (yes that is a technical term) but I really love the subtle details in the piping around the neckline and the crossover straps at the back. The straps actually kinda remind me of a dress I had a few years ago with the most beautiful back ever but that had a really unfortunate habit of falling open and exposing my chest at inopportune moments.
I’ve come to wear it a few times in recent months only to put it back on the hanger and decide that maybe it wasn’t the right time, or that it didn’t look good on me, however when it came to deciding what I wanted to shoot a few weekends ago it was like a huge flashing neon sign was hung above it screaming “pick me pick me”. I felt fabulous in it, it made me confident and I felt like I could rock up to Jay Gatsby’s and be the life and soul of the party and it was then that I realised that this was what I wanted from a dress these days. It might not be the most flattering thing in the world, and on my short frame maybe it’s a little long, but the way it made me feel when combined with my little Zara sandals and Victoria Beckham sunglasses was worth every penny.
Am I ready to go super bold with my LBD choices? Probably not, but if it comes to a subtle swoosh then I’m officially a convert.
Dress: Zara | Shoes: Zara | Sunglasses: Victoria Beckham
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