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Finding My Staples: Black Dress

The past few months I've completely transformed my wardrobe. Using the minimalist closet inspiration found here and here, as well as my inner desire to declutter and live on fewer-but more practical things, I purged a total of 3 times. I gave away 3 completely full trash bags of clothes and shoes and ugly hats. I then made a list of what I wear, what I could use more of, and what I feel I'm missing. (I'll do a post of all my wardrobe staples soon.) One of the things that stood out that I've been missing for a long while is formal attire. I have a couple skirts, a couple nice blazers, etc; but no combination is properly "formal". Yes, occasions that require formal wear are fairly rare, but they do exist and I'm always caught in the same dilemma of what to wear.

So this morning I woke up on a mission. I was going to find the perfect little black dress. I wasn't completely committed to the color black, but i mean i don't wear any other color so why start now? 

Here were my requirements: 

-Flattering, but not clingy. 

-Comfortable. So nothing too low cut, tight or short.

-Appropriate for weddings but not so fancy I can't dress it down.

-Simple, but unique. 

-Wearable nearly all year round, good with a jacket, etc. 

-Affordable. 

Here were the contenders:

 

from Asos

from Asos

It met almost every requirement and at $53 it was definitely a possiblity. The deal breaker was that the back had the same V as the front and that just wouldn't be comfortable.

 

from ZARA

from ZARA

I liked this one. At first glance it fits all the requirements, but upon closer inspection (zoom) I discovered that it's essentially a sweater dress; which does not fit the all-seasons requirement.

 

from ASOS

from ASOS

This one was a really good option. It would look amazing with a jacket, was neutral but not bland, breezy but not too thin. $41 was even a good number for it. But alas, it's just a little too much ivory for me to feel like it's truly wedding appropriate. 

 

from MANGO

from MANGO

I'm a sucker for a modest wrap front dress, especially one that isn't crazy form fitting in the bodice or skirt. $40 sounds good too. But it's just short enough to not feel comfortable and ew it would look bad in the winter. 

 

But the winner is.....*drum roll* 

This one!!! 

from ASOS

from ASOS

The right length, slightly loose, fitted enough to have a waist but also comfortable, sleeves that work year round, wrap front, black, made of silky viscose, and the cheapest of my options at $37. BAM. Plus I could totally wear this for a more casual dinner, or with my favorite gold necklace and heels to a wedding. It's perfect. Let's just pray that it fits when it arrives.

So that's my story for the day. 

xo, 

Courtney Chilton