The 5 black dresses every girl needs

Hello! Welcome back to stylemewithlove

Hope everybody is doing well and had a fabulous weekend.  As the weather here in the UK was so beautiful I thought it was the perfect opportunity to shoot some new photos for the blog.
This week I decided to do a feature on five staple black dresses perfect for every girl’s wardrobe. Now, this feature is not meant to encourage you all to go and max out your credit cards in the quest for the perfect LBD – I will not be held responsible for any dress debts!  However some of these dresses I am sure most of you will already own and for those of you who don’t this is the perfect guide to the classic styles worth investing in. Some of these dresses I have owned for years and one was bought at the weekend. As I wear my clothes a lot I really think about which pieces are best for me to spend my money on.  I have a range of dresses that were all different price points and different brands. I have styled them with a range of accessories to show the different occasions each of them is perfect for.  I hope you enjoy this feature and it gives you some wardrobe inspiration!

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First on my list of black staple dresses is the ‘workwear dress’.  This dress is perfect for office wear and interviews. It is the ultimate power dress and gives a professional impression as well as the look of ‘I mean business’. When investing in workwear dresses it is important that both the length and tailoring are appropriate. I love the feminine v neck on this Reiss dress, as it doesn’t reveal too much. When styling an office look keep it simple and wear with classic court shoes and a structured handbag, then an awesome watch to add some bling.

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‘The maxi dress’ is a favourite of mine, I have had this one for about a year and bought it from a market in Sydney for around £55. I love maxi dresses for many reasons.  Firstly I love the boho look as it is such a fun summery look that can be glammed up or dressed down. It is easy to wear and perfect for those days when you want something comfortable yet impactful.  Layering three or four necklaces of different lengths can really add that glam boho look to a maxi dress too However if like mine the neckline is better without a necklace try layering rings or a pair of statement earrings.  I love this look for summer evenings and holidays as well as pairing it with a cropped leather to peruse the markets at the weekend.  The perfect day to evening wardrobe staple!

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The famous ‘little black dress’ is a new addition to my wardrobe this weekend.  This off the shoulder slinky number was a steal in the New Look sale for just £9.  I have never owned a dress like this but I thought it was about time when I found this bargain, especially as it fits like a glove. The fit on a dress like this has to be amazing, you need to put it on and feel instantly fabulous and as you can probably tell be my pose in the photo I felt absolutely fab in this dress.  Teaming it with cat eye sun glasses gives it such a classic feel and just by changing up your accessories you can keep reinventing this dress time and time again.  It will take you from first date dinner to Saturday night on the town!

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The ‘occasion dress’ is the one dress that is your back-up plan for any formal occasion from work events to weddings.  The a-line style of this dress is my favourite shape as it suits absolutely all body types and works pretty much anywhere.  It pulls you in at the waist and hides everything underneath, which is most women’s dream.

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My final pick is the ‘party dress’. Short, frilly and perfect for holiday partying.  Teamed with a bright necklace and strappy shoes this look is fun and sexy.  The one I am wearing I bought five years ago from Jack Wills.  It was the perfect investment as it is a classic black silk dress.  The original price was about £100 however I got this heavily discounted as I worked for Jack Wills at the time.  It looks great with bright sandals but also with causal wedges and a denim jacket for a dressed down day to night look.  I love this dress and can’t wait to wear it for a bit of summer partying! Hopefully this glorious weather will make another appearance so I can get some more use out of it.

So there it is – my top five black dresses.  All worth investing in as they are timeless pieces you can wear for years.  I hope this blog post has  either inspired your next investment buys or has just shown you what kind of pieces to look out for in the summer sales.

As always I would love to hear from you with any questions or comments so please leave some.

Thank you so much for reading.

Emily xx

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