Back to black

Afycollection

 

Black Dress / One Shoulder Dress / LBD / Little Black Dress / Pencil Dress / Prom Dress / Party Dress / 330 / marcellamoda - MD003

marcellamoda

 

laminuinette

 

black pleated long dress/ elegant and minimalist/ urban look and simple/ evening dress

yennodiusstudio

 

simple A line linen dress with your choice of sleeve length made to order listing

linenclothingbyanny

 

custom linen bottle spiral dress made to fit listing

linenclothingbyanny

 

Black Kaftan/Asymmetrical Tunic/ Black Dress/Black Casual Kaftan/ Party Dress/Dress/One Shoulder Dress/F1470

FloAtelier

 

After years of snubbing the color that is all colors in favor of the bright and bold, I absolutely cannot get enough of black (is anyone else ogling Michelle Obama’s style, especially the dress she wore in her latest appearance covered by the media?). Most of the dresses featured in this post are made to order to your measurements with very responsive shop owners. This is great news for petites or anyone hard to fit! Is there a black dress you can’t live without?

Etsy faves: true vintage 70s edition

Vintage dress on Etsy

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite true 1970s vintage finds available now on Etsy in small sizes.

Belted puff sleeve v-neck LBD dress

Black and white avante garde maxi dress

Red silk midi dress

 

Feathered off-the-shoulder maxi evening dress

Orange backless halter maxi dress with ruffled neckline

High-waisted black gunne sax skirt

 

Vintage 70s Daisy Picnic Boho Ruffle Wrap Skirt // Long Maxi Checkered Plaid Skirt

Geometric print wrap maxi skirt

 

Levi’s high-waisted plaid wide leg pants

Emerald green velvet shirt dress (that could double as a duster coat)

Shiny black wide leg halter jumpsuit

 

Tie-waist mini shirt dress in mod tree print

 

Tiered black floral spaghetti strap dress

Luis Esteves silver mermaid wrap evening gown

High waisted Wrangler jeans

Sears Polynesian print midi dress

Wrap style LBD wiggle dress

 

Navy blue belted Albert Nipon dress

Wanted: the perfect petite jumpsuit

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I think I am the only person on earth that doesn’t own a jumpsuit at this point, and I like that they have finally expanded from ultra casual adult onesies with elasticized hems and drawstring waists to more tailored outfits.

I was reading the reviews for Gap’s Sleeveless TENCEL Culotte Jumpsuit, which is offered in petite and tall and black, white, and a vibrant red-orange, and reserved it in-store in the regular sizing immediately (because they do not carry petite or tall sizing). The reviews describe this as short in the torso, narrow in the bust, and running a little small and short. Normally I would pass just at the sight of the word “tencel”, but reviewers weren’t strongly opposed to the fabric, and some were quite enthusiastic about the overall style and silhouette. Sounded like it had real potential since it seemed to run small.

I tried the regular version of my petite size (the latter which is sometime too large for me). I didn’t mind the tencel-linen blend fabric, and love that it can supposedly be machine washed. I didn’t mind the v-neck. It took me forever to figure out how to get into this thing through the side zip, which was a recurring gripe for a lot of reviewers. You have to unzip it and then step into it from the top, and if you do that, the side zip is actually better than a back zip in that you don’t have to stretch and contort your arms to zip up the zipper all the way.

My main issues with this piece are that the waist sits lower than true waist (more like where a mid-rise jean might hit), there is a lot of fabric in the leg area, and even though I am petite in stature the inseam is quite cropped (like mid to low thigh) in regular sizing and I think that might be a little too trendy to qualify this piece as timeless.

I don’t know if I want to size down to petite sizing because I like the longer inseam of the regular (do I really want a just below-the-knee jumpsuit as pictured in the product photos?), and the looser fit. If this could be taken up at the shoulders, the waist would be in the right place for me, but doing so makes the armhole openings uncomfortably small. Therein lies the main problem. If I saw that I could take this up at the shoulders, I probably would have purchased it.

If I can fit into regular sizing this well, this piece runs surprisingly small relative to typical Gap sizing. You may want to consider sizing up, maybe even more than one size.

I really like the deep v-neck, which wasn’t too deep this time. It is very reminiscent of those 1920s day dresses with straight, shapeless silhouettes. Love. I’m also really loving wider tie-waist belts right now and tailored wide leg trousers. Very 1970s. It’s interesting to me to see these details combined into one outfit. I think it could be very versatile, just not for me. And I agree with another reviewer that it should have a full length pant, or maybe ankle cropped inseam.

It’s wonderful to see a piece with more tailoring. I’m so sick of stretchy, knit, cheaply made everything in twenty versions of the same silhouette each with small differences in details each season.

Speaking of stretchy knits sans tailoring, I tried this Wrap-belt Midi Dress while in store in regular sizing and it hit at the ankle for me in length in regular sizing. I just wasn’t that much of a fan of the skirt hem, and the top half didn’t really fit that well (cut for taller person, large gaping armholes, broad wide shoulders). I won’t be pursuing it in petite sizing.

I also tried the Softspun Midi Skirt in regular sizing. It ran slightly wide in the waist, but hit at a flattering, on-trend length just below the knee. If you need a black pencil skirt at an affordable price or like the idea of a tailored, more formal piece in a casual fabric (so J.Crew), this is a good candidate. I did not care for the gray colorway at all – a very casual color on a casual knit fabric limits the versatility of the pencil skirt silhouette and in my opinion completely defeats the purpose of having a pencil skirt in a knit jersey (that, in black, could be dressed up or down).

Where did you get your most versatile jumpsuit, or are you still on the hunt like me, or are you skipping this trend entirely? How about midi dresses and skirts?

Old Navy picks May 2017

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Old Navy is hitting the trendy nail on its head with increasing accuracy, but I have to start this post with the Linen-Blend Blazer in black, pictured above, which is pretty classic. I’ve been searching for a black boyfriend blazer for an eternity, probably at least in part because higher-end tailored options are too dressy for my casual environment. The linen fabric of this one makes the classic silhouette more casual. Available in regular sizing only, I was still able to achieve a reasonably good fit that may be enhanced by clever laundering. Most noticeably, the sleeves are much too long, but hemming the sleeves is a minor alteration. The blazer fits on the boxier end of the spectrum and hits around the hip in length. It looks very J.Crew over jeans with a baseball cap and could also work over leggings or a pencil skirt.

I believe the Off-the-shoulder cutwork top was once available online in Petite sizing but is now sold out. The lace detail at the sleeves is a nice touch and the off-shoulder design is trendy and flattering. This was my favorite off-shoulder style of the current options available.

The Crochet-Yoke top looks better in person and is an easy silhouette to wear to work that flatters many body types. If you are in the market for a simple machine washable black sleeveless top, this one may fit the bill. This was my favorite sleeveless top of the current options.

The Twill Field Jacket is back again. A nice and affordable option if you still have this unfilled niche in your closet.

None of the dresses are really wow-ing me. My favorite is the Tie-Waist Midi Shirt Dress. It comes in black and olive, the latter being a much greener color than the tan hue pictured on the product page. The olive colorway is actually a very pretty green that is striking with a nude shoe, but I would not call it olive. I don’t think either color is sheer. In general I like the loose fit with a clearly defined waist that this style was going for. The length in particular is longer than shown on the models for petite sizing based on the size I tried. I didn’t mind that, but I think this dress runs slightly large in every direction. I didn’t care much for the flimsy and thin 100% rayon fabric. I don’t know if it would shrink or not in the wash and it doesn’t have a lot of structure to it. Overall, great if it can work for you, versatile and on-trend.

I’ve been eying the Swim Kaftan Cover-up for a while now, but have resigned to limping along an old one from years ago. This one looks so chic in black and cute in the leafy print version. Can’t speak to sizing, but the fabric is 100% cotton and has a nice feel to it. Currently sold out in the smallest petite sizes, but I’d check back for pop-ups.

What are your favorites at Old Navy right now?