“Everyone needs a little black dress in their wardrobe…” Words probably passed down from generation to generation for the last five decades. There’s a reason it’s a closet staple, transcending style and age, and why it’s always a fall-back when all else fails: the simplicity of the shape, elegance of the colour and timeless appeal of the overall look is suited to whatever occasion your diary happens to be throwing at you. Most of my twenties were spent investing in LBD after LBD, to the point where I was always seen in about five favourite dresses I had on rotation; over the years, as I started to get more adventurous with colour and print, my black dresses were replaced with all number of other designs and I gradually started to forget how amazing a well-fitting LBD can make you feel… Until now.
My days of mini dresses may be over, but my love for midi and maxis is here to stay – and this Navabi* dress is so effortlessly timeless and elegant that I know it’ll be making an appearance at all number of social occasions for years to come. Not only is it cut beautifully with heavy fabric that makes you feel like you’re wearing something special, but the longer length sleeves and pleating around the waist ensure it’s super flattering to curves. I adore the just-above-the-ankle length, allowing a statement shoe just to subtly pop through, and the pockets keep it fresh and practical simultaneously.
(Seriously, why don’t more dresses have pockets?!)
When the dress is this cute you need only understated accessories to finish the look, but I couldn’t resist adding a statement hairband to keep it feeling on-trend. Right now they’re my go-to way to update any look, adding interest to your face and height to your hair in a way that’s super easy to wear and incredibly affordable too – this was only £14.99 from New Look! The flower detailing is metallic, making it almost feel like a tiara, while the little jewels add a subtle amount of sparkle; it’s the perfect piece to wear this Autumn, especially if you have any parties or weddings coming up.
I’m obsessed with it almost as much as my new dress…
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Navabi Pleated Ponte Jersey Dress** | £107.00 | LINK*
Next Black Sandals | £30.00 | SIMILAR HERE*
Coast Leatherette Clutch Bag | £40.00 | SIMILAR HERE*
Adexe Silver Watch** | £98.00 | LINK*
New Look Flower Embellished Hairband | £14.99 | LINK*
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