I recently wrote a blog about the Little Black Dress.” In my opinion, very few people can wear black well, however, the idea of that “go to” dress is a great concept. This got me thinking of what I could add to my wardrobe as my version of the LBD.
As you can tell by my picture, I am very fair with cool coloring. Black is much too harsh for me to wear. I decided I want to add a simple sheath dress in a medium gray. Charcoal, like black, is too harsh while soft gray, though a great color on me, doesn’t have enough impact for business. It needs to be medium gray. (Most people can wear gray but someone with warm coloring should choose a warm gray.) I want a jacket that coordinates with the dress but doesn’t exactly match. Worn with the dress, a perfect business look is achieved. The jacket adds mileage to my wardrobe by pairing with different slacks and skirts. It eliminating the necessity of dry cleaning both jacket and dress together to avoid color differentiation.
For a women’s luncheon or church, I can top my dress with my red, raw silk jacket. A little more casual look can be achieved by adding a plum cardigan, belting it at the waist. Of course, this dress can be accented by jewelry for different occasions. I have a multi strand seed-pearl necklace with a ruby clasp. Add matching earrings and it’s perfect for evening. A long strand of pearls, doubled, gives more of a daytime look. My deep mauve Pashmina serves as the perfect wrap.
Pair the dress with my soft pink leather jacket, which needs to be worn closed, and no one would realize that this is that little gray dress. My medium blue, long cardigan ruffled around the neck and down the front can add another completely different look.
Well, you get the idea. This little dress is limited only by your imagination. Naturally, you will want to change shoes and purse for achieving different looks. And, if you are traveling, you have many different looks that you can pack in your carry-on. Now that I have written this, I’m convinced. I am headed out to find my perfect little gray dress!