Here are a few photos from a shoot I did several years ago using a little black dress. Simple minor accessory changes take it from work to evening.
This is perfect for work with a great vintage gold belt. Add a smart jacket and you are all business.
Quick change artist...lose the belt and add a rhinestone brooch and bracelet. You are ready for a nice dinner, the theater, or whatever. Keep your classic pumps or exchange them for some strappy metallic sandals.
This little black dress came from Shabby Apple. Unfortunately, they no longer carry it. However, you can find the same "Classic Ashley" dress at http://www.jenclothing.com/ and http://www.stopstaringclothing.com/ Beware...this is a very form fitting dress! I don't suggest this particular style dress for a curvy woman. Try something slightly A-line instead.
FYI on dressing for the workplace... Make sure your little black dress is loose enough and long enough to be office appropriate. There should be absolutely no visible cleavage. And if your little black dress doesn't have sleeves, plan to wear a jacket at work. (When it is appropriate for men to go to work sleeveless, then women can too. Being sleeveless at the office is a real "authority" killer!)
I posted this photo back in July, but I didn't give you any details. And it is a perfect example of a current trend....crisp WHITE COLLARS. My inspiration was an editorial in some magazine featuring a very similar Dior suit. No high priced suit here. This is a thrifted vintage 1940's version with padded shoulders and white button accents. I love the high collar white blouse worn with the trim fitting jacket and longer skirt. It's a great classy "school marm" look.
Accessories include long leather gloves and a pearl bracelet (both thrifted), herringbone tights, and black bowed pumps with white piping. I love the location and the model's pensive expression. Makes you wonder about "the rest of the story." Photo by Dirk Olsen. Note: The suit is for sale at my etsy boutique.
Check out this gorgeous pewter, crinkled satin wrap blouse. The ruffles frame the face perfectly. Plus they add volume in the bust area, for those of us who could use a little help. It looks fabulous paired with basic black pants or a skirt. For the more dramatic personality, I added a black beaded skirt.
Photos by Dirk Olsen. Styling by Lisa Byrd Thomas.
I recently did a post about new trends in pants, specifically the 70's flare and the wide leg. Here is a photo from shoot I did using some fabulous wide leg pants. The outfit includes a bodice fitting scoop neck vest, a silky herringbone print blouse, a chain and leather belt, strappy platforms, square face watch, and a chunky gold bangle...a wonderful menswear look with a very feminine touch.
This outfit proves that dressing glamorous doesn't have to be complicated. For this shoot, I chose a fabulous navy blue sequined top, skinny black pants, and black flats...very Audrey Hepburn. No need for accessories!