It is a truth universally acknowledged that every girl needs the perfect little black dress in her wardrobe.
Finding just the right dress that will see you through a whole host of seasonal events can be one of the biggest investments you'll make. If like me you are not shy to the idea of having pieces in your possessions that you aren't afraid to recycle (a concept that Kate Middleton has down to an effortless art) then there are a lot of different factors to consider before taking the plunge. Is it fit for purpose? Could you take it out to dinner but at the same time cut a rug together as the night goes on? And most importantly - does it make you feel good?
Many a trusty little black dress have come and gone from my wardrobe as the years have gone by, but as I've gotten older and my body shape has changed I find myself being a lot more selective in my choices. Gone are the days where hem lines caused me no qualms, and now that I have my brand new set of mummy-curves to take into account, I need a dress that will show them off without making me feel uncomfortable. So when Simply Be kindly offered me the chance to receive some pieces to feature on the blog, it was without hesitation that I chose this dress.
With all the drama of a full skirt but the ease of a lightweight fabric, the instant I slipped into this dress I felt like I had found The One. Ever a fan of the more romantic styles I loved the pretty lace detailing, which not only featured as a full sleeve (ideal for those of us who like to keep this part of us covered) but also helped soften the plunging neckline, seamlessly creating a top that is the perfect balance of sophistication and sex appeal.
The beauty of this dress is that the design speaks for itself. And with such a statement style there is no need to really accessorise. Put it on and you already have an outfit that is guaranteed to create a buzz wherever you go. A quick dash of a deep red or brown lip coupled with a fresh eye look and your favourite clutch is all you need for a look that is as daring as it is demure. .
It's also a style I think a lot of women will feel fabulous on - the halter neck design and a-line, billowing skirt mean that it is flattering to a majority of body types, nipping you in at the waist and creating a flirtatious feminine shape - very Marilyn-esque! The panels of lace in the bottom not only offers a little cheeky peep of skin but also help elongate the leg, which if you're a bit short in the gams, is perfect.
Having searched for a brand for so long that really understands women, having worked with Simply Be it's pretty clear that they really know their demographic. And I think they have nailed it with this maxi dress. Comfortable, chic and classic, this dress made me feel like the heroine of my own romance novel and I didn't want to take it off.
If you're shopping around for an lbd that makes you look and feel like a goddess, I don't think you need to look any further. This dress that will be your perfect plus one to any evening event where both daiquiris and dancing are on the menu.
Got a little black dress you love to swish around the dance floor? Tell me all about it in the comments.
Dress*: Simply Be
Cleated Chelsea Boots: H&M (old)
Lipstick: Kat Von D (Prayer)
* I was very kindly gifted this dress by Simply Be in return for writing this post. This does not affect my opinions. They are always 100% honest and influenced by my own personal experiences. For more details please see my disclaimer.