Yeah, I know you’re thinking, doesn’t she already have one (or more) of those? I do have a few black maxi dresses: the T by Alexander Wang asymmetrical dress, Lanston racer-back dress, and a similar one by Loup, but none of them are straight and fitted, which is what I want. I’m looking for something I can layer with a long cardigan or short sweater AND still show my shape underneath. All the long black dresses I have now have cinched in waists, or are very drapey.
Here are some I’ve found that fit my requirements (it wasn’t easy!!)
Splendid maxi tank dress | $79 (on sale) at Piperlime
Splendid ribbed maxi dress | $66 at Shopbop
Velvet slub maxi dress | $67 after TULIP code for 10% off at Revolve
Organic by John Patrick long tank dress | $108 at La Garconne (not sure this is made in the US, but I think it is, and it’s made from organic cotton)
The second Splendid dress is the closest to what I’m looking for, and I’ll probably end up with that one, honestly. It gets good reviews, and seems like it will be short enough for me without having to get it hemmed. I can see myself wearing it with my new Vince sneakers and a cardigan, or my Rag & Bone booties and a draped, cropped sweater. It should fit nicely into my wardrobe, and since I don’t already have anything similar, it fills a hole.
Which gets back to what we’ve been talking about for a while – perfection. As I mentioned, I don’t believe in striving for a perfect wardrobe anymore, or looking for THE PERFECT ________. If you use black maxi dresses as an example, you can’t just have ONE black maxi dress that suits every need unless that’s what you want. Which is fine, if you don’t play around with different looks as much as I do. Sure, I could achieve a similar look with one of the dresses I already have, but the dresses I have are more for wearing in the spring & summer with nothing over them. If I’m going to wear something on top, I’d like the dress to be more fitted, so I can show a bit of my shape underneath. Does that make sense? I don’t need 5 fitted long black dresses, one will do 😉