From top left to right:
James Perse tank belted dress | ON SALE NOW AT NORDSTROM!!!, wearing
Shaina Mote tie dress | 20% off at The Dreslyn today, wearing
Splendid tank maxi dress | available in navy at Shopbop, wearing, wearing, wearing, wearing, wearing, wearing, wearing
OAK t-shirt dress | sold out, wearing, wearing, wearing, wearing
Everlane long sleeve dress | wearing
James Perse 3/4 sleeve viscose dress | sold out, wearing, wearing
James Perse guaze shirt dress | sold out, wearing, wearing
James Perse sleeveless maxi dress | sold out, wearing, wearing, wearing, wearing
(all but the Everlane dress and the Viscose JP dress are made in the US, those two are made in China)
While reading (more like perusing, really, it’s hard to “read”) Women In Clothes, I was inspired to create a “collection” picture of all my black dresses. Mostly to see exactly how many I have still in my closet, but also, I wanted to explore a little of their differences. Because, you know, THEY ARE ALL COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
At this point, I have only eight black dresses left in my wardrobe; not counting several black dresses I wear exclusively at home, or as beach/swimsuit coverups. Still, nine black dresses may seem like a lot, but it’s not. Because
- They are all different: Even though at first glance, my Splendid tank dress and James Perse maxi dress seem very similar, the JP dress is heavier weight, and with a higher neck, so I reserve that for cooler weather.
- I wear them all the time – black dresses are the only dresses I have with the exception of my navy heathered All Saints dress and my cobalt blue ACNE dress
- A black dress is a foundation for so many other things.
Do I need all these black dresses? Well…yes and no. I love clothing, we know that. I like to play around and try new things. I like to wear different styles and silhouettes. Having nine different black dresses allows me to do that, each one serves a different purpose and is appropriate for different occasions.
Would I be able to survive with only one black dress? Probably, although I can feel a panic attack coming on just thinking about it! How could I choose between fitted or drapey? Short or long?
Luckily I don’t have to. I’m not trying to have a 10 piece wardrobe, or 30, or some other arbitrary number. I have built a smaller wardrobe that is manageable for me, that suits my lifestyle, and is full of things I love, wear, and appreciate. This is what is right for me.
How many black dresses do you own? Do you have multiple dresses in another color?