Wednesday 11 January 2012

What to Wear Now: The Unexpected Little Black Knit Dress

To celebrate the end of the Christmas and New Year Festivities we’re going to play dress-up.  Yes, you heard it right.  So forget the ‘it’s January so I’m going to head back into jeans and a fleece’, put that on the back burner and switch off.  There’s nothing that lifts the spirits as much as a bit of ladylike dressing up in January.

Perhaps the best and worst thing about this time of year is that everyone is on sale.  I walked into Zara earlier this week to have a browse for the daughter (who was with me at the time) and we asked the question ‘why do the stores have to look such a mess when they’re on sale’.  They do.  Stuff everywhere, piled high, the left-overs, the disastrous colours mingling with one or two goodies, but there’s usually a reason why that coat with the huge collar, that oversized leopard print jacket, that dusty pink dress get left behind.  They were bad buys to start with and nothing is going to change that no matter how low the price goes.

So forget about the humdrum and gravitate to something sleek, eye-catching and wearable right now.  Hence the ‘Unexpected’ Little Black Dress’, knit rather than woven, charming, sexy and chic all at the same time.  Wear with boots for day and heels for night and party right through January. 

Ronit Zilkha Cape Dress  Moschino Cheap and Chic Black Sweater DressKaren Millen Black Knit Dress Fornarina Black Knit Dress Benetton Black Knit Dress,

Agent Provocateur Black Knitted DressKaren Millen Polka Dot Knit DressECD Black Knit DressClosed Black Knit DressKaliko Black Knit Dress

The only problem with this type of dress is that some will give away every lump and bump, so if in doubt as to which size opt generously.

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