Long Black Dress Basics
It is hot, hot, hot here in Georgia today – Beautiful sunshine and humid with a projected high of 94 degrees! The first official day of Summer is tomorrow, so it is right on time. We do not live near a beach, but memories of my childhood and home town of Naples, Florida always bubble up stronger this time of year. And, memories of the hottest vacation we have ever had, on a cruise. Which brings me to today’s post about styling a long black dress.
This is the black sundress that I took on our cruise a few summers ago. This style is an exception for me since I am not one to show a lot of skin. It just feels too revealing and “skimpy”, as my mother would have said. I will not name the cruise line, but we were trying it out to see if our daughters might like cruising, kind of a “trial run”. So, we went with a lower priced 4-day cruise in July that hugged the Florida coast from Cape Canavaral down to Key West then bounced out and back from the Bahamas. Let’s just say you do get what you pay for, I am talking a floating Wal-Mart, enough said, ha!
I cannot remember where I bought this dress for the “dressier” Farewell Dinner on the cruise ship, although I do remember that it was in the swimsuit department. It has lined cups and is made of easy-care swimsuit type Lycra, so it could also be worn over a swimsuit as a cover-up. It is not every day you get to wear a gown, so I went with something basic that could be accessorized. I felt comfortable wearing it to the “special dinner”, but so many others were still dressed casually in shorts and t-shirts. Gone are the “dress code, jacket required” days on cruise ships from when I went with my parents back in the 1970s, unless you jump up to different price points. Here is a black dress on Amazon that has less of a V-front that I like:
//Long Black Dress//
This basic, classic look with faux pearl accessories would be appropriate for any dressy or formal occasion. The necklace is from Avon and the earrings and bracelet are Kim Rogers from Belk. I found this complete set as an option for you on Amazon.
Add a Pop of Color to the Long Black Dress
Changing to chunkier, bright turquoise accessories brings a different look to the dress. Since the dress has a very deep V-front, I chose multiple-strand necklaces for this look and the previous look to fill in a lot of that open space. I have never been “endowed”, so that area always needs some type of balance. The straps on the dress are adjustable, but I really need to take them up more which would help the front not look so low-cut. I found a similar turquoise multi-strand necklace here on Amazon.
Now let me tell you about the HOT part of the cruise, remember it is July. The tip of Key West is the southernmost part of the United States. I told Tim that I was determined to walk down there to that big famous buoy monument that marks that very spot and that I wanted my picture with my hands on it. Folks, it was so hot, I cannot even describe it. We walked in the direction of my goal for the day which also happened to be “just past” the Ernest Hemingway home…..
…….The home was too crowded and the girls were complaining about the heat already. We told them to sit in a cool spot (right, cool!) near the Hemingway home and we would be “right back” – it ended up being a couple of miles further south, but I was determined and kept walking. I kept walking by street vendors, I kept walking past Tim who (for some reason) stopped to talk to a scary bum, I kept walking and walking until we made it to the monument! We then stood in line and met some nice people and I got my picture with it. We saw people riding mo-peds, why not us, LOL! We walked back and found bottled water on the way, met up with the girls, did some shopping then it was time to get back on the ship. To this day, my girls both exclaim: “WE HATE KEY WEST!” At least it’s a memory.
Warm Up the Long Black Dress
At the risk of looking like Morticia Addams, I went with a glittery toggle-clasp bolero/shrug for this all black monochromatic look. No worries about too much skin, and I think the gold accessories give it some warmth to not look too serious or morbid. This look would be great for a formal dinner, wedding, special church or evening event or an evening performance of some type like a concert or Broadway type show.
How About a Blouse Over the Long Black Dress?
Have you ever thought about wearing a blouse over a long black dress? It gives it the appearance of a skirt and top, how fun! I love this denim-look top from Versona. It is a lined fabric with an interesting design texture, it is not printed but woven into the fabric. They also had a peach color, but this color brings out more of the detail in the fabric. I like the casual feel of the fabric against the formal length black dress/skirt. The cut and style of the blouse gives it a dressier feel, it can be dressed up or down very easily.
I mixed the drop faux pearl earrings with the silver-tone link necklace and silver-tone western link belt. I bought the belt at a vintage shop a few years ago, probably something from around the time of my country line dance days in the 1980s. It is a timeless style that can also be worn with jeans and other pieces. Have fun with mixing different things together like this, the combinations will surprise you!
Here is the top over the dress with no belt, giving it an easy breezy feel. Loose and flowy without being overpowering or frumpy looking. Still neat and appropriate for a variety of events. What do you think of this easy wear styling?
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