Sally’s Black Dress Challenge. Edited to add more black outfits

I decided to participate in Sally’s black dress challenge be in August as that is when I am most likely to wear summer black.  I will mostly feature a black sleeveless Talbots dress from the Good Will store.  As it was popular during my battle of black dresses challenge but sometimes will wear a shorter more fitted version.  

I started with what is mostly the basic dress but also wore a long older Halogen black linen cardi when I needed warmth.  (#1/2).  Shoes are old EF black wide ankle strap flats.  Very comfortable.  Hair is COVID long and pulled back with a big black silk bow. This could be worn to a summer funeral.  Some silver and shell jewelry was added. I used a small black fringed suede leather bag and a big black straw bag to add more texture.
I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Edited to add today’s outfit ( #3-5). Same black dress with black and tan top and scarf, Taryn Rose bronze flats.

ETA: today’s black dress outfit.  I needed red for courage to
say goodbye our dear doggie, Maggie.  The basic dress is topped by a colorful poncho topper that is like a scar.  The print has black and brown in its animal print.  Red shoulder bag.
More  black dress outfits.  #8 is the basic dress with pearls and shells and my white espadrilles for a hot day.  #9-11 are the same dress with different jackets in cotton or linen.  #12/13 is the dress with a white linen EF poncho.

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  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    So chic, Joy! You look so pretty!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you  Kellygirl.  I am really considering a haircut before everything closes up again.  But it is so easy to deal with long like this and DH still has his beard.  

  • Minaminu replied 2 years ago

    you rock!  very stylish as usual!

  • Bonnie replied 2 years ago

    Beautiful combo. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, minaminu and Bonnie, I am considering some possible funeral and dress-up and casual outfits for different seasons, but most will be summer looks.
    Today I am wearing the same dress under a striped top of black and tan vertical stripes worn with a long black, tan, grey and olive scarf and Taryn Rose metallic bronze flats (#2/3, shoes in #1 are old Me Too flats that seemed too black) and pearl earrings.

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Whoa, rockin’ it! I love that you pattern mixed! Totally What Deborah Harry Would Do :D

  • Star replied 2 years ago

    Black and Tan top is fabulous.  I love the color combination and stripes are always a favorite for me.  YLF!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Star, I love stripes too and Rachylou, I can’t help but pattern mix with stripes when I can.  Almost everything is old and thrifted that I am wearing.  

  • Irina replied 2 years ago

    Black, black & tan looks wonderful on you! YLF!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, Irina, I don’t have much tan and hope to add more. These pieces were hanging next to each other.

  • madeline replied 2 years ago

    Very chic! I love the color combo and the pattern mixing.

  • Helena replied 2 years ago

    What a fantastic, versatile dress. You look great, Joy!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, Madeline and Helena, for your kind comments.

  • replied 2 years ago

    Love the first especially!

  • bj1111 replied 2 years ago

    i am loving this thread

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you Suntiger and bj1111.  The opinions of such intelligent women  is most welcome.

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Today’s black dress with a bright poncho top from consignment worn for  courage to say goodbye to our dear old dog, Maggie.  I accessorized with a red shoulder bag also from consignment., and old giraffe print flats.

  • Sally replied 2 years ago

    Wow Joy.  This is great.  You have created some really elegant outfits with the black dress.   I feel like I have let you down.  While I have been wearing my black dresses, I have not been so good at documenting them as I wear them to work with very little time to get ready and then I"m pretty exhausted when I get home.  I'm planning to put the dress on and then change the shoes and accessories and recreate the clothes I wore each day midmonth when I get a little bit of time.  Thanks for joining it.  It is a great exercise in working out how we can get by on less clothes with a few accessories to change things up.  I found this article about a lady who wore the same black top and pants for a week and thought it was really interesting.

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Sally , thank you for this challenge and the link.  One of the biggest lessons I have learned about building a wardrobe is that you don’t need much if you start with a column of a neutral like a dress or matching top and pants.  Then it is easy to add toppers and accessories for different looks.  If you can make a column of a dark neutral and of a light neutral, you can probably work in anything.  I am starting to try a column of color with a non-neutral.  Today at the consignment store I got a column of coral ( my favorite color) and a print topper.  This is strictly for warm weather.  It will be fun to play with.  

    I am not done with the black dress challenge yet.  I have more ideas and will post them here.  I can probably wear a black dress for at least a month without repeating outfits, but I don’t want to wear it every day.  I will wear it tomorrow and Sunday dressed up for anniversary celebrations and then try some casual looks with sneakers.  

  • bj1111 replied 2 years ago

    The first outfit with and without the sweater topper is ace. How do you feel about sporting it with a more casual shoe?

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    I do want to try this dress with more casual shoes like tie and slip on sneakers.  I did wear it with casual white espadrilles.  See photos below with shells and pearls, white espadrilles and white linen poncho thingy for when I needed a topper.  What do you think?  Too casual?

  • Sally replied 2 years ago

    oh I like it with the white top and the espadrilles.  What is your black dress made of.  Mine are made of a cotton stretch and I have to be careful how I launder it.  I have worn it with my motto jacket, cardigans and my new black jacket and red jacket.  I am waiting for warmer weather to wear with my denim jacket and sneakers.  This is the only photo I have taken so far.  The interesting thing about the article is that the lady only has 6 pairs of shoes, even I the shoe minimalist have more than that!

  • Ana replied 2 years ago

    Joy, I just read your response on another thread about how it's harder and harder not to become invisible the older you get. I've always admired your style and I just wanted to say if I saw you walking down the street I would definitely notice you and think how chic and fabulous you look! :) 

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Sally, adding the white was an attempt to summarize the black dress.  I think the fabric is a blend of Fay on and nylon.  It is a heavy knit that skims over everything and does not wrinkle.  I am also amazed at only 6 pairs of shoes.  I have way more but live in a four season climate and never wear the same shoes two days in a row to avoid any problems with rubbing or pinching.  That means I think of my shoes as each pair interchangeable with another pair.  Then there are strictly house or indoor shoes and outdoor shoes. .  I don’t think I could go down to six pair and still maintain healthy feet.  As a child we had three pair I think, black or brown for school and winter, white for Easter and maybe sandals or flip flops for summer. Later we needed a pair of gym shoes that stayed in the school gym locker and that was a hardship on family finances.  Shoes, and having several pair seems luxurious now. 

    You look very elegant in your black.  I have not yet worn mine for the challenge with a Jean jacket or moto or a couple of patterned bomber jackets because they would be too warm.  I want to try a denim vest and a long sleeveless gillet soon thinking the denim would look more casual. 
    Thank you for your kind words, Ana.  

  • bj1111 replied 2 years ago

    I love the white espadrilles version! Summerizing achieved

    I know it’s not your innate preference, can you take even sportier?

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Blown away by #6. KILLER fab and creative. I'm soooo sorry about darling Maggie. It's very, very sad. ((((HUGS))). 

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

     bj1111, yes, today’s outfit was the dress with grey slip-on sneaker/ loafer high-breds and a an low slung belt and tan bag.  I hope to get a picture but the .ok is even more casual.  I don’t have tan sneakers or anything close or they would have been the first choice
    Angie, thank you.  We are very sad and.miss Maggie terribly.  

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