We are officially in the “transition” season – no longer winter coat and clothes, but certainly not summer clothes yet. What’s a girl to wear? It’s a good time to rely on your basics, in this case, a basic black sheath dress, an old reliable from Banana Republic. To lighten up the look for spring, I topped it off with a beige cropped jacket, bare legs, and nude pumps. You could also wear dark stockings and black patent shoes, or a sheer natural stocking with the nude pump. Because it is April that does not mean you need to be wearing pastels or bright colors….especially for business wear, muted colors are a more serious, elegant choice. It is time to put away the heavy wool fabrics and wear tropical weight wools or synthetic blends that can go from a chilly morning to a mild afternoon (especially in New England)….I have a black cashmere cape that I will throw on as an extra layer of warmth over a suit jacket, usually off by late morning…..A basic black sheath dress is a wardrobe staple for many reasons – you can wear it with a jacket, a cardigan, or on its own. It can go from day to evening with a few simple changes of accessories and shoes. It works for all ages and is flattering for all body types. Same dress, seen below, has a completely different look – a bit more fun, less serious, but still appropriate for work. On those days when you are in a hurry to get dressed, this is what you can reach for and know you will look great – just add a scarf and off you go………
If you don’t have a black sheath dress in your closet, put it on your list for spring shopping….if you do have one, maybe it is time to add another with a different neckline, a lighter fabric, or a cap sleeve. I promise you, you will wear it to death!
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