30PlusStyle: LBD Lookbook

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I’m Wearing: Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s dress (similar in plus size) | Forever 21 top (similar) | Thrifted Steve Madden pumps (similar & similar) | ASOS belt (similar) | Vintage purse (similar) | Gifted earrings (aff)

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What self-respecting fashionista has a closet full of clothes, but no little black dress? Well, apparently this girl.

I was invited to participate in this month’s 30PlusStyle challenge, joining a group of amazing women who regularly inspire me to step up my style game, and I was so excited! When they told me the theme was “Little Black Dress,” I thought, “awesome.” Until I hit up my closet and realized I didn’t own one. I’m still not sure how that’s possible, when I feel like there is SO MUCH BLACK in my closet, but alas, none of those black pieces were dresses.

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All this to say that this challenge required some shopping. I found myself scouring the racks at Kohl’s for the perfect LBD when I came across this beauty. It’s from the Daisy Fuentes collection and it is made of awesome, structured scuba fabric — a favorite of mine these days. The fit and flare silhouette is another favorite. And the best part? It was on clearance for $12.80. And I had a gift card, so I walked out of the store with a dress and no cash spent.

Of course, the challenge was that the dress is sleeveless, and it just felt a bit too…summery…for this time of year on it’s own. So I added a sheer Forever 21 top underneath to give the illusion of sleeves, and I loved the silhouette. I like to think of it as an easy holiday party look. I got lucky with the weather when we had an unseasonably warm day here in Georgia, so I used it as an excuse to forgo tights and bare my legs for what is probably the last time until March or so.

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Now that I’ve added this baby to my closet, I get why every fashion maven from here to Timbuktu tells every woman she needs a little black dress. I can think of at least a dozen other ways to wear this, and I’m sure I’ll try a few before the winter is over. I have a lightweight collared sweater that’s just begging to be worn under it with some knee-high boots and leggings. Also?

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Shop My Look:

Please check out the other fabulously stylish ladies who are rocking the LBD this month! I already know I’m going to be taking some styling notes throughout the day:

What about you? Do you own an LBD? How do you rock it?

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18 responses
  • Joi December 16, 2014, 9:01 am

    The simplicity of this look is calling my name Jennae!!! I love how you added the sheer top underneath, and the hint of gold 🙂 This theme was a challenge for me too! Although I have 3 LBDs, they are not items that I opt to wear frequently 😉

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:05 pm

      Thank you Joi! I was tempted to add some color, but in the end, the hint of hold just felt “right”. And I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one who has never really embraced the LBD. 🙂

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  • Mode Plus December 16, 2014, 9:55 am

    Love the little details you added to the all black ensemble without losing the black dress.
    It is such a staple piece, and when doing this challenge I realized I don’t really wear them that much.

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Thank you! I think this challenge stretched all of us more than we anticipated.

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  • Delilah December 16, 2014, 10:29 am

    I love your blog and the concept. Your outfit is awesome, simplicity at its finest and the price can’t be beat. Thanks for joining us, Jennae!

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Thank you for having me, Delilah! It was an honor to work with so many stylish ladies!

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  • ciaa December 16, 2014, 12:02 pm

    You look gorgeous !!!

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:09 pm

      Thank you Ciaa! You’re trying to make me blush 😉

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  • Antionette Blake December 16, 2014, 12:33 pm

    I love the dress and the pop of gold makes this a perfect holiday and after-5 outfit. Happy Holidays #BLMGirls

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:11 pm

      Thank you Antoinette! The dress is so versatile that a quick switch of accessories is all it would take to make it work for another occasion. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Whitney 'Nic' James December 16, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Perfect LBD and you are ROCKING it! I love the purse too. Very vintage Chanel inspired.

    ~Whitney

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:13 pm

      Thanks Whitney! Would you believe my mother was about to donate that purse to Goodwill a year or two ago? Gasp! When I saw it, I immediately snatched it up for my collection. Nothing like thrifting in mom’s closet 😉

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  • Neti* December 16, 2014, 7:27 pm

    This is such a Great dress on you. You made it work for the season and I love the price. I am a visitor from In my Joi and I will be back to read more. . . .

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:18 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Neti! I hope to see you around here more often!

      And yes, adding the top underneath really changed the whole look and feel of the dress, and I’m so glad I did it.

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  • PrettyPlusPep December 16, 2014, 11:15 pm

    This was so perfect on you. I felt classic Hepburn.

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:19 pm

      Thank you Pepper! I promise, I wasn’t even thinking that when I put the outfit together, but I totally get it now that everyone has mentioned it 😉

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  • Aurè December 17, 2014, 12:51 am

    Wow…what a super Look…it’s cool on You!…it make shining Your stunning Silhouette!
    Great Style!!
    happy festive season

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    • jennae December 17, 2014, 7:19 pm

      Thank you Aure! I sincerely appreciate your kind words!

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