Petite Fashion Challenge #7 – The Little Black Dress

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DressHenrietta Pertuz “Morning to Moonlight”, size 00P (altered)
Shoes – Jimmy Choo, size 35
Jewelry – Honora pearl necklace, jet bead necklace, sterling silver bracelets, Iridesse pearl brooch

This month’s Petite Fashion Challenge is being hosted by The Little Dust Princess. The theme…the little black dress…

A little black dress (LBD) is essential in every woman’s wardrobe. It’s always great for back-up if you run out of outfit ideas for a night out. Adding a pop of colour to your LBD will change up its look and make your dress a little less boring.

For this challenge, add a pop of colour (or two) to your little black dress to change up the look. You could add anything from an accessory to a blazer, or even nail polish!

Originally I thought I would do something a little “Jackie Onasis” with this Petite Fashion Challenge, by adding some pearls, a brooch, and some fun heels. I started with the simple sheath dress, tossed on some pieces of jewelry and the red heels…but something just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t quite…me.

I stared at my closet, and my eyes kept resting back on the seersucker blazer. But seersucker and a LBD? It just didn’t sound right! Out of other ideas, I figured it couldn’t hurt to just give it a try…

Success!

The seersucker gave the LBD some quirk, and the LBD gave the seersucker some class. This unexpected pairing really feels great, and feels like me. I love fun and quirky fabrics like seersucker, so this turned out to be a really great spin on an old classic.

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51 Comments

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    I am Khatu

    it looks good, very versatile. You can take off the blazer and it's party time! lol.

    P.S. you should smile with teeth more often, i like it!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Michelle

    Aw! I remember that post with your "seersucker"! That is when I learned a new fashion term. I had been calling it "train conductor" pattern for so long…classy! :p

    I love how classy your look is! You layer your pearls so well!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    PetiteAsianGirl

    Tres tres chic, Kelly. The pearl strands and red Jimmy Choos push this dress to a new realm of elegance.

    And oh, I was wondering what black dress you'd break out for this challenge. Hope we'll see more of this MtoM dress now that you got alterations!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Erin

    Love it – I always forget what Seersucker is called!! I'm with Michelle – "Train conductor!" LOL!

    You look great as always Kelly – I need to find myself some of those shoes :)

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    PetiteLittleGirl

    My favorite outfit of the night! :) I love this unexpected pairing. You look very chic. Great job, Kelly!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Ski Petite

    You definitely made the LBD looks standout. Good job!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Cee

    Perhaps this is Jackie O at the Hamptons? :) I love your seersucker blazer! And am so happy you included it, because it wouldn't have been "you" without it!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    aneetac

    You look so chic! I absolutely love the outfit, especially the necklace.

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)

    This is soooo you! LOVE it! And you really need to wear dresses more, you rock them!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Elle

    Seersucker goes surprisingly well with the LBD. I am so impressed! Well done Kelly!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    SewPetiteGal

    I heart your necklace combo – it so screams "Chanel"! I would have never thought to pair seersucker with the LBD but they actually go together very well. Another successful PFC entry!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Recovering Shopaholic

    LOVE IT! Very different from the typical LBD pairing and very YOU!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Kiki

    I never would have thought seersucker with LBD, but you taught me something new! Well done!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    kileen

    what a great blazer and i totally love how you added the pin too! seersucker really works with the LBD!

    cute & little

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    jeweliette

    Ahhh, I love your red Jimmy Choo peep toes! I love Jimmy Choo! :P

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Olyvia

    This outfit is totally your style for sure! The seersucker unexpectedly worked well with your LBD, giving it some "spring" flavor. Seersucker is more versatile than I thought :)

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    CynthiaC

    What a great wear-to-work-then-to-dinner/party outfit! :)

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    gold N turquoise

    yes, seersucker! so appropriate for our approach into summer. adorable!

    jenny
    http://goldnturquoise.blogspot.com/

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    grammarystyle

    Serious shoe envy in this post. Those are so cute! And they look like they might be comfortable, too, though I could be wrong on that. Love the necklaces, too!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    shystardreamer

    The outfit look great. You should wear dresses/ skirt more often. You look good in them.

  • Reply April 28, 2011

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    @I am Khatu – LOL…thanks Khatu! I'm so lame, I would party with the blazer ON! :P

    @Michelle & @Erin – LOL…train conductor huh? All I need now is the goofy striped hat and I'm in business!

    @PetiteAsianGirl – It's funny, I wasn't thrilled with the dress after alterations, but it's growing on me every time I try it on. You might be seeing more of it. ;)

  • Reply April 28, 2011

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    @PetiteLittleGirl – Aww…thank you Sydney! I'm honored. ;)

    @Cee – YES!! Jackie O at the Hamptons! Perfect!! LOL.

    @Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) – Thanks Elaine! I don't own too many dresses and skirts, but summer's coming, so who knows what I'll pull out of my closet. My legs prefer being clothed, so it's a struggle sometimes. :P

  • Reply April 28, 2011

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    @Elle – Thanks Elle! I was really surprised this worked so well!

    @SewPetiteGal – The necklace combo is my "go-to" as far as jewelry goes…I must seriously wear them at least 3-4 times a week.

    @Recovering Shopaholic – Thanks! I felt good in it, so it definitely felt like me. ;)

  • Reply April 28, 2011

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    @Kiki – It really is a great pair isn't it? Who'd have thunk it?

    @jeweliette – Thanks! These shoes are one of my favorites, but take some practice to walk in…I'm not very good at walking in 4 inch heels. :P

    @Olyvia – I know! I always thought seersucker was so casual, but it really worked well.

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Stylepint

    Great entry Kelly! It kind of gives off that country club brunch look…elegant and springlike! =)

  • Reply April 28, 2011

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    @gold N turquoise – Ever since spring sprung, I've had a nagging urge to wear this jacket. I guess my internal clock is telling me it's officially spring now. ;)

    @grammarystyle – Yes, they are comfortable! I put a ball-of-foot pad in them and it helped immensely. It just take me a little bit of time to get used to the 4 inch heel before I walk in them without stomping. ;)

    @shystardreamer – Thank you! Hopefully this summer will be nice so I can practice wearing more dresses and skirts!

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    Jen HaHA

    I like seersucker because it never looks like it needs to be ironed. That's the nature of it. I like how you stated the way they compliment each other! The pearls are lovely!

    Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

  • Reply April 28, 2011

    questforfashionsense

    Looking at this post makes me forget the "Week in Review" posts where you wore jeans. ;D You look great in jeans and dresses, and I love your classic styling with a pop of the red Jimmy Choos and the unexpected and springlike seersucker–tres chic.

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    Petite in the City

    I would never expect the seersucker to look so great with the LBD! The pairing of the different necklaces ties it all together! Love the outfit!

    -lor

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    Michelle's Style File

    Great outfit. Your blazer ties it all together perfectly!

    x
    Michelle
    http://www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    Really Petite

    Wow- very well put together!! Love it- possibly my fav out of everyone!! Great job Kelly!

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    SugarNikita

    I LOVE this! I am so jealous of your closet…

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    AubreyOhDang!

    This retirement community has nice settings for pics. =p

    if someone has their style defined, it's you.

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    Slayerbabe

    Wow – you definitely have a great sense of style. You should consider becoming a full time stylist :)

    Love your ideas and I love how the ensemble works really well with your style and it's just plain pretty!

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    hurricanekerrie

    Love how you stayed true to your style aesthetics and made the LBD really interesting– and even office-appropriate! Love this style! :)

  • Reply April 29, 2011

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    @Stylepint – Yes! I love that you just called it "country club brunch"! If my style could be summed up with the terms "country club" and "quirk"…I'd be a happy girl. ;)

    @Jen HaHA – Yeah, the crinkly nature of seersucker is wonderful isn't it? Great texture!

    @questforfashionsense – LOL…after taking these photos, now I'm editing my "week in photos" post and looking like a schlub in all of them!

  • Reply April 29, 2011

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    @Really Petite – That's quite the compliment considering the stylish company we're in when doing the PFC's. Thank you! ;)

    @SugarNikita – LOL! Thanks, but it's really not that impressive, I assure you. :P

    @AubreyOhDang! – One thing I've learned about wealthy retired people is…they generally have money to spend on landscapers. Winning!

    @Slayerbabe – That's probably one of the nicest fashion related things anyone has said to me…don't give me any crazy ideas…LOL.

    @hurricanekerrie – Oh, yes…this look is office appropriate isn't it? Score!

  • Reply April 29, 2011

    Sunshine

    i love your jacket too, kelly! i actually saw something very similar to it at h&m today for $34.95, should have taken a picture! size 2 fits well but the arm was a little tight and size 4 was big all around so i passed. i was like…hey, it's kelly's jacket haha…

  • Reply April 30, 2011

    The Little Dust Princess

    Yay for red heels! The blazer is so classic and always spices up any outfit. Great job, Kelly :D

    Thank you for participating! : )

  • Reply April 30, 2011

    MissRockwell

    Seersucker is amazing! It goes really well with the dress in fact. And the red heels are definitely a hit. It adds edge to your 'classic' outfit.

    http://thriftyandshameless.blogspot.com

  • Reply May 1, 2011

    Vicky

    Nice pairings of the dress and the heels. And so "Kelly" to throw on the seersucker jacket. :) This outfit is totally missing your red Chanel though. :( Where have you been hiding your baby lately?

  • Reply May 1, 2011

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    @Sunshine – Yes! I saw that H&M seersucker blazer too! I had to stop myself from reaching for it by reminding myself I already had one! Too bad it fit funny because it's really cute! I'm sure there will be some more seersucker as the season goes on.

    @The Little Dust Princess – Thank you for hosting Jessy!

    @MissRockwell – Yes…seersucker is wonderful! I'm really loving it. Such a crisp summer fabric. ;)

    @Vicky – I know! I always forget to pull my handbag out when I'm taking blog photos. I'll try harder to give her some camera time, just for you Vicky! ;)

  • Reply May 2, 2011

    fashionforteens

    I'm so sad that I missed this PFC. I've been so busy lately and haven't been keeping up on all of my favorite blogs. I love this outfit though. The seersucker blazer and red heels make the classic lbd modern and fun. Love it!

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Michelle's Style File

    Great outfit. Your blazer ties it all together perfectly!

    x
    Michelle
    http://www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Jen HaHA

    I like seersucker because it never looks like it needs to be ironed. That's the nature of it. I like how you stated the way they compliment each other! The pearls are lovely!

    Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    jeweliette

    Ahhh, I love your red Jimmy Choo peep toes! I love Jimmy Choo! :P

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    shystardreamer

    The outfit look great. You should wear dresses/ skirt more often. You look good in them.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    SewPetiteGal

    I heart your necklace combo – it so screams "Chanel"! I would have never thought to pair seersucker with the LBD but they actually go together very well. Another successful PFC entry!

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    aneetac

    You look so chic! I absolutely love the outfit, especially the necklace.

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Ski Petite

    You definitely made the LBD looks standout. Good job!

  • Reply November 25, 2011

    Cathy

    Classic, classy, and chic! love the blazer on the little black dress, eh. The accessories are great too. Love the outfit!

    Cheers,
    Cathy@Pair Your Best Discount Scrubs to Look Like A Million Bucks

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