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

  • I am Khatu says:

    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!

  • Michelle says:

    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!

  • PetiteAsianGirl says:

    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!

  • Erin says:

    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 :)

  • PetiteLittleGirl says:

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

  • Ski Petite says:

    You definitely made the LBD looks standout. Good job!

  • Cee says:

    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!

  • aneetac says:

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

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) says:

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

  • Elle says:

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

  • SewPetiteGal says:

    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!

  • Recovering Shopaholic says:

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

  • Kiki says:

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

  • kileen says:

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

    cute & little

  • jeweliette says:

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

  • Olyvia says:

    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 :)

  • CynthiaC says:

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

  • gold N turquoise says:

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

    jenny
    http://goldnturquoise.blogspot.com/

  • grammarystyle says:

    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!

  • shystardreamer says:

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

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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. ;)

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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. ;)

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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.

  • Stylepint says:

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

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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!

  • Jen HaHA says:

    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

  • questforfashionsense says:

    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.

  • Petite in the City says:

    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

  • Michelle's Style File says:

    Great outfit. Your blazer ties it all together perfectly!

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

  • Really Petite says:

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

  • SugarNikita says:

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

  • AubreyOhDang! says:

    This retirement community has nice settings for pics. =p

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

  • Slayerbabe says:

    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!

  • hurricanekerrie says:

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

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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!

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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!

  • Sunshine says:

    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…

  • The Little Dust Princess says:

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

    Thank you for participating! : )

  • MissRockwell says:

    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

  • Vicky says:

    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?

  • Alterations Needed says:

    @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! ;)

  • fashionforteens says:

    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!

  • Michelle's Style File says:

    Great outfit. Your blazer ties it all together perfectly!

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

  • Jen HaHA says:

    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

  • jeweliette says:

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

  • shystardreamer says:

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

  • SewPetiteGal says:

    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!

  • aneetac says:

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

  • Ski Petite says:

    You definitely made the LBD looks standout. Good job!

  • Cathy says:

    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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