Q:“I’m going on a cruise to sunny Florida. There’s a dining room on the ship that’s very formal. Where can I find some modest, stylish black dresses, and the shoes and accessories to go with them?” – Maggie
A: Thanks for asking, Maggie! The little black dress should be a staple in every girl’s wardrobe, but it can be very hard to find one that is both modest and fashionable and one that reflects your personal style. It took a lot of research, but it is possible to find beautiful dresses that don't show too much skin.
It’s a basic rule of real-world fashion that your clothing should have balance, and this applies to black dresses as well. This means if the dress is a little short and sleeveless, you can balance it with a high neckline. Pair this with a fitted waist and you have a classic, timeless look that’s been mastered by fashion icons for decades.
I searched all over Forever 21 but could not find a modest (and non-cheapy) black dress to save my life, so I turned to Modcloth. I found slightly better luck here although they are pretty pricy compared to F21. (The dresses featured in this post are from here.)
As for accessories, pearls look amazing with formal wear. Faux pearls will work just as well as real ones. When it comes to shoes, it’s all up to you. If you’re not into sky-high strappy heels, try something with a sleek low heel. If you can’t see yourself wearing something like that, a nice pair of flats will work just fine.
When it comes to makeup and hair, do something chic and beautiful that you wouldn’t normally do. You can try curling your hair and then sweeping it into a pretty up-do or just let it hang loose and shiny down your back. Be sure to wear mascara so your face isn’t overpowered by the black dress.
You can also check out this older post on little black dresses here.