No matter your age, no matter your shape…a little black dress (LBD) is a great investment. And while I own several that were an investment, one of my favorites is this very simple, very plain one I picked up at Goodwill for $1.99. One of the reasons I like a plain dress is because you can do so many things with it and by accessorizing it in different ways, it doesn’t look the same. And people won’t remember quite as much when you wear it more than once. I went to Goodwill last week and was able to find over 20 (for under $10) dresses in sizes 2 to 22 that had a similar cut and style as the one I found a couple of years ago. And while spending a $1.99 for a dress I can and have worn to black-tie events is fabulous, look at all the other ways you can wear a style like this.
I wore this to the Black & White Ball at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center….this could be worn to any cocktail type event.
I have two pearl necklaces on with this dress. Once strand was a gift from my husband and the longer one that I looped twice was a gift from my girlfriend Sarah. I found this pearl bracelet at Target for $7.00 (they had a really pretty long pearl necklace too for $9.00). My shoes are from White House Black Market that I bought about 8 years ago and my earrings were found at a garage sale for $1.00.
This is perfect for dinner downtown on a date night. And you can mix prints and colors when you have something basic like this. My fabulous belt was a gift from my sister-in-law Christine (it came from White House Black Market) and I wear it all the time! My shoes are Steve Madden that my husband bought for me 4 years ago (he plays Fantasy Football every year and buys me a pair of shoes with his winnings for being a “football widow”). I bought this necklace about 15 years ago at a store my mom and I use to shop at for $10 and my earrings were part of a gift Sarah gave me when I was her matron of honor—by the way, I did introduce her to her husband! (You’re welcome). And my purse was found at Hobby Lobby about 8 years ago on clearance for $1.99…
This would look great on any sunny day picnic, beach, or shopping and lunch with your friends. I love this! I bought the hat and sandals at K-Mart back in the summer when I did a post on K-Mart accessories. My purse, bracelets and one of the necklaces (the one with pink beads) were all bought at Goodwill for $2.99 each. The longer blue and brown necklace was bought at Gordman’s on clearance and my sunglasses….found at the Dollar Tree for $1.00…..this entire look is relaxed but stylish and still very cheap.
From the beach to winter! I like to put sweaters over sleeveless summer dresses to make them wearable year-long. This sweater was 99 cents at Goodwill…I also got my earrings and bracelet there (both $2.99). I paid $29.99 for these boots a couple of years ago at Gordman’s and I wear them pretty much all winter long. They are super comfy and can be worn with jeans, skirts or a LBD! My scarf was a birthday gift from and old neighbor/friend many years ago and the hat….I simply can’t remember the name of the store but I found it in Manitou Springs last year.
This look is professional enough for any office…I found this blazer at Target a couple of years ago on clearance for less than $10 and I got my belt at Goodwill for $1.99. A skinny belt (or wide) is a great way to emphasize your waist. I’ve had my boots for about 15 years and my necklace was won at a silent auction from a wine festival a couple of years ago. My watch actually was bought at Walgreens for $7.99 and my splurge was the purse….Beijo (more than $50 but less than $75)…and still looks as good as the day I bought it (about 4 years ago).
I actually wore this to the Broadmoor’s Escoffier dinner a couple of years ago and have repeated this same look on a couple of other occasions. This is perfect for any black-tie event and it’s a $1.99 dress! The shoes and pin came from White House Black Market (I use to shop there when I wasn’t thinking budget but it’s all still in style and both of these items were purchased around 8 years ago so they were worth the investment). The earrings were worn during my friend’s wedding (they were another gift Sarah gave me) and my bracelet was found at a garage sale for $5.00 and my beaded bag came from Goodwill for a whopping $2.99 (I got it half off the day I shopped).
A $1.99 dress bought at Goodwill that can be worn at the beach or a black-tie event with a few changes of accessories. What a deal! Now I know that you can’t find the exact items I used in the pictures because a lot of them are older but you can use the ideas to create something you like and would wear. Look around you closet and see what you already own and then see how you can use your accessories to change up something you already own. You might be surprised.
I have to thank my hubby for taking these pictures on his birthday while football was on! I was in a time crunch for this post and he accommodated me without any grumbling! Thanks honey!