I'm not a super fashionista - I don't really like to THINK too much about my clothing. Whilst I adore fashion and love feeling like I look well put-together, more often than not, my yearning for comfort and speedy getting ready wins when I'm getting dressed. I tend to buy things that are incredibly easy to wear, since I hate layering, matching, and the stress of coordinating items. I'd much rather buy statement pieces that stand on their own, rather than having to create a "look". This is especially true of event outfits and dresses - I want to be able to throw something on and feel fabulous in 5 minutes flat!
Here's one of my favourite dresses that I can throw on and forget about, add a pair of earrings and black heels, and run out the door.
I bought this from Zampera, a great little boutique in Ivanhoe, a few months ago. It was affordable (under $200), extremely well made, and best of all, fits comfortably enough for me to have a GIANT meal, and still not look like I'm wearing a maternity dress. S really hates when I wear shapeless dresses, whereas I love them because well, I love to eat. This dress is a GREAT compromise!
Plus, I love it because it's a little black dress without being a little black dress - it's lacy and racy, feels glamourous, and can be just slipped on with little fuss. On this occasion, (as you can tell from my terrible hair) - I got ready in about 20 minutes flat (put dress on, sweep hair into a clip, simple makeup). In fact the thing that took longest was pulling on stockings without getting runs in them. (Yes, I'm hopeless. And it was winter!)
Best yet, it's not a dress that will date or go out of fashion, and understated enough that I can wear it to various kinds of events without feeling like I'm looking the same old, same old. Ultimate bonus - S thinks it's smokin' hot. Done and DONE. It's made me realise I need more such pieces in my wardrobe, simple and elegant, glamorous yet super easy to wear.
Do you have such items in your arsenal? One that you can just throw on, forget about, and feel great in? Where did you get it from, and what makes it perfect? SHARE THE DETAILS WITH ME PLEASE - what is an item of clothing that you adore?