not so basic black


If there’s one type of sale I love the most, it has to be a sale at an outlet store. When I found this dress at the Bloomingdale’s outlet for 60% off the outlet price (and I had a coupon), I was in Fashion Huntress heaven.As you’ve probably noticed, I don’t wear a ton of black and white, but occasionally there’s nothing I love more than a not so basic black dress, especially when it’s a full dress with a bow, lace, and pleats. And having found this not so basic black dress for the perfect price? Well, it was just meant to be.


Dress: Bloomingdale’s outlet ($21 marked down from $110)
Shrug: Ann Taylor via thrift ($4)
Sparkle tights: Kate Spade via Blooomingdale’s Outlet ($5 marked down from $30)
Shoes: Sofft at Nordstrom Rack (approx $40 marked down from approx $120)
Necklace: Anthropologie ($15 marked down from $60)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Many stores offer a discount when you first sign up for their emails. I like to save my email sign-up for when I plan to use the store (preferably during a sale), in order to ensure that I actually use the discount versus letting it expire. When are you looking at online sales, read through their email sign-up conditions (generally just 1-2 sentences), and then sign-up once you are ready to make a purchase. This may sound like common sense, but I’ve definitely missed the marked on this before and let perfectly good discounts go to waste!
2) This dress definitely seems like a summer/spring dress to me, given that it is sheer and sleeveless. As I tend to do with the majority of my summer dresses, I added tights and a shrug/cardigan to make the dress fall and winter ready. The next time I plan to wear this dress in winter, and will add a blazer and colored tights. Just imagining the possibilities is so exciting (fashion nerd alert, readers)!
Anyone else have tips for styling summer dresses? Love shrugs? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so much! Happy almost Friday!

43 replies to “not so basic black

  1. Oh very nice dress! Pleats, lace, bow, and chiffon – all Chic Vic approved! I myself don’t wear a lot of black either, but I’m making that a part of my style challenge. You look so chic! I like how the wind caught the airy-ness of your dress in the first photo.

      1. OMG me too! I’ve recently become appreciative of the minimalistic aesthetic, with plain black, white, and other neutrals. It’s quite refreshing, and I must say it makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier!

  2. Beautiful dress!! You cant go wrong with a classic dress like that…and what a price! I usually pair a more summery dress with tights and a blazer or cardigan. You can even wear a long sleeved shirt under a dress to layer for warmth.

  3. 60% at bloomingdale’s rack? um… yes please!! i didn’t even know bloomingdales had a rack — definitely not in minneapolis anyway. and, bonus – gorgeous dress! such a great find 🙂

  4. Amazing dress! I adore the pleats! I recently went to the Saks Off Fifth and NM Last Call outlets and my mom and I found some amazing deals. I will have to share in a future post. I am also a huge Kate Spade fan. Have you looked at her “Saturday” line? Those prices are a tad more reasonable. Great look! ~ Lauren

      1. Kate Spade did a collaboration with Gap for kids? That is too adorable. I will have to check it out and maybe find some things to give my niece for the holidays. HAHA, yes I feel the same about the J.Crew minis collection-they have the best tulle skirts and glittery ensembles for little girls! I hope you have a great day!! Lauren

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