Pick My Next Little Black Dress

So, waaay the hell back at the start of this year, Shoeperwoman.com won a blog competition, and the prize was a Karen Millen gift card. This was tremendously exciting to me, obviously (in fact, if you heard a faint, but distinct shriek of excitement sometime in January of this year, that was probably me. SO much better than the bacon and eggs I once won in a raffle!), but there was one small problem: at the time I won my gift card, the store was full of fabulous party dresses, and, gorgeous though they were, I knew that buying one of them would really be a waste of money (or of store credit, rather), because I never, ever go anywhere that requires me to wear that kind of dress. The beautiful dress, then, would simply hang in my closet unworn, and that would be a crime (the thought of buying clothes and not wearing them makes me itchy. The waste!), so I cunningly held off until the winter stock arrived, and, with it, some dresses I’d actually have a chance of wearing in my lifetime.

Now, however, I have a new problem: which one to choose? (Yes, it’s a First World Problem if ever I heard one, and I am a lucky, lucky girl to have such “problems” to grapple with!) I can’t decide so I’m going to let you choose:

Dress # 1:

This one was instinctively my favourite: because I’m permanently freezing, I love dresses with sleeves, and they’re actually quite hard to find. (Why do so many stores produce dresses with short or three-quarter length sleeves during the winter? I always have to wear a cardigan or something over the top, or a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath and, well, it can look quite odd.) This also has a fabulous, film noir kind of look to it, but, with my ghostly skin, could just end up looking a little too severe. Hmm.

Dress # 2:

Totally simple, but hey, it worked for Audrey Hepburn, and you just can’t go wrong with a little black dress, can you? (Well, OK, you can. But not with this one.) Short sleeves, but a cut that would easily allow me to wear something over or under it.

Dress # 3:

Military style, great with long boots and, OK, elbow length sleeves, but I reckon I could deal with it.

Oh, I can’t decide. I’m leaning towards number one, but then there’s number two. And, oh, hey, number three could look great with those boots I bought last year.

Which should I go for?

EDITED TO ADD: Thanks for your feedback, everyone – I’ve ordered number one and am just waiting for it to arrive!

Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a full-time fashion/shoe blogger from the UK, and this is the story of my life, my clothes, and the International Man of Mystery Next Door. You can read more from me at my other blogs, The Fashion Police and Shoeperwoman, and you can follow me on Bloglovin' here.


  • Reply October 5, 2010


    I’m casting my vote for number one. At first glance I liked the second one better but I think that the first one has everything the second one has, with sleeves. You’re totally right about dresses with sleeves being hard to find. Also, it’s LOVELY :)

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    The first one is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Reply October 5, 2010

    Bjarney Inga

    Number one all the way1

  • Reply October 5, 2010

    Erin Le Clerc

    Number One by about 100 miles. I think you’ll need to wear it with an up-do (Bee hive! Yay!) to fit with the style, but you’ll look AMAZING! xx

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Although dress #1 is pretty, personally I prefer #2. It's a bit more versatile in its plainness, and you could style it for summer or winter.

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Another vote for number one!

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    I vote for you being freezing. #2 :)

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  • Reply October 5, 2010


    #1. And only so I may live vicariously through you. Because YOWZA. Love it!

    (PS – I think now I must wear black today. You have inspired me! Though this will probably manifest itself as a cardigan… :-P)

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    OOOh, love them all, but my vote goes for number 1 – wouldn’t it be great to wear a dress without something underneath or over the top of it! :D

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Number 1!

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Number 2 is my favourite. You’re right – so Audrey! Cool blog header, btw :)

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    I was going to say the first, but then I took a good long look at them (as I usually do with Karen Millen dresses)and I actually think the third dress would suit you best. But I think that’s just me….

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Probably number one (so glamorous!) but I have a soft spot for 3 as well.

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Number one! The long sleeves are just wonderful.

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    For me it would depend what kind of other LBD’s you already have in your closet. If you already have one with long sleeves, I’d go for #2 or #3, and if you already have one that’s sleeveless or short-sleeved, I’d go for #1 or #3.

    All that being said, I was drawn to #3. I loved the military styling that make it a little more unique than “just” an ordinary LBD.

    Good luck choosing.

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Because I, personally, would like wearing number one the most, I’m tempted to say that one, but I think that with your willowy shape and amazing hair you will look incredibly good in number two. I think number three is lovely, but the extra detail might swamp you (although if you’ve tried it on and know that’s not the case I do like its slightly offbeat nature). I think work the pale and interesting (I’m one of this tribe myself) by going bare-armed in the summer, and dress up with a contrasting cardie / top in the winter.

    But think about it… number two, heels, beehive. You know it’ll look good. ;)

  • Reply October 5, 2010

    Nikki G

    I would go with number 1. So pretty!

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    number 1. i’m sure you’d look stunning in all, but #1, its something else…

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    I prefer number 2, with number 3 a close second.

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Love number one as well. Stylish, timeless, and structured all in one. I want it. Can we share?! ;)

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Number 2! That Breakfast at Tiffanys look never goes out of style! So chic!

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    LOVE dress number 1! I know I haven’t ever commented, and this will sound creepy, but I read your blog since forever and I think number one would look best on you. It has such a beautiful structure, and I feel like your hair would look smashing projected on the long sleeves :)

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Given the weather.. and the fact that you waited for the winter stock to come in… i’d say “go for number one” ! Long-sleeved LBDs are hard to find.. and this one looks totally amazing !
    Other than that, 2 and 3 are both grest… if i had the money, i’d buy all :)

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    I’d say number three personally. But they’re all lovely.

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    I say one, Maria says three!

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Number one! I too get very cold, and like you said, it’s rare to find a dress with sleeves in the winter. :)

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    I would have said no. 1, but having just looked at the KM website it is described as backless!! Further investigation shows it has a deep V back, so you’ll be freezing in it. Best go for no. 2, you can always wear a sheer chiffon blouse or silk sweater underneath it in the winter(or the ubiquitous cardi) and it will look fab in the summer.

  • Reply October 5, 2010


    Thanks for the votes everyone – I went with number one in the end, which I think was the most popular: now just have to wait for it to arrive!

  • Reply October 6, 2010

    Grit and Glamour

    Amber, so ELATED you left a comment so I could discover your fantastic blog! Love it! I’m following you on Bloglovin’ (#20!) and have added you to my Blogroll page. I love when I discover another feisty fashionista!

    ♥ V
    twitter: @gritandglamour

    PS: Dress 1 is HOTNESS.

  • Reply October 6, 2010


    I like number 1 the most.

  • Reply October 6, 2010


    Dress One! You said yourself it’s hard to find dresses with longer sleeves and this has them. Plus it’s a gorgeous dress with lovely tailoring.


  • Reply October 6, 2010


    Number one is amazing- is classic and beautiful! And you know it won't date. Number two would be tricky to pull off. And from photos etc i think you'd look really amazing in number one!

  • Reply October 6, 2010


    Number 1 is amazing!! :o)

  • Reply October 7, 2010


    I vote for number 2. I really really like number 1, but I think #2 would be easier to style, and you could probably get more wear out of it through the seasons.

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