Black Dresses and The Wardrobe Cluster

Black Dresses and The Wardrobe Cluster

What do you do with all those black dresses? Or in this case just the one.

Every wardrobe cluster works when each piece aids in the construction of different chic outfits. Black dresses are vital to these collections, but I always recommend having just one. That's because every dress can be made different with just a few changes. Here are some examples.

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This is my go-to LBD paired with the warp dress as a duster. The long, lightweight coat is a huge trend right now, and I always wanted one but didn't want to spend the money. So I thought why not wear my wrap dress open? That pretty much makes it a duster, no?

Long sleeve DVF wrap dress Sleeveless DVF wrap Silk jersey wrap dress 3/4 sleeve wrap dress

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Diane Von Furstenberg is the queen of wrap dresses, and for good reason. They add color to your wardrobe cluster, and are great for changing up your black dresses. The longer lengths are great as dusters, and the shorter lengths can work left open over a shirt and pants.

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Out of all my black dresses, I chose this Donna Mizani one because it's great quality, and fits perfectly. I also wanted a dress that was a shorter length so I can wear to my birthday which was this month.

Donna Mizani racer front dress Donna Mizani mesh dress Missguided racer front dress 90s neckline dress

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I love the tan pump here as it makes my legs look longer. The Manolo BB pump is my fave.

A good skin color shoe is a must for any wardrobe cluster. Christian Louboutin makes these heels in multiple shades.

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For another look, I thought I'd try something different, and pair the dress with a white tank.

Vince sleeveless top Vince crepe top Silk chiffon top Brunello Cucinelli silk tank Silk scoop neck top

These tops are all staples that we must have in our closet for a complete wardrobe. Some of the higher neck tops would look even better over racer front black dresses. I kind of like when the dress shows through though ;)

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To give this outfit that skirt-and-shirt look, I added a double sided belt. A reversible belt is another beneficial item in the wardrobe cluster, because you get two for one!

Finally, for accessories I went with the roll top bag (similar here), and some black sandals (dupe pair here).

I wanted to show that not all clothes must be worn exactly in their traditional sense. Black dresses can be worn under tanks or button downs, and wrap dresses can be worn as dusters. It's all about making it unique to you!