The Minimalist Black Dress

Recently I looked back at my outfit posts on the blog and Instagram and realised there was something missing from my wardrobe: a black dress.

I absolutely have no idea why this is the case. There is just something so versatile and classic about black dresses that it is an absolute essential in every wardrobe, capsule or otherwise.

Now that I have realised that I don’t have a black dress, I need one, stat.

In my search for the perfect black dress I’m taking inspiration from some of my favourite Australian bloggers Modern Legacy, Beige Renegade and Kristy Who, who all follow a lean, minimalist approach to their style. If you’re not familiar with what minimalist style is, it typically means that the colour palette is muted (think black, white, navy); prints are usually eschewed, except for stripes; and the lines and shapes of the clothes are simple and clean. However, there is always just that one detail, that one cut that makes the outfit just that bit edgier and different – the drape of the dress, the shape, the buttons, for example.

modern_legacy_black_dressvia modern legacy

beige_renegade_black_dress5Jiawa Liu of beige renegade via lookbook

kristy_who_black_dressvia kristy who

While I could never be a true minimalist as per the definition above (I like polka dots too much and and I’m not averse to a bit of red), I admire the simplicity and elegance of this minimalist approach. I think it’s a style that could suit any body shape, transcends seasons and trends, and can be executed very easily with just a few key pieces, including the essential black dress. The main thing about minimalist style is investing in good quality, timeless pieces that can be worn time and time again, as they’ll form a core part of the minimalist wardrobe. In such cases, investing more than what you normally would in these pieces is essential as you don’t want something to fall apart after only a few wears.

With this in mind, I’ve teamed up with Lyst to create a wish list of minimalist black dresses – seriously, this website is a brilliant resource, with loads of designers and brands all in the one place. Not only do these dresses have that minimalist aesthetic I mentioned above, they work for pretty much every occasion, from work through to play, with a pair of vertiginous heels, simple slides, or bright white kicks. Really, any one of these could work in my wardrobe.


Top row, l-r: Sandro, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone
Second row, l-r: Raoul, Sportmax, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Third row, l-r: Red Valentino, Rag & Bone, Tibi
Last row, l-r: COS, Jaeger, MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela

Even though these black dresses are minimalist, there is something about each of the dresses that makes them stand out, whether it be the cut, the shape or the detail. The wrap front on the Proenza Schouler dress; the leather panel on the Raoul one; the cuffs of the Sportsmax dress; the flared sleeves of the Tibi off-shoulder number – these are what make the minimalist black dress interesting. I seriously have my eye on the 3.1 Phillip Lim dress above, I’m loving that pleat detail and how it could work with some loafers just as well as it does with white sneakers. I can also see it being worn with a simple waist belt to create a bit of shape. If you’re a fan of it too make sure you leave one in size US 6 for me.

I’d love to know if any of these catch your eye too! Be sure to check out these minimalist black dresses and other new season pieces on Lyst, and as always leave a comment below to let me know which dress is your favourite (and if there’s a US 6 in the 3.1 Phillip Lim dress left).

This post was sponsored by LystHeader image via beige renegade


Linking up with: Threads for Thomas | Jeans and a Teacup | Two Thirty Five Designs | Style Elixir | Lizzie in Lace | Forage Fashion

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