I’m just going to start this post out by talking about my disbelief with how ridiculous the weather has been in 2018 so far. Not quite the warm welcome I had hoped for this year! It is literally almost May and it is still dumping snow in some locations. I’ve been needing a jacket every morning and evening here in Austin when it’s normally hitting the 90 degree mark! The need for layers or light-weight long sleeves is a must with the cooler weather sticking around. It’s been tough to find date night appropriate looks as I really don’t want to whip out my Fall clothing again. My other option would be to start layering with frumpy cardigans and I really don’t want to go that route either. I want to wear cute summer clothes! Needless to say, I was quite excited to find this black lace dress online.
THE PERFECT BLACK LACE DRESS FOR THE SEASON
Fully equipped with sheer long sleeves, I knew this black lace dress would be perfect. It’s definitely not that summer look most of y’all are going for but if you need a chic date night look without needing a jacket, this could definitely work. The details on this dress are absolutely stunning. I was immediately drawn to it when I saw it on the Chicwish site. Does anyone else get sucked into that site and want to order everything because its so cute and affordable?? I know I can’t be the only one.
Anyway, let’s talk more about this black lace dress and why it is going to be a staple for me this year. I normally don’t like to spend a fortune on dresses. Living in Austin, there is really no need to own many super dressy pieces of clothing. Everyone is so damn casual here it drives me crazy! BUT there are those times where we actually feel like looking a little sharper than normal. Don’t get me wrong though, that’s extremely rare. 😂 Anytime I dress up I always opt for an empire waist, fit and flare dress or a maxi. Like I’ve explained in many of my blog posts, my body type is extremely weird so I mask it with my clothing. This style of dress fits my body type the best and evens everything out. It is definitely the most flattering out of anything I would normally choose to wear.
The sheer sleeves on this black lace dress are perfect for those chillier evenings if you aren’t wanting to lug around a jacket. Even if it’s hot outside restaurants like to crank up the AC and have it like an ice box! I chose to pair this dress with a classic heel from Steve Madden and a more casual crossbody bag. Just for reference, I am wearing the size small in the Gucci Marmont. If you have been eyeing this bag and aren’t sure what size to get (mini or small) I did an entire post going over the sizing here. Most of these bags are on pre-order so order soon before the list gets too long! This dress does come in a short sleeve version too if you aren’t feeling the sheer sleeves.
Sizing wise, this dress runs true to size. I am normally a 0/2 or small in most dresses and figured this style would run a little small. I opted for a small to test it out and it actually fit perfectly. Even though this black lace dress has quite a bit of sheer lace on the top you can actually wear almost every style bra with it. Depending on the fit and how lose the material is up top I will either wear pasties (I wear these with everything), a lace bralette or a regular black or nude bra. Something with lace straps or lace detailing would be such a cute extra touch with the existing lace overlay. You can always go the strapless route too!