Thursday, April 28, 2011

Petite Fashion Challenge # 7: Dressing up your LBD

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This month, the Petite Fashion Challenge # 7 is hosted by Jessy of TheLittleDustPrincess. This challenge is to "add a pop of colour (or two) to your little black dress to change up the look. You could add anything from an accessory to a blazer, or even nail polish!"

This is by far the most challenge that I have been participating. I own many black dresses but when it comes to dressing up one, I am clueless. I picked up this little black dress last month at Macy’s thinking it would be a versatile piece to have. Two things about this dress that caught my attention: pleats and lace. Although black isn’t my first choice of color when it comes to clothing but I see potential for a lot of variations. I’ve put together 3 outfits and I hope you’ll like them. Don't forget to vist The Little Dust Princess for other fabulous ideas. A big thank to Jessy for hosting this challenge!

Outfit # 1: This outfit would be cute for date night or dinner out. As you can tell, I am wearing the exact same belt (buy similar here) and shoes (buy similar here) from my previous post. I know I am boring and/or running out of ideas :)  However, I do like the black/red combination. This dress has a very sexy deep-V back which I love.

Outfit # 2: If you’re not into matchy matchy belts and shoes, then try outfit # 2 for a casual look. I just simply added a scarf for a pop of color. I scored this silk scarf at LOFT last season for  $4.99 and I love it! It can also be worn as a belt. I can see myself wearing this outfit with flats to run errands on the weekend.
Outfit # 3: I'm always trying to come up with ways to style my clothes. I created the outfit # 3 for the office. I paired it with a leopard cardigan (buy similar here) and a black belt with a touch of gold (buy it here). The cardigan also helps covering up the back of the dress.

When I first bought this dress, the skirt had a layer of polyester tulle (see outfit # 1). I am not really into tulle so I snipped it off. Overall, I think this dress would be a perfect transition from day to night, work to play. What do you ladies think?



All the outfits look great! I love black and red together, and am a sucker for leopard print! I also have that same scarf and bought it super cheap too!

I am Khatu

love the cut, so sexy! Business in the front and party in the back. lol.

gold N turquoise

Lol Khatu!

Agreed, the back of this dress is beyond amazing! And nothing beats crisp pleating.

Great ideas for the LBD. :)



Three ideas!! Thanks!! :)

That v-back is so hot! That is a great scarf!!

Regarding your weather comment on my blog...don't be too will be a super windy weekend! I am surprised I even got a good picture...most of them my hair was being blown in my mouth!


wow, not 1 but 3 outfits!! i love the different styling ideas. and hooray for both using a scarf as a belt! the pleats on the skirt are absolutely gorgeous and the back is so suuuper sexy.

cute & little

Recovering Shopaholic

Love it Sydney! Thanks for providing 3 looks! I think my fave is the first!


Wow...I'm blown away lol. Three very different looks (all very nice and presented nicely, may I add) showcasing an already pretty and unique dress. I love the back cut as well. You and Elle are twins in outfit # 1!


Sydney, it doesn't seem like you had trouble with this challenge! 3 different and distinct looks?! #1 has to be my favorite, LOVE the red pairing with the sexy back. Great job!


I love #1! The deep v-neck back is so unexpected with the demure front - very chic! Also love the pleating of the skirt - very on-trend :)


wowzers soo sexy!!! my fav is look #2 with the scarf worn as a belt. very creative and you wear all 3 looks very well, sydney!


You went above and beyond the call of the challenge! I love all three outfits but I am partial to #1 (haha wink wink nudge nudge, outfit twin). I have to say the pleats on the dress makes it so much more interesting than just a plain LBD. Good job!!!

Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)

Wow I love this dress, the back is so super sexy! I think you did a fabulous job! Errr for practical reasons what undergarments are you sporting? LOL!

Thank, Q

All of them look nice, but I really like the first one. (Found your site from Life of Ann James)


Wow love the back of that dress!! :) it really does work nicely for work or a night out! Great styling :)



Wowie! All three look great but I love the leopard!! I might need to borrow that sometime :) The back of that dress is phenomenal too!


I love the wide range of looks! You are a talented stylist! xoxo Kiki

Alterations Needed

Love the back of that dress! So pretty! I agree with your decision to snip off the tulle layer...the dress looks 100X more chic without out! I think my favorite is #3, but it's a hard decision because they all look great!


I thought I was seeing things when I saw the first photo with the tulle and then the other ones without it. But ah, you cut them off, I think is a good decision, since it makes the dress looks less costume-y (or less kiddish, as I'm always a culprit of). too bad I don't own red shoes yet, but if I did, I would have worn it for the challenge too, haha. Love how you showed 3 separate looks!


someone is bringing sexy back :P

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali

Love the Red/Black look!!!
Kidswear at Fashion Panache


Great looks and each one is works for different occasions. The back is all kinds of amazing! =)

Petite in the City

The dress is so sexy in the back!!! I think the last outfit is definitely great to transition from day to night. I hope you kept you're tulle though, it would be great if u could attach it for an evening outfit!


Really Petite

*whistle* !!!! You look gorgeous Sydney!!! Stunning....I have no words :D


My favorite is the red/black combination. You're bringing sexy back! ;). I'm a sucker for red, and it's just so va-va-voom!

All the styles work though, and go together so well. That is QUITE the beautiful black dress! Love the sandals!


I agree w/Kelly. #3 has got to be my favorite too.


Gorgeous dress, I love the back!


Love how you're showing the versatility of your (OMG) sexy LBD! The first one is definitely my favorite with the red accessories! Perfect for a date night!

The Little Dust Princess

The red one is so sexy! I love the red accents. The third look is great for a more casual feel. Great job, Sydney :D

Thank you for participating! : )

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