Black Drawstring Dress for Spring

I rarely use the term “must-have” when talking about wardrobe items. I mean, we all have different body types and lifestyles and budgets, and rarely is there one item that I think every woman should have in her closet.

But this dress, y’all. It is one you should definitely consider adding to your spring wardrobe.

While a casual black dress is considered a wardrobe staple, I rarely find one that I feel comfortable wearing around casually.

Black dresses either seem too formal or too much like a beach-coverup; it’s hard to find one that’s in-between, but Caslon nailed it with this one.

This dress isn’t really new; in fact, I had it in the navy and white stripe last year — you can see how I styled it in this post.

I really enjoyed that one and wore it a lot, but this solid black one is even better, in my opinion. It seems way more versatile with more styling options and more flexibility to dress it up or down, whereas the striped ones are definitely casual.

Plus the solid color is more forgiving than the wide stripes. I feel like this black one is more slimming and flattering.

For some reason, this black dress seems to run smaller than the striped ones. I ordered the grey and black stripe and this solid black, and the striped one was at least an inch longer and seemed to have more material in the top half as well.

Maybe it was a fluke with the two dresses I happened to get, but I like the fit of this solid one much better. By the way, it also comes in solid red and royal blue. For size reference, I have the small.

The styling possibilities with a black dress are virtually limitless, and I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to feature it in this post.

I considered wearing flat metallic sandals, black slides, or blush wedge sandals, and honestly, I will most likely end up wearing this dress with my TB Miller sandals most of the time, but in the end I went with these platform wedges in the saddle leather.

I like how they keep the look casual but also elevate it a bit with the platform wedge, and pairing brown and black is chic but understated.

For accessories, I thought these tortoiseshell print hoop earrings were really fun with this outfit, and they help pull the black and brown together. They’re also really lightweight and only $8 at Amazon with Prime shipping!

To that, I just added two delicate necklaces. I wanted something that wouldn’t compete with the earrings, but I didn’t want to leave the neckline bare, and these are the perfect solution. I wear these two necklaces together often — once I find a pairing I like, I tend to wear it that way over and over again.

I threw on my denim jacket to show how I’d likely wear this dress in the springtime or on a cool summer night, but it’s perfectly fine on its own.

As always, I’m wearing my Spanx Shape Your Day Girl Shorts to keep everything smooth, and also to ensure that my dress doesn’t get stuck in unfortunate places… ifyouknowwhatImean.

I’d probably swap out the wedges for flat sandals to run errands or to hang out at home, but I love this look for church or going out for drinks with girlfriends.

This dress is definitely going to be on serious repeat this spring and summer!

Outfit Details:

dress (striped version / solid red / solid royal) // sandals (also on Zappo’s) // denim jacket (option) // earrings // star necklace // pendant // beaded bracelet // crystal hinge bracelet // sunnies c/o Maui Jim

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell