Found: The Perfect Little Black Dress

Dress up the perfect little black dress with leopard d'Orsay pumps and a chic tassel foldover clutch. This is the perfect office to dinner look!

A classic LBD tops every list of women’s wardrobe essentials I’ve ever read, along with a good white button-down shirt and a classic blazer. The perfect little black dress should fit you like a glove and be classic yet versatile enough to make it appropriate for almost any occasion with a few well chosen accessories.

True confessions: I’ve never had one. (I don’t have a good white button-down or a classic blazer either, ironically.) What kind of fashion blogger am I?

I’ve had black dresses through the years, but they never stay in my closet for more than a few seasons. I’ve never found that classic little black dress that is timeless and fits to perfection and can be worn year-round and dressed up or down. The closest I’ve come is a navy blue sheath that I had in my closet for many years and finally passed on when it got to be too small, but the perfect little black dress eluded me until now.

Last week I was perusing the Boomingdales website for an upcoming post I’m working on for them, and I came across this little number. I knew instantly it was The One. I wasn’t even looking for a LBD, but when I saw it, I knew it was a sure thing. The classic lines, the structure, the length, the narrow V-neck, just the right amount of coverage to be tasteful but still fun, and in addition to that, the affordable price tag… it seemed too good to be true.

It came in the mail a few days ago, and I ran right upstairs to try it on. I zipped it up, and voila! Perfection.

The Perfect LBD: T Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress

It has just enough stretch to be comfortable, but plenty of structure to flatter the figure without clinging. The neckline shows just enough skin to be flattering but maintain your modesty. I can throw that elusive blazer over top (I actually went shopping for a go-to blazer yesterday… stay tuned!) or a cardigan, depending on the occasion. Maybe even toss a moto jacket over my shoulders for an edgier look.

The Perfect LBD: T Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress

Of course, I’m a plain jane, and I’ll most likely wear it as a stand alone piece with a pair of sassy pumps or dressy sandals. For a trial run, I paired it with these half d’Orsay leopard pumps.

Kristin Cavallari 'Oracle' half d'Orsay Leopard Pumps

I ordered them recently to go with another black dress, ironically — one that is much more trendy than this one. (Stay tuned!) I’m learning that the only way I can wear pumps is if they have a lower heel. Three inches is about as high as I can go, so when I saw these AND they were on sale, I snagged them. They aren’t the most comfortable shoes (they’re kind of rough around the inside) but for the price, I can make them work. They look great with jeans too.

Dress up the perfect little black dress with leopard d'Orsay pumps and a chic tassel foldover clutch. This is the perfect office to dinner look!

Here’s a better view of the inside of the shoes.

Kristin Cavallari 'Oracle' half d'Orsay Leopard Pumps

Since this is a look I’d probably wear out to dinner or somewhere fancy, I accessorized with these mixed metal geometric chandeliers and beaded coil wrap bracelet, both from my Stella & Dot boutique.

The Perfect LBD: T Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress

I finished the outfit with this tassel foldover clutch, which was gifted by GiGi New York at the rewardStyle conference I attended last spring.

I’m so excited to try different ways of styling this dress, and I know it’s going to come in handy on many occasions.

The Perfect LBD: T Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress

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T Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress // Kristin Cavallari ‘Oracle’ half d’Orsay Pumps // Stella Foldover Clutch c/o GiGi New York // Etoile Chandeliers and Celine Wrap Bracelet via my Stella & Dot // nails: CND Fedora

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