Where to find a traditional black dress?!


#1

So, I’m going to a gala fundraiser in a few weeks and want to buy a simple black dress - picture a round neck line, below the knee, short sleeve sheath dress. A string of pearls and it’s classic, right?

Ha! No where to be found. All the dresses in the mall are low cut, tight, short or too sparkly. Not even close.

I do sew, so I marched myself to the fabric store for a look. I have time to make something.

I love Asian look dresses in a brocade. I brought home a pattern and 1/8 of a yard of brocade to mull over. Also a pattern for a sheath dress. I’d rather not have to make a dress, but I will.

I’ve tried the major department stores and on line. I hesitate to buy on line because if the fit is wrong I won’t have time to exchange it.

Where have you bought a simple black dress?


#2

Dillard’s, Penney’s, Carson’s (Boston Store), Field’s now Macy’s.

I understand about not wanting to make one.


#3

I went to Macys, Penneys, Sears and Boscovs this afternoon.

I looked at Nordstrom on line (there’s a Nordstrom 30 min from me) but they were too expensive and most were too low cut.

Sigh . . . my machine may come out of hiding after Easter!


#4

White House Black Market

www.whitehouseblackmarket.com


#5

Nordstrom’s has a ton.

Go to the Nordstrom’s dress shop on their website and then the link to Little Black Dress.


#6

jcrew.com/catalog/product.jhtml?id=prod90821191&catId=cat300191
jcrew.com/catalog/product.jhtml?id=prod89483191&catId=cat300191
gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=13658&pid=498489
anntaylor.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=12317&N=1200003&pCategoryId=101&categoryId=180&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_180&defaultColorNameFromCategory=Bright%20Mandarin&defaultSizeTypeFromCategory=Misses
anntaylor.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=13689&N=1200003&pCategoryId=101&categoryId=180&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_180&defaultColorNameFromCategory=Black&defaultSizeTypeFromCategory=Misses
anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=11770&N=1200012&pCategoryId=199&categoryId=211&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_211&defaultColorNameFromCategory=Black&defaultSizeTypeFromCategory=Misses
anntaylorloft.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=11674&N=1200012&pCategoryId=199&categoryId=211&Ns=CATEGORY_SEQ_211&showAll=Y&defaultColorNameFromCategory=Black&defaultSizeTypeFromCategory=Misses

A few options!


#7

overstock.com/Clothing/Bette-Paige-Womens-Scoop-Neck-Dress/2624025/product.html

49.99 and pretty!


#8

I hesitate to chime in here, but did you check your local consignment and/or second-hand shops?


#9

Oh that is pretty!


#10

Burlington, Ross…


#11

From Target…

target.com/Isaac-Mizrahi-Target-Envelope-Dress/dp/B000ZBQ9UE/qid=1206052810/ref=br_1_12/602-1242191-7334253?ie=UTF8&node=391687011&frombrowse=1&rh=tgt%5F2%3ABlack&page=1

target.com/Merona-Solid-Knit-Dress-Black/dp/B0011RWPKE/qid=1206052973/ref=br_1_8/602-1242191-7334253?ie=UTF8&node=391687011&frombrowse=1&pricerange=&index=tgt-mf-mv&field-browse=391687011&rank=-product%5Fsite%5Flaunch%5Fdate&rh=tgt%5F2%3ABlack&page=2

target.com/Merona-Embroidered-Dress-Ebony/dp/B0012DRQCE/qid=1206053015/ref=br_1_12/602-1242191-7334253?ie=UTF8&node=391687011&frombrowse=1&pricerange=&index=tgt-mf-mv&field-browse=391687011&rank=-product%5Fsite%5Flaunch%5Fdate&rh=tgt%5F2%3ABlack&page=2

From JCPenny…

www2.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?DeptID=50434&CatID=51368&GrpTyp=SIZ&ItemID=1384508&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CmCatId=EXTERNAL|50444|51368&mscssid=6ca9049d78bb34d699580b52b8d195a40xMnVNoV5ayoxMnVNoV5ayW200B15FB63B73019863DE538076F7019DF9E0808022

www2.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?DeptID=50434&CatID=51368&GrpTyp=SIZ&ItemID=13848bd&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CmCatId=EXTERNAL|50444|51368&mscssid=6ca9049d78bb34d699580b52b8d195a40xMnVNoV5ayoxMnVNoV5ayW200B15FB63B73019863DE538076F7019DF9E0808022

www2.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?DeptID=50434&CatID=51368&GrpTyp=SIZ&ItemID=13848b5&attrtype=&attrvalue=&CmCatId=EXTERNAL|50444|51368&mscssid=6ca9049d78bb34d699580b52b8d195a40xMnVNoV5ayoxMnVNoV5ayW200B15FB63B73019863DE538076F7019DF9E0808022


#12

Thanks, I’ll check out the links.


#13

I bought from JC Penny online for my bridesmaids’ dresses. They accepted returns to their store, so one option I could suggest would be if you purchase a dress from them, order 2 or 3 sizes and return the ones that do not fit in store. You may have to spend a little more on postage, but it will insure that you have plenty of options in a short period of time. :thumbsup:


#14

Have actually found good basics (slacks, jackets, skirts, shifts) @ Banana Republic. They’re great for petites/small sizes as well.


#15

If you have Steve and Barry near you- Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Bitten” line has a lovely classic black dress.
Issac Mizrahi’s line at Target has some great stuff as well.

Mizrahi Black
Mizrahi Black Special Edition


#16

I found one at Macy’s, though I did have to add some fabric to make the neckline higher. White House Black Market is fantastic, and sometimes Ann Taylor or Banana Republic, but honestly I do end up making or redoing half the clothes I wear, it’s really hard to find really nice, modest, and interesting clothing out there.


#17

I know you don’t want to buy online, but this is really nice IMO:

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#18

I have luck at Talbots with dresses – if you have a store nearby they will allow you to return items ordered online directly to them. The main reason I like them is everything is available in petites (that would be me :D) and talls.

Good luck!!!


#19

These are all beautiful and the prices are great! :smiley:


#20

I decided to bite the bullet and make a dress. I’m going to make the asian style dress in a black print brocade. A trip to the facric store is on my agenda today.


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