Three Ways to Style a Black Dress: From Work, to Cocktails to Weekend

Use code Flourish20 at checkout to receive $20 off your purchase of $100 or more at  robin b. 

Use code Flourish20 at checkout to receive $20 off your purchase of $100 or more at robin b. 

Over the past few years I have really come to appreciate the flexibility of a good black dress. To me, what makes a black dress a great wardrobe staple is its ability to be figure flattering and naturally versatile—acting as a sort of “blank canvas” for however you want to style it.

Since black dresses are so important to the foundation of a women’s wardrobe, you’d think they would be easy to find. However, if you’re like me, you may have had a hard time finding a black dress that’s flattering, versatile, affordable and premium quality, all at the same time.

Well, I’m excited to tell you that I’ve found an amazing black dress that’s all of the above! And it gets better!

Three ways to style a black dress

The dress that I am wearing in these photos is from a women-owned company called robin b.

Robin is an amazing boss lady (you can read more about her here) who spent a good portion of her career in retail working for major brands where she noticed a hole in the market when searching for luxurious basics at an affordable price. So, she decided to break off and design her own clothes to meet a need that wasn’t being met in women’s clothing, and robin b. was born.

The brand was founded on the principle that basics should be high-quality and versatile—with the ability to effortlessly shift from work to play.

I think that this black dress is the epitome of that philosophy—it is a staple that can transition with you into every season and any occasion.

If you were to look at this dress up close, it would be a given that this it is clearly suitable as work wear or for formal occasions. It is beautifully made and expertly stitched (the seams on the side make it have a really flattering fit!) But what I didn’t expect is that it also transitions really nicely into casual wear—which makes it a great option for the weekends as well!

Use code Flourish20 at checkout to receive $20 off your purchase of $100 or more at  robin b. 

Use code Flourish20 at checkout to receive $20 off your purchase of $100 or more at robin b. 

I took this dress for a spin on a very busy Saturday. I ran around town wearing it (and changing in and out of it) for a photo shoot, then ran errands, then wore it to shop for a blogger event later that night. It was amazing. Typically, I would only wear a dress like this for work, but the length and soft flexibility of the fabric really makes this dress something that you can wear for long periods of time (it is so comfortable!) which makes it perfect for both formal and casual occasions. 

Another thing that makes this dress unique is that it’s a bit longer than the average shift dress which usually hits above the knees. This one hits just below—which creates a very sophisticated look and adds to its versatility as it can be worn in colder temperatures too. But it’s also sleeveless so can be worn when it’s hot. (Was robin b. reading my mind when she made this dress? I think so!)

In these photos I have styled this dress in three ways: for the office, cocktails and the weekend.

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The Office Look:

For the office, I styled this dress with my fav black blazer, statement necklace to add a pop of shine, and my favorite pointy toe heels!

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Three Ways to Style A Black Dress
Three Ways to Style a Black Dress
Three Ways to Style a Black Dress

Cocktail Look:

This dress could literally just be worn on it’s own for date night or cocktails, but to add a bit of color (and because it’s cold out!) I styled with a pretty scarf to cover my shoulders. Since this is a dressier look, I paired it with a patent leather pump.

How to Style a Black Dress for Date Night
Black dress for date night
How to style a black dress for formal occasions

Weekend (Casual) Look:

I paired this with my favorite chambray button down top (you could just use any casual button down you have in your closet) and tied it at my waist. I paired it with another one of my favorite statement necklaces because while I wanted to appear casual, I was going to an event later that day so I wanted to look kind of dressy/casual…if that makes sense ha!

For shoes, I paired it with some white loafers, which were key because I was running around all day!

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How to style a black dress for the weekend
How to style a black dress for the weekend
How to style a black dress for the weekend

If you're in the market for a new black dress or just some wardrobe basics, I hope you check out robin b. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to spotlight new, amazing startup brands, like robin b. that are innovating women's wear to adapt to our busy, crazy, beautiful lives! <3

This post was sponsored by robin b. 

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