Invest in the Dress

Little Black Dress and Pearl Necklace

A few days ago, a good friend of mine asked me over a plate of portobello mushroom fries and a glass of overpriced sparkling water, “When you go shopping for clothes, what do you look for?”

After a moment’s thought, I told her, “Quality. I like to keep my closet lean and invest in beautiful pieces that I know will last a few solid years.”

Custom Made Office Dress

Rewind to my college days when I gravitated towards trendy, flimsy pieces that broke down after 3 nights out (ahem, Forever21). Granted, at that time it was all I could afford but as soon as I started earning a decent paycheck, I found myself becoming more critical of the things I bought.

Black Sheath LBD

I wanted clothing that lasted and reflected my newfound sophisticated taste. Now, the more I learn about the manufacturing process, the more I make it a point to never consume mindlessly.

Little Black Dress Details

Quality over quantity became my tried and true, albeit cliché, shopping motto. So beautiful fabrics, impeccable stitching and carefully thought out silhouettes became must-have qualities.

Tailored Black PIOL Dress

A year ago, I discovered  PIOL — makers of custom-made dresses — a company that makes all kinds of LBDs (Little Black Dresses)  with an attention to detail that would make even Miss Hepburn proud.

Black Cat Eye Nina RIcci Sunglasses

I spy with my little eye… the perfect LBD!

Opera Length Pearls

Of course, it’s an investment and each tailored dress will cost you a pretty penny: $550 to $650. But when you can tailor a dress to your exact measurement and tastes — from the neckline to the pattern — and unique shape — from your bust to your height, it’s an investment that pays itself off in the years to come.

Plus, it’s versatile enough to look killer at work and play.

Classic LBD Dress

Style Notes
PIOL black sheath LBD
Nina Ricci black cat eye sunglasses similar here
Christian Louboutin black patent leather pumps similar here
Opera length pearls similar here
Helen Kaminski straw clutch similar here

Beauty Notes
Giorgio Armani red lippie

Photos by The Amazing Sabrina Hill of Party With No Cake