How to accessorise a long black dress

Black dress + bag - green door




How to accessorise a long black dress.

I always have a long black dress in my wardrobe for summer. I prefer to choose simple styles and add vibrant accessories depending on my mood and the occasion. This years version is by MeandEm.  I found mine in their sale.  I can wear this dress during the day and then glam it up for the an evening out.

It is best to choose a soft drapey fabric, that does not crease. This is an ideal piece for traveling. I took a similar style when I went to Morocco a couple of years ago.




Black dress + pink cardigan-2





How to accessorise a long black dress

Photos by Laura Hines taken on location in Kingston

Long black dress by MeandE in the sale. Similar.

The Pink pendant from a selection at Anthropologie

The bubblegum pink cardigan is from a selection at MeandEm. Mine is from last year. They have a similar colour in a sweater in their sale.

Sandals purchased when I was in France. Similar at Nordstrom and John Lewis.






  1. Barbara Harris
    10th August 2016 / 21:51

    Wow ! You have a stunning figure ! Once slim, now I’d look like a well dressed pudding !

  2. Libby Wilkie
    10th August 2016 / 21:57

    I agree with above: very hard to wear knits like this at our age! You do it beautifully.

    • 11th August 2016 / 08:09

      Thank you all for your lovely compliments. I will pass them on to my pilates teacher! It does take some hard work and discipline. It is also important that the fabric is good quality. A cheap fabric would cling to my lumps and bumps (yes I do have them). Another trick is the belt which distracts the eye to my waist (still OK) and away from my hips (pear shaped). You can do a lot with illusion.

  3. Sue Lewellen
    10th August 2016 / 23:02

    Very chic.

  4. Linda
    11th August 2016 / 03:09

    I hope I can find a black dress like yours. It looks so stylish.

  5. 11th August 2016 / 08:11

    Forgot to mention that the bright coloured bag also attracts the eye.

  6. M-T
    12th August 2016 / 23:40

    In the spirit of a post I wrote a few years back about a waist being a terrible thing to waste, I can honestly say that you have not wasted yours. You still have a great waist and you show it to advantage. Brava! The dress is really a classic stunner. Love the accessories, too.

    Cheers, M-T

  7. Denise
    18th August 2016 / 21:04

    I’ve just taken delivery of my black maxi dress like this one and I love it, love it, love it! Such good quality and surprisingly flattering, I can’t wait to wear it on holiday. Thank you so much for bringing the MeandEm website to our attention, it’s fab.

    • 19th August 2016 / 08:57

      Hi Denise

      Glad you like it. I find there clothes very good quality.

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