In my opinion, every girl should have a little black dress. Mine is from American Eagle. It's actually a dark, dark blue with small velveteen diamond shapes on it (see inset). It has hidden pockets (which is handy) and is convertible so you can remove the straps and have it be strapless too. (Personally I think strapless, short dresses make your torso look funny, but it's an option.) In short, it has everything. Unfortunately, it's also not available any more. But you get the gist.
In the past four days I've worn it three times. Once to a family gathering, once to a formal party, and once to school. The best thing you can do to a staple dress is make it versatile.
|blurry but you can see the jeans...|
(bad photos coming up... low light hates me)
|with my momma|
(again, bad picture... you can barely see it, but that's a new sweater which I l.o.v.e.)
|That's a creepy face I'm making... o.O|
See? The trick is to use accessories. A sweater and jeans or a leather belt instantly grunges down an otherwise formal dress, but sheer tights and heels make you ready for a party.
Makeup is also important. You'll notice my makeup for the two less-formal outfits is pretty much just my eyes. But for the party I put on a red lip and next to nothing on my eyes. It's all about balance.