The simple black dress just endures, and endures, and endures. It is timelessly elegant, supremely flattering, and typically, quite comfortable. I went for a vintage 1930's evening look here, but I have a little secret. I kind of borrowed from the current pajama trend for this look. As a kid, pajama-themed school days were a source of dread. I had strong feelings that wearing pajamas out of the house made them not special for bedtime. Pajamas are a sleep cue! I just couldn't wear them anywhere but the bed. And, I still feel that way.
However, I have an old satin robe with the most gorgeous flutter sleeves that absolutely capture the essence of pre-WWII evening wear. The robe is on the shorter side, though, so I paired it with this wonderfully flowing Elieen Fisher maxi skirt that (also styled in this post) I purchased secondhand with the tags still attached.
I love classic accessories because you can style them so many ways and still have a nicely edited closet that isn't overflowing with an obscene amount of stuff. This red bow sash came with my Adrianna Papell ball skirt (which I have styled SO many different ways over the years) and I reach for it over and over when I'm finishing a look. It's such a simple piece, and can finish both modern and vintage looks quite effortlessly.
It's easy to hop on the trend bandwagon. But, in my opinion, investing in classic pieces immediately elevates your wardrobe, and by extension, how you are seen when you get dressed and do out into the world. There's no need to create an overly caricatured look when you're attempting to bring vintage elements into your outfits. Some of the looks I've fallen most in love with are those that look timeless rather than heavily wed to any particular era.
Here's to classics! As Coco Chanel said, "Fashion changes, but style endures." Seek your style and keep it timeless.