Always Buy The Dress

Style blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a little black dress from Express, black Gucci purse, black strap sandal heels, and sunglasses in New York.

An old manager of mine once told me, “If you find a dress you love that fits well, always buy it! The occasion will come.” It’s so true, don’t you think? There’s nothing worse than that last minute scramble to try to find a dress when a last minute invite comes your way! We’re typically quick to buy dresses that work for daytime and work events, knowing that we’ll get lots of use out of them, but special occasion dresses? Not so much! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from friends, family, and even clients… “But where will I wear it?!” Sure, you may not know exactly where you’re going to rock the dress, but if you’re a busy gal on the go, chances are you’ve got a pretty packed social calendar, too. And I hate to even say “the h word,” but we’re turning the calendar towards a time of year where fun fetes will be happening pretty often!

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins styles a little black dress, aviator sunglasses, and crossbody purse at a special occasion event in New York City.

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins does her makeup as she wears a little black dress for a special event in NYC.

In the last few months alone, I’ve had last minute invitations for weddings, work parties, and surprise fancy nights out pop-up in the eleventh hour. Saying yes is so much easier when you know you’ve got a few go-to dresses in your closet and don’t have to drop everything you’re doing to run to the closest store you can find.

Jessica Sturdy of fashion blog Bows & Sequins organizes accessories, including shoes, jewelry, and a purse, to prepare for a special occasion in New York City.

I’ve teamed up with Express to show off one of my favorite looks for special occasion. I stopped in before NYFW for some last minute shopping and walked out with a few more dresses than I needed. But like I said, I know I’ll get use out of them in the months to come!

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins styles a little black dress, white vest, Gucci purse, and aviators.

One of my very best friends got engaged when I was in New York for fashion week! I may or may not have cried that morning when I got the “It’s happening tonight!” text and I wouldn’t be able to be there with the rest of my friends to witness it, but I was thankfully able to FaceTime in to watch the proposal. (Which obviously spurred the water works again! Haha) It’s getting to be that time when a lot of my good friends are starting to get married, and I couldn’t be more excited. I already know I have three good friends’ weddings next year and like the planner I am, I’m already wanting to make sure I have plenty of options for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, welcome parties, and more.

Jessica Sturdy of fashion blog Bows & Sequins styling a Gucci purse and bangle bracelet with a little black dress in NYC.

I bought this dress primarily for a NYFW party (that I ended up being too sick to go to… I swear the Fashion Week Flu happens every time!), but I knew when I bought it that I’d be able to wear it for many occasions to come! I love how it’s so subtly sexy… The corset-like top, the sheer lace panels at the waist, and the fitted body make for the perfect dress for a fancy night out! Whether it’s date night or a fun night out celebrating the bride to be, I know I’ll be wearing this dress a lot more than once. (Especially since an LBD is season-less, too!)

Jessica Sturdy of fashion blog Bows & Sequins wears an Express black dress, black choker, and aviator sunglasses.

Style blogger Bows & Sequins displays a purse, bracelet, necklace, watch, earrings, and more while preparing for a special occasion on New York.

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a black dress, black choker necklace, sunglasses, and crossbody purse in NYC.

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a little black dress, Gucci purse, strap sandals, and sunglasses in New York City.

Get the Look…
Express Lace Dress
Express White Vest
Gucci Bag
Express Ankle Strap Sandals
Velvet Choker Necklace
Gold Cuff Bracelet
Gold Aviator Sunglasses

Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog, shares a little black dress that's great for a special occasion, such as a bachelorette party, in New York City.

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a little black dress as she prepares for a special occasion in New York.

Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog, styles an Express little black dress, sunglasses, and a black purse.

Jessica Sturdy of fashion blog Bows & Sequins styles a little black dress perfect for a special occasion with aviator sunglasses and black chocker necklace in New York.

Style blogger Bows & Sequins displays a leopard purse, gold bracelet, gold necklace, gold watch, blue earrings, and more while preparing for a special occasion on New York.

Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog, holds a black Gucci purse, black dress, and black heels in New York.

Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog, applies lipstick while wearing a little black dress for a special occasion in New York City.

Bows & Sequins, a fashion and travel lifestyle blog, organizes her wardrobe while preparing for New York Fashion Week in NYC.

Jessica Sturdy of fashion blog Bows & Sequins styling a Gucci purse with a little black dress and strap sandals in New York.

Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog, wears a little black dress, white vest, black purse, and aviator sunglasses in New York

Jessica Sturdy of fashion blog Bows & Sequins displays special occasion outfit items, such as a little black dress, while she gets ready in New York City.

Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog, wears a little black dress, white vest, black purse, and sunglasses in NYC.

Created in partnership with Express

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16 Comments

  1. 9.22.16
    Natali commented:

    Hahah! True that, always buy a dress when you spot a perfect one, esp. LBD and laced one that is!!! LOVE your style beauty!

    https://lartoffashion.com/visit-helsinki-boulevard-social-2/

  2. 9.22.16
    Jenn commented:

    Such a pretty dress!

  3. 9.22.16
    Rena commented:

    The lace dress is wonderful!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  4. 9.22.16
    Elizabeth commented:

    You look stunning!
    XO
    https://splashofpreppy.wordpress.com

  5. 9.22.16
    Tracy Schwartz commented:

    Love that dress!!

    So smart to have options prior to invites!

  6. 9.22.16
    Jenn Lake commented:

    Totally gorg, lady! Hope you’re feeling better!

  7. 9.22.16
    Shannon commented:

    I absolutely love the cut outs. Classy, but sexy! So different from the looks you usually share on here, love it!

    shannoninthecity.com

  8. 9.22.16
    Kayla commented:

    This dress is so pretty!

  9. 9.22.16
    Annie commented:

    LOVE this dress! It really is perfect for any fall event!

    xx -Annie
    http://www.successonstilettos.com

  10. 9.22.16
    tobeyoutiful commented:

    OMG, this dress is so gorgeous and I love how you combined it with the accessories! <3
    Theeeese shoes!!!!

    xoxo, Colli
    my beautyblog – tobeyoutiful

  11. 9.22.16
    Paula commented:

    This dress is classic. I love it! You are right you can’t go wrong with buying a dress!

    Paula- http://www.livingpaula.com

  12. 9.22.16

    Completely gorgeous girlie!! I love this dress!

  13. 9.22.16
    Emily commented:

    I love this dress! It looks so pretty on you. Totally agree with your thinking!

    -Emily
    https://baublesandthreads.wordpress.com/

  14. 9.22.16
    Rebecca commented:

    Cool dress!! I love the longer length, the lace provides lots of interest to the basic black. Looks great on you!

  15. 9.22.16

    I adore that dress!!