What I Wore: The Not-so Little Black Dress

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christopher and banks 4Dress: c/o Christopher & Banks | Hat: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelets: c/o RocksBox, Coin Collection, c/o Lifetherapy | Bag: c/o Adora Bags | Shoes: Softspots (similar)

christopher and banks 1Dress: c/o Christopher & Banks | Necklace: MYHABIT | Bag: Brahmin (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Watch: Citizen

christopher and banks 6Dress: c/o Christopher & Banks | Necklace: c/o Rocksbox | Bag: c/o Handbag Heaven | Bracelets: had forever (similar), Coin Collection, c/o Lifetherapy, c/o LiveTheLook, Shoes: Bella Vita c/o Shoebuy

I feel a not-so little black dress is a must in most wardrobes.  Christopher & Banks reached out and asked if I'd like to feature something from their current collection and as soon as I saw this dress I knew it was the perfect choice.  Ponte knit is one of the most figure flattering and versatile fabrics; it's a tightly woven knit that doesn't wrinkle, stretches, and smooths curves.  It's great for travel, works for every season, and can dress up and down with ease. The Sleeveless Fit & Flare Ponte Dress from Christopher & Banks has a flattering shape and classic silhouette.  It would be great to wear for a day at the wineries; pair with flat sandals and a straw hat for comfort and style.  For work, pair the dress with a statement necklace and pumps for summer office style; add a ponte blazer or cardigan in a favorite color for warmth and additional corporate coverage.  The Sleeveless Fit & Flare Ponte Dress is the type of thing I'd wear to work when I have plans after; a switch to a lightweight crossbody bag and shoes with a chunky comfortable heel for dinner and a show.

The Sleeveless Fit & Flare Ponte Dress from Christopher & Banks comes in Missy and Womens sizes 4 to 24W and is under $75. It's a perfect wardrobe staple for summer and seasons to come.


  1. Lacy Schramm
    May 27, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    It looks great on you! Is it petite or missy? How does it compare to the Lands End dresses? I like this neckline better.

    • May 28, 2015 / 8:36 am

      This is Missy though I did put it in the wash and dryer to shrink it a bit. I think the quality is good I could see this dress be sold by a different brand for much more.

  2. Beverly
    May 27, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Love this dress, It is one you can dress up or down. I am happy with Christopher & Banks clothing and accessories. It is ok to feature other collection, but usually stay with C&B’s

  3. Michelle Van Ellis
    May 26, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Do you know there is actually one of these stores by me?!?!? I’ve never gone into it though as it looked from the outside like “something my Mom might wear”. I keep forgetting I’m almost 50. I don’t need another black dress but it’s good to know I have some actual brick and mortar options when shopping.

  4. eds_77845
    May 26, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Great dress on you! I like the way you styled it.

  5. May 26, 2015 / 7:49 am

    I used to work there, years back. The clothes are definitely aimed, in my mind, at people like teachers, bank tellers, office workers – it was mostly workwear for people who need “business casual” clothes but don’t want to just wear blank pants and a white button-up every single day. It’s a very Midwestern brand. Their shirts were always way too short in length but I STILL own a skirt I bought while I worked for them, nearly ten years later! It’s held up great in the wash and it’s kind of a boho hippie skirt. It’s always in style in summer, haha.

    That dress looks great on you! I need a little black dress. Hm.

  6. May 26, 2015 / 7:27 am

    I love, love, love to wear dresses. Unfortunately, I have had a difficult time finding a lot of breastfeeding friendly dresses that are work appropriate, so for the past year I have worn mostly blouses and skirts or trousers. However, my time of breastfeeding is quickly drawing to a close (I’ll start weaning when baby girl turns 1 in July ) so I’m eager to get some new dresses in my closet. And this one looks like a great starting point!

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