A woman can never underestimate the power—and utter practicality—of the little black dress. Versatile and timeless, the right one can take you from day to evening with a mere change of shoes and accessories.
I’ve owned a few LBDs in my lifetime, and the Vanessa ruffle sheath dress from Banana Republic is one of the best ever.
Trust me…it’s not as short as it appears on this 5’9″ model, so baby boomers need not fret. I’m 5’5″, and it hits just at the top of the knee—a universally flattering length.
I’d love to be able to take credit for this find, but my friend Tyler Fisher gets it all. He’s a sales associate at Banana Republic in Roseville, California—the kind of guy who lets you hang in the dressing room while he brings you armloads of great clothes. I told him I’m going through a sheath phase—my husband loves them on me, bless his heart—and Tyler said, “Hmmm. There’s a dress you have to try.” He showed up with the Vanessa, and it was love at first sight. I bought it instantly.
If you’re ever in the nabe and find yourself in the vicinity of The Galleria, stop by Banana to see Tyler—and prepare to be dazzled.