The Versatile Little Black Dress

The Versatile Little Black Dress

The lovely people at Karen Klein recently sent me a beautiful, modern and versatile little black dress that is perfect for both my taste in fashion and my lifestyle.

Karen Klein’s fashions are wearable and comfortable without ever sacrificing style and beauty. And they’re made in the U.S.A.!

The Gathered Dress has 3/4 sleeves, a gathered waist on the left side, and an asymmetric hemline. I love the scoop neck which is not too deep and shows just enough of my décolletage.

The soft material, made with rayon and nylon and a touch of spandex, means I stay comfortable all day and it’s hand-washable. This dress can be worn casually or dressed up for a night on the town, as you’re about to see – I have styled the Karen Klein Gathered Dress six ways!

The first time I wore the dress was on a recent blogger trip to Santa Barbara Wine Country, which I’ll be telling you about in a future post.

I styled it with a leather choker, black tights and low-heeled black suede booties for our first dinner of the weekend.

For a more dressed up look, I styled the little black dress with black block-heel pumps with ankle straps and a Louis Vuitton clutch.

For a little sparkle, I wore my Wine Country necklace, modified by Kelley Hollis last year.

My casual look starts with the same outfit I wore in Santa Barbara Wine Country. I added a faded denim jacket, cuff bracelet and carried my black Adora bag.

I decided I wanted an outfit with a pop of color so I tied a new-to-me Hermès scarf, a gift from my thoughtful and kind Parisian friend, around my neck. I just adore the vibrant colors! I can’t wait to wear it more often once spring arrives. I also carried my Louis Vuitton Monogram Beverly GM, a 45th birthday gift from husband, purchased in Paris several years ago.

For a more dressed up daytime look, I topped my dress with a duster in a pretty green shade (same duster in khaki) and some tall black boots. A couple of long necklaces – layered – add interest and texture.

We are making up for our four-year drought here in Northern California, thankfully! I love rain and am thrilled to be making use of my umbrella collection.

For my rainy day look, I added Hunter boots and a Calvin Klein water-repellant trench coat to my little black dress and carried my Guy de Jean umbrella.

My versatile little black dress by Karen Klein is a garment I will reach for again and again for it’s fantastic quality and fit, comfort and modern cut. It also comes in a beautiful charcoal gray color.

Shop the Karen Klein collection on their website. They also have beautiful and wearable tunics, vests, pants, skirts and jackets.


Today is the last day for How I Wear My: Blue submissions.

Send in a photo of you in an outfit featuring the color BLUE to to join in the fashion fun for February!

Be sure to include a description of your look, which will be quoted in the posts. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.

Disclosure: I was given the Gathered Dress by Karen Klein to review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 


  1. Kathy
    February 6, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Great dress and styling. Think it’ll be a year round dress too. Nothing like black for dresses!

  2. Corey
    February 6, 2017 / 10:09 am


  3. February 6, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    You did a fabulous job of making this dress so versatile, Adrienne!!
    I love the addition of the neck scarf—it’s one of my favorite accessories lately!

  4. February 6, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Hi Adrienne!
    Judes here, at last. It was such a treat to meet you and Bill at The Madonna in a couple Saturdays back. I love your blog, and look forward to reaching out to Bill about possibly being a mentor for my son who has dreamed of becoming a fire-fighter since 6th grade.
    Your style is really fun, I look forward to lots more interaction. Perhaps we can figure out an Active Chick (Wine Lover Chick) connection once I get things squared away better.
    All the best to you two, I would love to stay in touch.

  5. Sarah
    February 7, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    You rocked all the looks!

  6. February 8, 2017 / 6:06 am

    Another super fun round up! Thanks Adrienne & Jill for all your hard work!

    Dawn Lucy

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