Staple Series: Little Black Dress + #TheDress.

It’s been awhile since I last did a Staple Series post and I apologize for that! Staples are great but they aren’t the most thrilling articles of clothing to talk about, which is why I decided to shift gears for a bit. I hope that was okay with you (:

Photos by Jill.

[ FITDEETS | Blazer: Jacob. | Dress: Le Chateau. | Heels: Nine West. ]

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For today’s newest addition to the Staples Series, I am featuring the perfect little black dress (LBD for short) WORKPLACE style. The “LBD” is typically a cocktail dress that has a simple, elegant cut and as the name suggests, is rather short in length. I truly believe every woman should have a LBD in her wardrobe, however, when it comes to the workplace, the traditional LBD is not going to cut it for obvious length reasons.

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The reason why the traditional LBD is such a fantastic item to own is that it truly is the epitome of a timeless piece that can be dressed up or down while looking great on literally anyone. Just as it is a smart decision to own a traditional one for social events, it is also extremely important to own one that is appropriate for the workplace. That is: making sure you could bend over in front of your grandma with it on while covering your chest. In addition, the thicker the strap, the more professional. Remember, it is imperative to dress in a way that demands respect for all environments, but most importantly, the workplace.

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The beautiful thing about the LBD is that there is not one universal version of it and because of that, you can choose a style and cut that is perfect for your body shape. The dress shown in the pictures is my version of a LBD for the workplace. I was immediately drawn to the sophisticated style and structured nature of it.

Let’s move on (:

On February 26th, the internet blew up with a photo of #TheDress where millions debated over whether the dress was #whiteandgold or #blackandblue. When I first came across the picture, I saw black and blue and was super confused how other people were seeing different colors. I literally stared at it for five minutes expecting it to change colors, but no such luck and unfortunately that is five minutes of my life that I’ll never get back. Apparently, the colors you saw all depended on how the light entered your eye and what your brain decided to think it saw in that split second.

I would’ve posted the photo below but I’m pretty sure every person who has access to the internet already knows what the dress looks like and in addition, I frankly do not want to make it the focal point of this post. While I still don’t fully understand why the dress caused such an uproar over such a trivial thing, I was super glad that The Salvation Army in South Africa was able to harness the hype and use it for a awareness of a much more important issue- where perception is no longer an issue. Below is their public service announcement (PSA) that was released a few days after.

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In case you can’t read the small writing, it says:

“The only illusion is if you think it was her choice.
One in 6 women are victims of abuse.
Stop abuse against women.”

I was completely blown away when I first saw this campaign ad and was so impressed with The Salvation Army. I don’t think they could have made more of a clear and powerful message by taking a viral photo and bringing to light a sad but very true reality.

Personally, my major take away from the whole dress event was the realization of how hard it is for people (and myself) to talk about harsh realities. On Twitter alone, it was reported that over 10 million tweets mentioned #TheDress in the first week after the photo first surfaced, yet issues such as domestic violence are rarely ever talked about on social media. Why is that? Is it because we are too afraid to make a stance towards something that may be viewed as controversial? Do we want to be perceived as a the “funny person” and talking about serious/disturbing topics will only destroy this reputation that we’re trying to build?

Now, I am definitely in no position to be telling you what you should or shouldn’t post on social media as I am definitely guilty about posting statuses about unimportant things such as The Bachelor and what have you. However, what I do want to do is to pose a question to you that I did to myself and that is: if you could use your social media platform(s) to convey ONE message, what would it be?… Would it be a waste of an opportunity?

As a very active user of several outlets, something that I’ve come to realize over the past few years is that social media is a powerful tool and it’s up to you if you want to attempt to fix something or make matters worse with it.

Take the time to learn more about domestic violence here.

Thanks for reading yet another e31. post. Until next time, work hard and be nice to people!

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