It’s Back! How to Look Modern in a Little Black Dress

Hi Ladies! They say you can never go wrong with a little black dress, and while that’s true, I like to make sure my favorite go-to is always up to date. So today, I’m sharing a post about a little black dress from last Fall that was so popular Talbots brought it back.

Check out the original dress and my style board of the updated Fall 2023 version. It’s very similar and is in stores now!  I think it’s fabulous – a modern classic that you will wear time and time again!

black ponte knit dress with leather trimI always have a little black dress hanging in my closet because it’s just a no-brainer. It’s chic, slimming, and classic, and you can wear it anywhere from a date night to a conference to a funeral. This sleek, black knit dress  from Talbots proves that.

I believe that Less is More when you are after a mature, sophisticated look. This fabulous knit dress is just my style!

Deborah wearing black ponte knit dress from Talbots

It’s a classic sheath dress with a beautiful shape and a bit of stretch to follow your curves and flatter your figure.

Deborah wearing black Talbot's dress, white fringe jacket

You can wear it as is or pair it with a jacket to add some formality or authority at work. This Chanel-style tweed blazer  is stunning, and you can wear it with black pants, too.

The knee length on this dress is youthful, and the 3/4 length sleeves make it a bit sporty, giving it energy! (I think looking energetic from middle age onwards is one of the keys to looking youthful and modern!)


Little Black Dress Update 2023 Talbots

The Fall Version of this Look!

For all of you loving this Leather-trimmed Ponte dress and white, nubby jacket look, I’ve put together a 2023 style board of this updated classic. Check it out here, and then finish reading the rest of the blog post to see what else I love about this chic, timeless look!



Deborah wearing black sheath dress from Talbots.

But my favorite thing about this dress is the faux leather trim around the neckline and down the front.

Deborah wearing ponte sheath dress with faux leather trim

This small leather detail gives the dress enough edge to look cool and modern without looking tough or harsh. In other words, the dress still looks feminine, which is a big part of my style.

Also, I’m a sucker for a touch of gold, which is why I like the grommets down the front of the leather. It’s like wearing a necklace without really wearing one.

Deborah wearing black dress from Talbots

You can wear this dress with a pair of black pumps, and it would be great for work, but a pair of tall, black suede boots (similar) adds some sizzle!

Deborah wearing black dress and DeanDavison earrings

And look at the bag! (similar bag here) A touch of print and texture takes an all-black dress from “just fine” to fashion-forward. And, of course, that classy gold chain plays up the grommets.

Deborah wearing black sheath dress and black suede boots.

One of my readers was asking me the other day to suggest a dress that we can have close for funerals, and personally, this is what I would wear. It’s respectful and understated but also modern and chic.


Deborah wearing black dress with faux leather detailing and tall, black suede boots

If you are looking for the perfect black dress (similar) for many of life’s events, this is it!

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