Sometimes simple is good.
I bought this simple black dress at a thrift-store for $6. It appeals to me because of the material: the top is soft velvet and below the bodice is a silky wrap. They go beautifully together.
I paired the dress with a striped cardi to give it some graphic interest but, honestly, I prefer the dress by itself. Yes, it is plain but in an elegant way. I'd happily wear it to a fancy party, maybe with a diamond necklace. (We can dream, can't we?!)
The shoes are lace-up Oxford heels. I think they suit the dress.
BTW, I'm lovin' doing more outfit-posts. They exercise my creativity and your responses teach me valuable tips. Also, your comments make me feel like I have friends who accept me -- the real me. I can't thank you enough for that. You guys rock!