At some point during the last year, I realized that I'd accumulated too many boring black dresses. They're practical, yes, and clearly versatile, but any time I had to get dressed up, I wasn't inspired. As much as I'd try to make things pop with a fun shoe or bright lip, the end result felt the same. But when I saw this dress, I knew it would be just the piece to change things up a bit. I don't usually drift towards strapless-anything, but stripes keep things playful, so it doesn't feel too serious. And to my delight, it's turned out to be surprisingly more wearable than I anticipated (especially when I throw a sweater or blouse over the top so that it's a makeshift pencil skirt).