Motto black jersey Harlow dress

The search for your summer go-to dress stops here

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 267 Comments

Sponsored by Motto

There are Little Black Dresses and there are Little Black Dresses. This new summer go-to dress from Motto is one that not only feels incredible on; it comes with the ultimate in wearable versatility.

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

It’s fabricated from a black jersey that breathes – and in a style that suits all shapes and sizes from 8-18.

The design of this dress creates all kinds of figure-flattering sorcery. From the slight asymmetrical neckline, to the front waist tie that allows you to create as little or as much shape on the waist as you’d like, through to the short slide split, this is a style that makes you feel a million bucks once you slip it on – no matter what the occasion.

If you need to buy one dress this summer, this is your dress. Love the design and want it in a print? Check out the Boho Harlow HERE and the Tropical Harlow HERE

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

Let me talk you through the three different looks I’ve created using this dress as the base piece.

CASUAL

This would be my default everyday casual look for working from home but it’s also a look that would translate for a beach weekend away.

Pop a metallic sandal and sunnies; add a fun basket bag and you’re good to go.

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

WORK

If I know that I’m heading out for a day of meetings, then starting with this dress as my base works a treat.

I simply need to add a lightweight blazer (you’ll love this new military-inspired jacket also from Motto – check out the shoulder detail!); heels; a handbag and my compendium.

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

EVENING

Need to go straight from the office to drinks out? No problem. Ditch the jacket; add a statement jewellery piece; swap the work heels for an evening shoe; swap the work bag for a clutch and ta-da! Someone pass a cocktail. STAT.

Motto black jersey Harlow dress

Wearable versatility

This new summer go-to dress from Motto is all about “wearable versatility”. Wearable versatility in clothing comes down to a number of key things.

  1. Said clothing should be easy on the care factor – easy to wash and wear without any ironing required. This has advantages for the every day but especially for travelling.
  2. The design should be all about comfort – with a fit that flatters. Let’s face it, you’re more likely to reach for a garment that feels comfortable on – than one you need to wrangle yourself into.
  3. You should be able to wear regular underwear with a versatile garment. Don’t get me wrong, shapewear has a vital role to play in our wardrobes but you probably don’t want to be shimmying yourself into it on a daily basis. Am I right?
  4. A garment in a neutral colour will work back so many existing pieces in your wardrobe. That’s versatility, yes? Knowing that you’ll get more use out of what’s already taking up valuable wardrobe real estate.
  5. A garment with wardrobe versatility is one that will work equally as well for casual, for work and for evening outfits – just by changing up your accessories.

Shop the dress HERE.

Check out all my Motto looks HERE


 

WIN

Get excited. FIVE Styling You readers could win the Motto black jersey Harlow dress . Follow the steps below to enter.

  1. Head over to Motto HERE. Fill in the form.
  2. Once filled in, you’ll be directed back here to answer this question in the comments below: Which way would you wear this Motto summer-go-to dress?

Entries open on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5am (AEST) and close on Friday, December 14 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The five winners of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. Both steps of the competition need to be fulfilled to be judged a winner. The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.


Photography: Kate Luke | Hair and Makeup: Dale Dorning

Comments 267

  1. I would wear the Motto Black Jersey Harlow Dress as my go to work dress to keep me cool, calm and collected over the long hot summer. I would possibly even treat myself to the boho and tropical prints so I have a dress for every occasion.

  2. I love this dress, so versatile. I’m thinking a night out would be fabulous though, great accessories and nice shoes, not to take too much away from the dress. Work it.

  3. Oh MOTTO!

    I would wear you playing spotto
    I would wear you getting blotto
    I’d even wear you in a limousine! (When I win lotto)

    There’s no limit to your uses
    I’ll wear any way I chooses.
    Yes even whilst on a trampoline!

    Love this dress!

  4. I’m a casual kind of girl. Nothing feels better than a dress that looks a little special at the beach, at the shops or out to lunch. Perfect.

  5. This dress would start off my capsule wardrobe (New Years resolution). I would wear mostly for work, however it would be perfect for evening. I avoid evening events as I have nothing I feel comfortable wearing

  6. As well as home and work (especially for the early morning ‘what do I wear?’ panics) this is a travellers dream. I’d pack thongs for the beach and sandals and wooden jewellery for dinner and wear it with a big smile! 😉

  7. I like the versatility this Motto dress has to offer. I think it would definitely get a lot of use for work (almost daily ) and then as a date night dress. I love how you have shown how to wear it and what accessories needed to transform it.

  8. Gorgeous dress!!

    I would style with heels for work, chunky gold jewellery and swap to Frankie4 Nats for Friday night cricket with a straw hat. From glam to fam!

  9. Gorgeous dress

    I would style with heels for work, chunky gold jewellery and swap to Frankie4 Nats for Friday night cricket with a straw hat. From glam to fam!

  10. I love this lbd, exactly what I would wear!
    I would wear it with a collarless denim jacket and strappy nude or tan sandals or heels.

  11. This is that LBD that I really need in my wardrobe. I would mainly be wearing it casually but it can be transformed into a gorgeous evening outfit.

  12. CASUAL is my MOTTO!
    Perfect for my life on the go.
    Soft and dreamy fabric flow.
    Busy Mum life doesn’t need to show…
    Cause in this dress I would glow!

  13. I would wear it for evening – we travel quite a bit with my husbands work. I’m always on the look out for an outfit that travels well & is versatile . Different jewellery, different jacket equals different outfit without adding too much to the weight in luggage .

  14. This stunning dress would be my go to outfit day for any occasion. Comfort & style all on its own but spectacular with a simple heel and necklace or bangle. I would love this for casual everyday and feel stylish in any formal setting

  15. It looks like a perfect “go to” dress and I would probably wear it all the time. Not so much for work – I work with young children but definitely for drinks/going out with friends. Love the relaxed look and an LBD that hides the bumps!

  16. This dress would be my summer holidays go to! Tan sandals, big basket & sunnies for day and then slide into strappy heels, a colourful clutch & sexy statement earrings for evening. What a find!

  17. I struggle to find something simple yet well put together when going out. I love the simplicity and gorgeous style of the dress. It would definitely be my go to LBD ❤❤❤

  18. I would wear this every way, including over togs with a big floppy hat and thongs, with sneakers and a denim jacket plus all the ones on here and ways I haven’t thought of yet!

  19. I would wear this as a smart casual option with my basket bag and my tan leather low wedge sandals. Accessorized with some statement earrings, of course – maybe turquoise or mustard. Great outfit for lunch with friends, riverside.

  20. Such a versatile dress! I would wear it to work with heels and my red blazer and on the weekend with my black Frankie4 Maria slides. Boom!

  21. Love the evening look, but the reality is that I would wear it casually. Sandals, some colourful earrings and necklace . Perfect for a country event.

  22. If left to my own devices I’d probably wear this with joggers, a little snot stain on the shoulder and a completely unidentified stain on my uppet back that i didn’t even know existed until a colleague politely blots me with a damp towel. I call this look hot mumma with 2 gorgeous rascals but if i had to go with a suggested style to win the prize i think that casual look would be enough for me to walk the red carpet.

  23. I would wear this dress to a gig at the Triffad on Dec 16, gorgeous for a cocktail as well with work friends or dress up to work with a nice jacket, very versatile and timeless for any season. And I love black anyway.

  24. I think the ‘casual’ look is gorgeous enough to get me through work, weekends and anything else December could throw at me.

  25. Oh my, what a dress, I need this dress in my life! I’m torn between the casual look and the evening look, love the versatility of this dress! So I’d have to say I’d give both looks a go. The work look not so much as I’m a midwife so scrubs are the only way to go at work, not really the best place for this awesome lil’ black dress

  26. I’m working hard to love my 50 year old body and have realised that jersey, a v neck and a tie waist are my friends. This would work with my laptop bag and mary janes for client visits, throw on some boots and a hat for festivals and some scrappy sandals with my hair out for evening.

  27. I’m sure this little black dress is just right to wear for casual “end of term’ mums luncheons, just add your cocktail/mocktail.

  28. I adore the versatility of this awesome little black dress!!! Great for our Queensland weather but i would love to have it as my travel companion – just perfect!!!! ❤️

  29. As I’m not very adventurous I would keep it for a few occasions and the accessorise depending on the event
    I am usually very casual, so even casually I’d feel dressed up in this lovely dress

  30. Looks so comfy I’d wear it all the time. So versatile too. This time of the year especially would wear it to work and then doll it up for after hours functions

  31. Looks like a great dress.
    Perfect dress to learn to love my post pregnancy body to wear for both work and play.

  32. I am a casual dresser but would like to learn more about fashion, but I would throw it on with a pair of strappy sandals, some bold earings, and a shoulder bag. Perfect outfit to catch up with friends and family over Christmas.

  33. This perfect LBD needs to be worn in the three stylish ways with the perfect accessory BLING . For casual I’d wear it with a blingy silver flat sandal for work I’d wear it with black
    Patent high heel with blingy modest earrings and for evening it’s time to joosh it up. Blingy high heels and statement necklace and an espresso martini . The little black dress will be a hit at every occasion bring on Christmas

  34. I’d totally wear it all three ways! It’s gorgeous. But Most likely get most wear as an everyday go to throw on. Love it.

  35. I’m a pants girl! I always struggle when it comes to evening wear. But I could easily see myself wearing the Motto dress for a night out with my go to sparkly flats, animal print clutch and turquoise accessories. It ticks all my boxes for comfort, style and ease!

  36. Love a black dress with detail! I would live in this over summer, both styles corporately for work with cute walnut canvas flats for weekends out and about and it would be the best addition to the summer traveling wardrobe given how versatile it is!!

  37. I would definitely wear This Devine Motto dress casually with leather slides or wedges. Would be fab to take on Summer Holidays as be able to add some glitz for evening dinner. Looks beautiful and love a versatile clothing item that is comfy and easy to care for.

  38. This dress is so stylish in all 3 looks. A great timeless piece to add to my wardrobe. A dress that as soon as you put it on you feel stylish, sexy and comfortable. Would love to win xx

  39. As Nikki knows I am one of the very senior fans of Styling You, and this gorgeous dress would be perfect for any occasion I attend.
    I think I would wear it all 3 of the ways Nikki has shown, but as a ‘go to’ formal dress it would ‘see me out’, so to speak, and I could have a touch of glamour as I go.

  40. This dress is so ‘me’! As a SAHM currently, I’ll be able to rock the casual look, from the shops to a play date, and even drinks with the girls, simply by swapping sandals or espadrilles for heels. I’ve just graduated and next year will be entering the classroom, and this would be able to join me, with gorgeous sandals and some classic jewellery. I’m totally in love with this versatile dress

  41. This dress fulfils my casual and work day needs perfectly, and if there was an impromptu night out after work, then it’s a winner every day & in every way.

  42. I would wear the Motto go to dress casually – exactly because it’s go-to, which means I can put it on and not plan for the day! It means my stomach can buffet my way around grazing platters comfortably, and allow some “breeze” when the heat gets a bit too much.

  43. Days without care and salt-crusted hair
    Summer is all about CASUAL
    Perfect LBD for afternoons that never end and catching up with much-loved friends
    Sunglasses and hat before sun dips- doing it in style
    With metallics or colour or a bit of bling- adding to my summer smile!

  44. Having just secured my dream job at the age of 50, I would wear this amazing dress to work with a blush linen blazer and tan heels. I’d really look the part of mature career woman.

  45. I love all the options. What a fabulous item to have in ones wardrobe. My holiday packing would be a breeze! I can see myself going from brunch to evening cocktails in this gorgeous dress.

  46. I love the dress styled all three ways but for my lifestyle the casual look with flats would work best – I’m thinking tan sandals or a white sneaker. I totally love the V neckline (narrows my broad shoulders) and the super styling tie feature – a great way to hide the mum-tum!

  47. This is far too flattering and pretty to be kept for special occasions. I would make this little number work it’s bottom off for everyday!

  48. With such a versatile dress I would wear it all three ways. I have some new nude sandals that will work well with this.
    Fingers crossed.

  49. Why pick just one style when all of them are perfect! There has always been an elusive gap in my wardrobe between work and casual, where the perfect in-between outfits continue to elude me. I will freely admit I get into a complete frazzle (my very patient partner will attest to this) when trying to put together smart casual outfits, and this dress would be my wardrobe saviour. No more stressing, just throw it on and go everywhere!

  50. Wow the question would be “when wouldn’t I wear this dress”? And that is when i need to wash it or when I’m in my nights. This is perfect for my upcoming summer holiday. Yes please for me!

  51. For me it would be casual evening … it would be so easy to dress up or keep simple. I’m not usually a dress wearer but you have sold me on this one

  52. For starters, on my first day at my new job, this looks fashionable but dressy enough to impress- you know first impressions and all!
    Then to all the casual dinners and events with friends over summer. With a magenta tassel necklace or bright scarf to make it look different each time it gets an outing. And my new Frankie 4 gold sandals or white lace ups for variety. I can see me in this quite a lot.
    I also love the white jacket over the top for autumn or breezy evenings.

  53. Such a beautiful and versatile dress to take travelling! Great to dress down with sneakers and a denim jacket for sight-seeing during the day. And perfect to dress up with heels and bling for drinks and dinners. I can’t wait to pop it into my suitcase for my Europe Holiday in May and June next year!

  54. Being time, cash and space poor, and frequently living out of a suitcase, I look only for items I can wear multiple ways. This dress would be working overtime for me from school drop off to office to best travel friend.

  55. WOW this dress is so versatile but with Chrissie season upon us I would love to dress this beautiful dress up for an evening function.
    Yes, a must to have hanging in MY wardrobe. Love love LOVE this piece. ❤❤

  56. This is the perfect dress for shopping. When you’re clothes shopping you want something that’s easy on easy off and this looks perfect. I’d then head off for a sneaky glass of vino because the dress is so versatile. You could wear it anywhere!

  57. WOW WOW WOW! What an absolutely fabulous and versatile LBD. I think my favourite option for this dress would be casual wear – gorgeous strappy flats & a chunky necklace or scarf and a great leather handbag! If it turns a little cool, I would add a denim jacket – perfect for all seasons!

  58. When would I wear this dress ? Let me count the ways… to bus drop off with sneaks, for the groceries run, into work with ballet flats, then out to Chrissy drinks with girls with sparkly earrings. Sounds like a magic dress to help girls of all sizes feel great no matter the occasion !

  59. Over 60 and fabulous would be me in this dress! Cause I lead a casual lifestyle and will be chasing a grandson…..ill wear it natural with strappy metallic sandals. Thats all it needs really to show it off

  60. To work, to dinner, to a show,
    In fact, anywhere I want to go,
    Easy to wear style is my Motto,
    This dress would be my summer go-to!

  61. I would wear it all three ways! I am not a clothes horse by any means (being a curvy mum of two toddlers it is hard to find the time or inclination to shop for clothes!!) but when I find something AMAZING I wear it to death. I think my husband would like seeing me in this one on one of our rare date nights

  62. An amazing dress that I would be definitely wearing to both work and then onto drinks on a Friday night. I love how the cut of the dress covers all the unflattering bits, while still remaining stylish. A great addition to anyone’s wardrobe

  63. Since broke my ankle 6 weeks ago, I think at first I’d wear this dress casually with a flat sander on one foot and my sexy moon boot on the other. Afterwards, I will definitely wear this dress to work.

  64. I’d wear it simple & casual for the most part,
    Help this stay at home mum to always look smart.
    Practical glam with sneakers – silver & white,
    And look like I’m winning in life… I think I just might!

  65. This is a fabulous looking dress and I can see myself utilising all 3 of Nikki’s style options and, in particular perfect for our February cruise to NZ as it’ll be the perfect travel partner

  66. What a great, versatile LBD. I would wear this dress all 3 ways. Casual with sneakers, work with a jacket and evening by adding a bit of bling via a new clutch and earrings! Looks so comfortable and such a flattering style. Fingers crossed

  67. What a great, versatile LBD. I would wear this dress all 3 ways. Casual, work and evening! Looks so comfortable and such a flattering style. Fingers crossed

  68. I would let this dress speak for itself and wear it on its own in all its figure flattering glory, some pewter flats for comfort (because I want to be as comfy in my shoes as this dress looks!) and maybe grab my mustard clutch and go strut my stuff. It also looks like it would pack well without being a high maintenance garment so it would come with me on my month away to be my ‘out to dinner and beyond’ dress!

  69. Casual! With sneakers for kids Sat sports, then pop to grocery store, meet my bestie for coffee then home to cook dinner!! Verstile dress and smashing out a day looking fabulously casual xx

  70. Love love this dress. It will look fabulous with my Frankie4 heels, nude clutch and dangly earrings. Out on go on a date night with hubby!

  71. My search is over! This fabulous Motto piece would become a regular ‘go to’ in my wardrobe. The silouhette it appears to form when worn would ideally give me confidence in many social situations.

  72. I absolutely adore this style of dress yet have not been able to find one suitable for my curvy figure, although this particular dress may just work as it has that adjustable tie to help hide my biggest problem area that generally makes me steer clear from dresses like these.

    I’d give this baby a go multiple ways!

    1. Casual – With a pair of Frankie4 slides, statement earrings & sunnies & a woven summer bag.

    2 Smart Casual – With sandals, over sized sunnies & a floppy hat.

    3. Work – With either a low heel or ankle boot, statement necklace & jacket.

    4. Evening – With heels, statement earrings or necklace, a popping clutch & a dressy trench coat in cooler weather.

    I would love to have a play! 🙂

  73. Would love to wear the dress in the evening with some leopard print stilettos with a turquoise and pink trim and pink tassels

  74. I would love to have this gorgeous dress to wear and feel like a million dollars. It would be my special Christmas dress, it looks so comfortable. Thankyou.

  75. I’d wear it to work cause I have “Hours to get ready for work”…said no working Mum ever.

    After wrestling three kids to school, I just want to throw on a LBD and walk out feeling a million dollars and ready for the office. Cool, calm and collected is my Motto!

    Kids? What kids? Do I look like I have kids. Not in my Motto dress lol!

  76. I think the question is how wouldn’t I wear this dress. The versatility of being able to wear it with what’s already in my wardrobe is amazing. Teamed with blazers for work, with a bit of bling for after dark or with sneakers, wedges, espadrilles over the weekend. I love in melbourne so of course black clothing is a way of life – I need this in my life!

  77. Job title, wife, mum, granny and now you’re giving me three choices? Hallelujah make me beautiful, it’s little black dress party time ladies.

  78. Love this dress! I’d wear it all the ways described – casual, work, evening. Need a versatile dress like this in my wardrobe.

  79. Wow this is the perfect dress to add to my holiday capsule, 3 outfits in 1, can’t go wrong. All I would need are a few accessories to dress it up or down pending on the occasion – this is going to make my husband happy, the suitcase will be lighter .
    Thanks Motto, you never disappoint.

  80. Stuck in a rut I could do with this amazing black dress – so versatile! Casual mum duties, to corporate office, ill rock it every which way!

  81. I work from home so I’d wear this LBD for a night out with my girlfriends. I’d team it with killer gold/black heels, statement earrings, lots of sass and heaps of laughs.

  82. Perfect dress for all occasions, would be a great addition to my capsule wardrobe. Love you can can dress it to suit a casual lunch out with the girls having a few champers to a evening out with friends.

  83. Midweek date night straight from work – with a quick change of shoes and accessories and off I go in this fab dress! My husband will be relieved and surprised that I didn’t have to rush home to change.

  84. I travel a lot of work, so the versatility of this dress is a winner for me (along with crush free fabric) … so it’s hard to pick which option is my favourite – but I do love the way you’ve styled for evening the best.

  85. I would love it for a night out on the town..strappy shoes a bit of bling on my ears, hair up and off I’d go to laugh and enjoy life..

  86. Next year I am following a dream and packing up my life and my dog into a van and going travelling around Australia. This dress would be perfect as it is so versatile! It would mainly be for casual but I am sure there will be a couple of nights out.

  87. Lovely for EVENING, but what I really love is the versatility of this beautiful dress. In a world we need to be mindful of consuming less, this dress can keep us feeling gorgeous whatever the occasion without stuffing our wardrobes full. Perfect

  88. My Motto is- be loved, share love and wear what you love. So the chic evening style fits my life mantra. I’d sprinkle love, kindness and cheer whilst feeling fab in this gorgeous dress. Love it xx

  89. I would wear it every way possible. Having a dress like this in my wardrobe is imperative to always have the opportunity to look and feel good. The perfect LBD has just been found! Thanks Nikki!

  90. This would be my go to dress for work Christmas party and family Christmas dos! Paired with a bright pink, over the top tassel pair of earrings, a rose bangle and rose strappy heels perfect

  91. As someone who travels with carry-on baggage only, this dress would be a perfect staple… Non wrinkle, looks amazing for any occasion!

  92. Definitely love the casual look! Throw on a pair of blingy sandals & your good to go! Looks so comfy & the fabric will suit our Darwin wet season!

  93. 8.35am Strut through the revolving doors of my office building feeling like a million bucks – my Motto LBD is paired with a red blazer, black pumps and a tan handbag. 5.01pm Time for drinks with the girls! I put on a silver tassel necklace, get rid of the red blazer and handbag and pop on some sexy black heels and red lippy. I finish my outfit with a silver metallic clutch. I love the versatility of my Motto LBD!

  94. I’d love to wear the dress to look smart and comfortable while I do the school drop off and rush to work. I’d wear my fave flats and accessorise with my favourite scarf.

  95. How perfect! I am going to Spain next year, would wear it touring during the day, and then head out dressed up for the evening. I have the perfect necklace

  96. Love all 3 looks but my fav is the evening look with heels. Perfect dress for date night and forgiving if you want to indulge at dinner x

  97. This dress has a life of its own. How fantastic to be able to wear it 3 ways and it genuinely has three different looks depending on the accessories. My kind of dress! There is nothing more fun that being able to accessorise an outfit and change the look to suit the occasion. Definitely a dress to take travelling.

  98. I never feel confident enough to buy dresses as I carry most of my weight on my stomach and I don’t want to look like I’m with child at 53! Although I love the 3 options, I would mainly wear this dress to work (a school front office) and team with my new Frankie 4 ‘Lisa’ sandals in tan, and then at night I could do just bout the same but as Nikki said, swap out the bag and jewellery for a less conservative look!

  99. Ridiculously, I’ve never owned a ‘little black dress’ of any persuasion…the amount of choices freak this little librarian out! I think this Motto go-to Summer dress could be my ‘soft entry’ (literally…well it does look soft?) into the world of the LBD. As a librarian, I’m all about the work clothes BUT one of my OTHER fashion goals this Summer is to buy white trainers…I can see this dress over the holidays, styled with white trainers, my fab new oversized white sunglasses and my musk pink hair. Who says a librarian has to wear twinsets?!

  100. Ridiculously, I’ve never owned a ‘little black dress’ of any persuasion…the amount of choices freak this little librarian out! I think this Motto go-to Summer dress could be my ‘soft entry’ (literally…well it does look soft?) into the world of the LBD. As a librarian, I’m all about the work clothes BUT one of my OTHER fashion goals this Summer is to buy white trainers…I can see this dress over the holidays, styled with white trainers, my fab new oversized white sunglasses and my musk pink hair. Who says a librarian has to wear twinsets?!

  101. I would style casual and evening as we have a couple of road trips now and the New Year and will be a perfect companion with either flats for shopping and lunch or dress up with heels and bling for out to dinner with a cute cardi or jacket

  102. I think I would be grabbing this dress for every occasion. For work with a little tan wedge, weekends a white sneaker and going out for diner with the husband in a lovely heel and gorgeous jewellery but this dress would also be coming out in the winter with a denim jacket or long cardigan. It’s just the perfect dress to be in the wardrobe.

  103. I’d wear the dress to work. Itlooks fab with a white jacket and I love the versatility of being able to then wear it out afterwards!

  104. Even though I would eventually wear it all 3 ways ..would love to wear it for our casual Christmas lunch ( can adjust the tie over my stomach as the day goes on and I eat way too much ) .. have a lovely pair of champagne metallic sandals to wear with it ..
    Another lovely versatile Motto piece .

  105. This dress looks like it could be a versatile piece so I’m hoping to use it as my ‘go to’ travel dress over summer. We are travelling to Europe (first time ever!) so I’m planning to layer it for their winter and then wear it for day one of my new job in February, during the heat of our Melbourne summer.

  106. To work!
    I love a jersey dress for versatility and ease when I’m travelling. There’s nothing better than a frock that looks amazing straight out of the suitcase.
    The waist tie on this ones means I can even enjoy a meal and still feel comfy while looking gorgeous. The black provides a backdrop for whatever jacket or beads or shoes I feel like wearing.

  107. I would wear it in a casual manner – lots of time coming up with casual get togethers with friends and family. Perfect for the festive season.

  108. I would certainly be going your evening look !!!! Your shoes ad bag are too stunning!!!!!! I don’t go out at night much, if I do it is a brilliant venue Lizzottes in town with my husband to see great music and have a brilliant meal, complete with cocktails, I have a feeling this dress would effortlessly slide into my wardrobe and be worn as many ways as possible.

  109. I’d wear this dress as resort wear. Casual during the day, with my skechers and a denim jacket if needed, then glam it up with heels and eyeliner for dinner. I’m not much into jewellery so the shoes and makeup will be what carries it through. Looks like a nice, versatile dress and perfect for a Bali conference I’m attending in January *wink 🙂

  110. I am looking for the perfect little black dress, one that can be worn for any occasion & one I feel comfortable wearing. This dress seems to be the perfect go to dress for any occasion & could very well be exactly what I am looking for.

  111. As a sewer, I make a lot of my clothes so to catch my eye, a dress has to tick a lot of boxes if I’m going to purchase it – but the Harlow looks a great fabric, easy maintenance and care, with many styling options, flattering cut for fuller figured girls as well. Firstly casual walk shoes and sun hat, or cheetah pattern mules for a catch up with the girls and then gorgeous block heel sandals with gold cuff and earings.

  112. The grace and style of this beautiful dress can be worn in so many ways, limited only by your own creativity. Dressed up or down, this dress can go anywhere from the movies to a birthday celebration to an art gallery to a formal event. Teamed with rose gold shoes and a statement rose gold jewellery piece, I would wear this stunner anywhere that I needed to feel confident and relaxed.

  113. I’d wear this Motto dress with a pop of colour by like shoes, bag, or outerwear. This should dress should be in every girl’s wardrobe….. especially in mine!

  114. I’d wear this Motto dress with a pop of colour by adding a striking like shoes, bag, or outerwear. This should dress should be in every girl’s wardrobe….. especially in mine!

  115. The ways I would wear this Motto black dress are endless! I would wear for brunch with friends, office meetings, girls’ nights out, or your next hot date! This dress should be in everyone’s wardrobe and most especially in mine!

  116. I love a dress that goes from casual to evening with some magic sorcery! Id definitely wear its as a casual piece with my leopard Frankie4 flats and some wooden beads and a panama!

  117. This dress packs the perfect punch for a day in the office followed by drinks and dinner with friends. Black is always my go-to as I feel slick, stylish, and classic and can swap around shoes and accessories to match my mood.

  118. This dress would get a lot of wear but for the first outing I would wear it to my husband’s birthday bash in January. I think dressed up with some sleek gold jewellery and maybe a shoe with a pop of colour would be stunning. I can also see it as perfect for a weekend lunch, paired with an animal print. Would love to own this as it looks like any easy fuss-free dress to wear .

  119. This is a great, versatile dress. I would love to say that I would mostly wear it for evening or casual, but I know in reality I know I will wear it to work! Given I buy more clothes for the life I want rather than the life I have, this helps fit the brief for both!

  120. This is one of the most versatile dresses. I would love to say that I would mostly wear it for evening or casual, but I know that in reality I will probably wear it mostly to work. I usually shop for the life I want, rather than the life I have and this dress fills both briefs!!!

  121. The ways I would wear this Motto black dress are endless! From pairing it with sneakers and a denim jacket, to sandals, to thongs, to sky high heels and boots on cooler days, This dress should be in everyone’s wardrobe and most especially in mine!

  122. The ways I would wear this Motto black dress are endless! From pairing it with sneakers, to sandals, to thongs, to sky high heels and boots on cooler days. This dress should be in everyone’s wardrobe and most especially in mine!

  123. Wow! Such a versatile dress. Casual, to work and then to evening. Motto have done it again. It is so nice to see a dress that suits all shapes and sizes which helps with confidence especially on those warmer days.

  124. This is the perfect dress for any occasion. Especially versatile when travelling as it can be mixed and matched with accessories to create so many different olloks.

  125. I would wear this dress with my beige styletread wedge sandles ,to give me height ,assesorise with multiple differing length pearls , holding a lovely crochet clutch my sister gave me for Christmas last year and my black Labrador on his leash. We would walk across the Stockbridge to the river precinct to Salvatore’s pizza restraunt order a pizza and sit out side eating pizza ,looking out on the river ,people watching ,looking awesome.

  126. Wow!! The tie detail on this dress!! I would love to take this dress out for drinks and dinner with my hard working hubbie and friends for a night of catching up and laughs. Think I would add a bit of rose gold bling or maybe my red heels and red tassel earings for some fun. Woo hoo!

  127. All 3, but probably more casual. I’m not a dress wearer generally, but I’m stuck in a style rut and this dress may just drag me out of it

  128. I love Motto. This dress looks fantastic. I would wear it for either casual or dress up for evening. Avery versitile garment. Love it.

  129. I think this dress would be on high rotation – I would wear it all three ways – casual, work and evening – changing up the accessories as I go. What a stylish addition to any wardrobe.

  130. I would love this for work, so simple and elegant. As a working mum of 3 something like this would take the pressure off getting ready in the morning.

  131. I’d wear it in the evening. Some bling and heals and a beaded clutch and off to the ballet at the Sydney Opera house. Gorgeous and comfortable !
    All the occasions look great. Thanks Nikki. X

  132. Smart casual – I’m loving this look. Normally I’m a jeans and shirt girl but love this as a great transition, no fuss, sexy look.

  133. I am still mourning the loss of my last VBD (versatile black dress). The grief has been real. The memories stitched in to the fabric of that dress have made it unbearable to part with (it’s still hanging in my closet, faded and misshapen). We went everywhere together: drinks at the pub; WOMAD; out to dinner; work meetings and more. But lo! Sunny days are here again – the Motto dress could fill the VBD shaped hole in my heart! Hooray for the VBD #2 🙂

    1. Love Motto! I would wear this dress for a casual or evening occasion. Love how Motto garments easily transform from day to night.

  134. I’d wear this gorgeous Motto black dress for a “smart casual” look on temperate Melbourne summer days with my Frankie4 silver Beth brogues and a silver bracelet, and if the weather turns even cooler I’d add my black Motto biker jacket.

  135. What a fabulous dress! My day to day look is pretty casual but, as life is unpredictable, I love that this dress looks great at any occasion for maximum wear in a minimalist wardrobe.

  136. I love that it’s made of jersey for comfort and I would wear it in a multitude of ways all summer long. My favourite look is with the white blazer.

  137. I love this dress. My go to would definitely be the casual look. I’d wear it with sneakers around the house and then pop on some sandals when popping out. I’d also wear the evening look, especially to the theatre where the outfit would Be perfect and so comfortable. So suitable for our Queensland weather!

  138. I’d wear the Motto Harlow dress casually with colored sandals, or flat lace ups. I’d add a pair of ‘closed toe shoes’ and a piece of paired down costume jewelry for interviews, as smart office attire or as a meeting outfit, depending upon the meeting a smart jacket too.
    For a flash evening out, really sparkly jewelry and fabulous heels.
    As the weather changes (I’m a Victorian), I would add layers underneath, a tshirt and/or tights as required. Ankle boots and winter jacket too.
    I think Harlow is the perfect versatile dress – thanks for the ‘heads up’ Nikki

  139. I’m looking for a replacement for my current black work dress that has seen almost too much wear. With the versatility of this dress I’d be able to make maximum use of it primarily in the office with a jacket and heels and then on weekends either dressed down for the markets and lunching or dressed up when out on the town. Different jackets and accessories and you get a totally different look – awesome!

  140. I love the casual look to this dress. I would add Raybans, Panama hat with black band and some neutral or tan sandals…good to go.Every day. For me, that is.

  141. Definitely the work wear. I’m always looking for work dresses that can look stylish in the Queensland heat and pet which I can wear a blazer in my freezing office! I also love it paired with the Frankie4 Alanas! I’ve been eying those off for ages!

  142. I love the Motto jersey dress!
    I’d wear it all ways I must confess!
    To choir, to lunch, to evenings fine
    So versatile and stylish! It would look divine!

  143. I’d wear this with converse and a panama hat – perfect weekend wear for starting at the farmers market and then running errands. But also versatile enough to wear to the office and out at night – love it!

  144. Being of the mature “Grey Set” does not mean losing the joy of looking stylish . With my grey curly hair , my dusty shade silver sandals and black clutch , silver earrings ….I could step out in confidence to any end of year celebration/ theatre night in BrisVegas. As I drive often from Sunshine Coast to go out – I could emerge from the car looking fresh .

  145. I work in a corporate office surrounded by Techs (Software developers) who wear jeans and hoodies everyday, but where the executive (all female) need to dress professionally- this would solve my drama of needed to dress professionally but want to be comfortable. I’m also 12mths post pregnancy and want something that flatters my new shape (which I’ve embraced)

  146. You don’t mention it being comfortable enough to sleep in! Morning school run, then to the office, then to drinks in the lead up to Christmas. It’s a Friday so I’ll be so tired I might even go to bed in it…..

  147. This dress would be a great wardrobe staple item. I could wear it to many events, either dressing down with a flat sandal or for evening, adding a heel and some jewellery. Would love to have this as my go-to outfit.

  148. Working from home, I love that you can just add a jacket and run out the door to client meetings. I love dresses that are versatile and fit many different occeasions. This is a fav!

  149. I would wear it as a casual style most of the time, but love the option of being able to dress it up for work. I’ve lost some weight & nothing fits at the moment, so on weekends I live in shorts & T-shirt’s. Everytime I go shopping, I can’t find anything that I like, so end up with the same style of denim shorts & shirts. I would love an outfit that looks nice, while still being comfortable.

  150. The versatility means I could wear it so many ways which is really exciting. Right now during the festive season I think it would swap between casual going out to nightlife dress.

  151. I would wear look no 1. I’m heading to the beach for a much needed holiday and would love a new casual look dress to take with me.

  152. Running after toddler at teenagers presentation day. For wearing whilst moving tractors on my way to work, my husband saying “it will only take a second!” Looking fabulous whilst multitasking.

  153. This dress is amazing and so versatile. I would so love to own this and would wear it to work with with my favourite red beads and Frankie4 sandals. And I would love to wear to the many Christmas parties I have to attend with big earrings and my silver scrappy shoes.

  154. This would become a work staple for me. Professional enough for our uniform policy and then still classy and chic enough to wear out for drinks after work.
    Motto will be my go to and will become my uniform motto.

  155. Work, work, work, work, work! Loving the jacket also. The fabric looks like it won’t wrinkle – a must for someone like me, who hates to iron!

  156. I truly believe that I could wear this dress all summer long. It is absolutely stunning and looks great whichever way you wish to wear it. I love Motto clothes as they are always versatile. This dress is definitely for me.

  157. I work in a school so this dress would be from the casual day look with some practical sandals, throw a jacket on for meetings for the professional look. Drinks after work, no worries, heels and statement earrings!

  158. Casual to evening for me as I no longer work. But at the moment, easy to slip on and off as I go through radiation treatment. Change accessories as you say Nikki, and it will be very versatile. I’d love one in my wardrobe.

  159. I will wear this dress as a casual dress by day then take my accessories to dress it up for evening. I am off to the Gold Coast to visit family so this dress would be a winner for the suitcase due to being so versatile !

  160. This stylish and comfy dress would be great to wear to work, in my job as a primary school teacher. I’d wear it with a pair of leopard print wedges with brown leather and rose gold jewellery.

  161. I would wear this from the beach to drinks at a local bar. Dress down with thongs and slip into sandals before walking into the bar. With a hat at the beach of course

  162. I live in Singapore where versatility is key plus shopping for the perfect dress here is hard! I could see me wearing this from work to dinner and then to lunch. This dress will make me feel beautiful even when I’m quietly dying in the heat

  163. Oh this would definitely be my go to LBD for summer nights out – dressed up with beautiful earrings and shoes. I love the tie midline and v neck – so flattering to all shapes!

  164. Why choose? Perfect for a Perth summer, this dress would take me from lunch with the girls to dinner in the city with friends with just a quick change of shoes! Yes please!

  165. I work in a tricky job running a crisis centre. On any given day I could be supporting incredibly vulnerable clients who are struggling with trauma, family violence or homelessness, or I could be meeting politicians in order to be a voice for those people and impact policy. I need to be comfortable, approachable and professional. Jeans don’t cut it, but this dress would!

  166. For no fuss Christmas dressing I would wear this dress with black strappy heels, a pewter clutch, silver collar and long silver earrings- perfect!

  167. I would love to wear this dress as i struggle with the way my menopausal body has changed and I feel this would cover a multiple of sins and make me feel feminine again. I love every way you have styled it. Very attractive

  168. This dress is a must for this time of year. Work in the mornings, meetings during the day with jacket and straight to Christmas drinks with a quick change of shoes, bling accessories and handbag. Finishing with dinner and perfectly Comfortable all day and night!

  169. I love this dress. I would definitely go the casual look. My casual consists of tracksuit and lycra, need to step it up.

  170. I will be wearing this gorgeous LBD every which way, maybe even loose. To the office with nude, back or bright heels, and a great bangle. Shopping or the beach with animal print sandals or canvas flats & sunnies, then out to dinner with great heels and a bit of bling. Love my Motto style

  171. Who doesn’t need a new LBD and this one is perfect for all of my occasions….today I’d wear it to my coffee date with a friend and then onto a few appointments and then dinner with my man…love Motto pieces.

  172. I will be wearing this gorgeous LBD every which way, maybe even loose. To the office with nude, back or bright heels, Nd a great bangle. Shopping or the beach with animal print sandals or canvas flats & sunnies, then out to dinner with great heels and a bit of bling. Love my Motto style

  173. This would be my go to work dress with a classic jacket which can then carry me through to a work function with a simple change of jewellery and heels. A must have in any girls wardrobe

  174. Every which way but (not too) loose! I’d wear this figure-flattering, perfectly draped dress for action and adventure filled days and nights…it fits the bill for a practical yet elegant, comfortable yet sexy, hard-working wardrobe staple.

  175. This dress would be great to wear to some upcoming Christmas parties….with some strappy heels, fun earrings and a clutch! Easy and no stress about what yo wear!

  176. I would love to win this dress for my daughter who has lost 40 kilos and is in desperate need of a new wardrobe, as a mother of three she would be able to wear this dress all three ways and put her own spin on it I’m sure, its such a versatile LBD!

  177. Love the summer go to dress for an all day go to! Could easily wear it to a breakfast catch up with the girlfriends, a work meeting or out on a date night! I have a big busy and find the crossover style very flattering as well as the tie at the waist giving me a bit more shape. Great fabric in our hot Brisbane climate and great for travel…love the no iron aspect.

  178. It’s a hard choice because I love all the looks. I think when it gets really hot the casual look would be my go to. Just love it.

  179. Every which way but (not too) loose! I’d wear this figure-flattering, perfectly draped dress for action and adventure-filled days and nights…it fits the bill for a practical yet elegant, comfortable yet sexy hard-working wardrobe staple.

  180. This would become my go to dress,shopping sandals and a colourful tote.
    Lunch with friends, some heels and a statement necklace. Dinner date with my DH, silver earrings, sheer black stockings, clutch purse . Ready for anything.

  181. I think I would wear this dress everywhere this summer. It would be perfect for my sons 18th birthday family lunch this year (right before Christmas). I think I’d be going for the casual look with metallic flats and some statement jewellery.

  182. I love the work styling. No blazer for me but a bright, chunky necklace which my primary students love! Or no necklace and a fresh flower behind one ear. It looks so comfortable too.

  183. What a great design! Cool neckline, that built in waist tie for subtle shape and the thigh split! I am looking for new work outfits to help disguise some post surgery swelling and this doesn’t look like I am trying too hard and will be super comfortable too.

  184. Love this dress. I’d wear it from day to night on both weekdays and weekends…. weekend lunch with friends, changing accessories for dinner and smartened up with a blazer and heels for work.

  185. This is the dress I’ve been looking for! It’s ultimate travel dress – I would wear it on the plane with leggings, and on arrival it could transform to any situation from exploring a new city with sneakers then to cocktails with a scarf & heels. It would travel with me everywhere!

  186. “I wear it myyyyyy waaaaayyyyyyy!” She croons as she walks into the room ready to commence the flurry of Christmas events with no more stress about having nothing to wear and carrying 40kg less! One stunning dress, some sparkling accessories, lots of looks to suit different events and a cocktail in hand. Let the celebrations and dancing begin!

  187. This LBD would be perfect to wear to work & then out for drinks…plus I could see myself wearing it all year round in Brissie.

  188. I’d probably wear it all ways but definitely a go to for smart casual! I love how easy it is to wear and looks great with metallic sandals for sure!

  189. This motto dress is perfect for casual,work and play. I would wear the dress for over my bathers with summer sandals and a nice chunky necklace.

  190. I would take this gorgeous dress to my trip to Africa in January. I would wear it as a casual garment and dress it up for dinner. I have been asked to speak at a school there, and it would look very smart for this occasion.

  191. What a gorgeous dress! Would be perfect for looking stylish in the Queensland heat. Definitely a dress to pack for holidays – casual to evening in a flash!

  192. I aspire to a minimalist wardrobe of easy wear pieces that can be mixed and matched, and this fabulous dress ticks ALL the boxes! I also love that no iron needs to go anywhere near it (yay!!) and that flattering tummy tie feature is just what this peri menopausal body of mine needs at the moment 🙂 This is THE PERFECT dress for me!!

  193. Gorgeous dress! I am travelling overseas next May and this dress will be perfect for a northern hemisphere spring! Love that it will travel without needing to be ironed, can be dressed up for fun nights out, and worn casually for comfortable sightseeing! I will be travelling with carry on only so such a versatile dress is perfect!

  194. I’d wear the dress mainly in the casual way for daytime but I love that it can transition into night wear with a bit of bling and a pair of heels!

  195. What a great go-to dress, I’d be wearing this every which way, it’s perfect for a Brissy summer (and even in winter with a pair of opaques!).

  196. I’d wear this dress to a bar
    I’d wear this dress in my car
    I’d wear this dress with some flair
    I would wear it everywhere!

  197. I would wear the Motto summer-go-to dress to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Having go to neutral pieces that need minimal styling, are comfortable and transition thru the day are what my wardrobe needs especially at this time of year.. adding to Santa’s wish list

  198. I would wear this all the time! Jersey is comfy and the style looks flattering. Casually with sandals leather sandals and bag, or with heels and a statement earring and clutch for a night out

  199. I’v been looking for a flattering black summer dress and this one looks perfect! I’d style it with nude sandals with a small heel and a red Murano glass necklace that I picked up from Italy. Great for a lunch date with friends!

  200. What a stunning dress!
    I will be job hunting in a completely new industry (for me) this January, so I can see me wearing this for job interviews and feeling composed even on the most scorching of summer days! ☀️

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