The Versatile Black Vacation Dress

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

Last year, during the fall, I got to go on a relaxing long weekend to St. Petersburg, FL. While there, I was lucky enough to shoot with the incredibly talented Maggie Stewart. To see pictures from our other shoot, check out this post. Over the last 2+ years of blogging, my photographer/best friend and I have learned SO MUCH about photography and he’s gotten really great at it! But it’s fun to switch it up every now and then and get a new perspective. Plus, there’s not exactly an ocean I can splash around in at home. #someday We shot these photos on the beach at sunset, right behind the Don Cesar Hotel (more on that on Monday!) and had such a blast! I’m no model, but I sort of felt a little bit like one! Lol There’s a picture of the back of the resort below – it’s so gorgeous, I can’t wait to show you more.

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The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small TownThe weather was gorgeous the whole time we were there, we literally had no rain whatsoever and it was so fun to shoot while being in the water. This dress might be one of the items in my closet that I’ve had the longest (we’re talking over 10 years, here!) and I honestly can’t remember where I got it from. That almost never happens.

It’s the perfect black vacation dress because you can wear it as a cover-up to the pool or beach. But because it has a sexy little v-neck cut it can also be dressed up with fun accessories and dressy sandals. If you don’t have this type of dress in your wardrobe I would suggest grabbing yourself one. You don’t have to spend a lot, but if you think you’ll wear it quite a bit I suggest putting a little bit more money into it to get a better quality one that won’t fall apart on you after multiple wears. A versatile black vacation dress is one of those must-have items in your closet. I found some great contenders for you below at all different price points.

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

The Versatile Black Vacation Dress | Style in a Small Town

Photography by: Maggie Stewart

Earrings: Lisi Lerch (also here in tons of other colors) // Hat: Vacation find (option here, here, hereLOVE this one!) // Sunnies: Ray-Ban // Signature necklace: Julia Marie c/o

Be sure to come back on Monday for a new travel series post where I’m covering all of the things we did while in St. Pete and places to eat!

Have a great weekend and as always, thanks for reading!

xoxo, Hillary

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