The little black dress, also known as LBD, is a universal staple found in most wardrobes. Although an LBD is just like a blank canvas, making this colorless piece unique can sometimes be a challenging task. Whether you are looking for new Christmas outfit ideas for this year’s office party, or trying to put together the perfect edgy street look, the little black dress can look drab – or fab – and it’s all in the styling.
The Versatile Slip Dress Look
You can’t buy a new dress with every change in trends, so it’s better to have a few classic staples in your wardrobe which you can mix and match and wear in multiple ways. Pair your favorite black slip dress with a chic blazer and the star shoes of the season, and you’ve got yourself a versatile look which you can wear at multiple occasions. Add a chunky metallic belt over the blazer to draw attention to your waist, and finish off your look with a pair of dazzling drop earrings or choose statement jewelry, if the occasion asks for it. For those chilly fall days, add a sleek turtleneck underneath your black slip dress and switch up your sandals for a comfy pair of block heeled boots.
Bling Power: The Elevated LBD
The most effective way to make your black dress shine is through the right accessories. Whether you are planning on attending a cocktail party at the office or looking for ways to style your wedding guest dress, the right accessories instantly transform your basic black dress into a fab ensemble. Pearl or gemstone jewelry is perfect bling if you are looking to elevate your outfit and make it look more expensive and sophisticated. Add a blingy pair of drop pearl earrings to draw attention to your face, pull back your hair in a sleek ponytail and add a large black hair bow for that extra touch of flair. If you are wearing a sweetheart or V-shaped neckline, opt for a simple drop necklace to complement your dress. However, if your dress has a halter neckline, stick to a statement pair of pearl earrings, skip the necklace and add a few elegant pearl bracelets to complement the rest of your jewelry.
The Fall-Forward Look
Those chilly fall days are almost here and it’s time to transition your wardrobe from warm to cold weather. The best thing about the cold season is that it’s literally the time for layering – and this has us all excited. Pair a long-sleeve black midi dress with a sleek ankle boot and top it off with a staple coat for that perfect IT girl aesthetic. As your jewelry won’t be visible under all those layers, opt for a pair of bold earrings that can draw attention to your face. If you are looking to create an edgier outfit, opt for an all-black look and swap your long warm coat for a black leather jacket while adding a pair of lace-up boots and black leggings to keep you warm – and chic.