How To Accessorize Your Black Dress

Every woman must own at least one little black dress. It is a wardrobe staple in any smart woman's closet. A black dress adds infinite possibilities to answer that age-old question, "What do I wear?"  The trick is to choose a black dress that has a simple silhouette but is still figure flattering. Stick with classic looks such as a wrap or empire waisted style dress. These styles lend themselves nicely to accessorizing. In order to practice the art of accessorizing stand before a full length mirror in your black dress with a pad and pen in hand and write down how many different looks you can come up with using your imagination and the accessories from your closet.

Here are three to start you off:

  • First, a formal look. Accessorize your black dress by adding silk stockings and  high-heeled black pumps. Next add jewelry in the way of strands of pearls in an opera length or a triple strand pearl choker and pearl drop earrings. Wear your hair up or a swept back, possibly adding a beautiful hair accessory such as a pearl barrette or comb and apply your makeup in a glamorous style with smoky eyes and luscious red lips. Add a beaded or lace wrap and a simple satin or beaded evening purse and you are set for that night out on the town.
  • Next, change things up completely and accessorize your black dress with boots and textured dark tights. For jewelry add a chunky gold or silver necklace and bangle bracelet. Now is the time to wear that interesting pin and the bold gold or silver doorknocker earrings. Add a wide black leather belt to your black dress and carry an oversized colorful shoulder bag. Casual and fun!
  • Now let's accessorize that black dress for the office. Choose nude hosiery and a low-heeled loafer. Layer on your chain necklaces and maybe a pearl strand or two ala Chanel style. Try pearl stud earrings and a chic faux alligator clutch. Now layer on top of the dress your most fitted and professional suit jacket, leave it as is or cinch it in lightly at the waist with a thin black leather belt. Add a scarf tied ascot style at the neckline and tuck the ends in. Now you are ready for the office or that meeting with your client.

As you can see, there are many ways to accessorize your black dress ranging from casual to formal. You can dress it down or up depending upon the accessories you use. Don’t close your mind to the possibilities, remember changing just one or two accessories will give you another whole look and keep your style fresh.


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