Whether you’re trying to save some money or avoid shopping for a classy, sophisticated cocktail dress for your next special occasion, there’s a simple solution. All you have to do is head to your closet and dig out your favorite little black dress.
Even if your favorite LBD seems a little boring for special occasions like weddings, adding one (or a few) statement-making accessories can make all the difference. From footwear to jewelry, here’s how to create a fresh, elegant look with your favorite black dress that’s sure to turn heads at any event.
Keep it classic with timeless accessories.
Little black dresses are a classic staple for any wardrobe, and it’s important to accessorize accordingly, such as by adding unique timepieces or bracelets. For instance, incorporating a beautiful watch (like a Rolex or a Tag Heuer) into your outfit can make all the difference.
As women’s style has evolved over the decades, wristwatches have come a long way. Today, wristwatches aren’t just a dramatic style statement—they’re also a piece of art.
Luxury materials such as platinum, gold, or even titanium are typically found in mechanical watches alongside stainless steel and bronze, according to The Watchbox’s guide to quality watches. Additionally, for special occasions like weddings, many watchmakers, like Patek Philippe or Rolex, also manufacture beautiful luxury watches made out of rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold with gemstones and diamonds and stunning bezel details.
Don’t be afraid to make a statement.
Statement jewelry is a classic pairing for any black dress, but skip the big hoop earrings or chunky bracelet to really make a statement. Instead, choosing jewelry that complements the features of your dress can add a sophisticated dose of style.
For example, if you’re wearing a backless dress, complete the outfit with a stunning backdrop necklace. On the other hand, if you’re wearing a more dramatic, elegant LBD, consider nothing more than a pair of quartz stud earrings and a clutch purse to keep your look balanced.
Have fun with your footwear.
When it comes to footwear, most people pair little black dresses with strappy shoes, but there’s no reason you can’t go all out with your footwear. Especially if you’re wearing a simple, short black dress, accessorizing with a bold pair of heels can help bring your outfit to the next level.
To make a statement with your footwear, look beyond the high-heeled sandals. Instead, opt for combat boots with a mock neck LBD, thigh-high boots for a loose and flowy LBD, or dressy sneakers for a lacy, feminine LBD.
Wrap a belt around your waist.
Belts are a go-to accessory for any little black dress, offering a slimming effect that can help enhance your figure. Belts work well on flare-style, a-line, and even shift dresses, and playing around with different belt sizes can help switch up your style.
For the best results, experiment with different materials to add texture to your outfit. Depending on your personal preferences, you might choose a simple belt buckle in a gold finish or a thin leather belt with eye-catching diamonds.
Complete your outfit with a stylish jacket.
Depending on the weather, a stylish jacket is a great way to accessorize your black dress. Jackets offer both function and style, and you can never go wrong with an all-black look.
While a classic leather jacket can help create a bold, classic style, topping off your LBD with a jean jacket can create a more casual look. On the other hand, if your special event is in the winter, a woven peacoat is an easy way to enhance your outfit while keeping you warm.
As one of the most iconic and traditional timepieces in any woman’s wardrobe, the little black dress is the perfect go-to dress for any occasion or event. By choosing the right accessories for your LBD, you’ll be able to liven up your outfit and breath a new life into it.