Last Updated on February 26, 2023 by Ellen Christian
Check out these hacks to dress up your little black dress. A little black dress is a timeless look that can be worn by every woman no matter her age or size.
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“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren
Dress Up the Little Black Dress
If there is one wardrobe staple every woman needs to have, it’s a little black dress. It’s acceptable at a business function, a funeral or a holiday party. There are ways to dress up the little black dress for every occasion.
While a little black dress is a staple, it can always use a bit of glam to dress it up. How you choose to dress it up will depend on your style and the function you’re attending.
With the holidays only a month or so away, it’s time to consider what you’ll be wearing. One of the most important things you can do is to be certain your wardrobe has basics you can build on.
Add sparkle to your shoes
Choose shoes with a bit of sparkle. Diamonds, rhinestones, studs or sequins. The final look is up to you. I’m partial to these gorgeous heels.
Add a statement necklace. I prefer one with a bit of sparkle like this Giani Bernini. If you prefer, choose earrings or a ring.
Add a tiara or headwrap
Wear a tiara or sparkly headband. Every woman deserves to feel like a princess. How about this Rhinestone Headwrap?
Wear a belt
Add a belt. This will depend on the cut of the dress, but this kate spade belt is stunning.
Add a masquerade mask
Add a masquerade mask. Of course, this won’t work for every occasion but they can work wonderfully at holiday parties.
Trim is in
Add a trim. Add lace, fur or rhinestones to the hem of your dress. Send it out for alterations if you’re not handy with a needle.
A diamond cuff
Wear a rhinestone (or diamond) cuff. Rhinestones can give as much sparkle as diamonds, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I’m in love with this rhinestone cuff, and it’s so affordable.
Choose a glittery clutch. Gold or silver, either one can really dress up that little black dress if they sparkle. This Jessica McClintock clutch is very affordable.
Wear sparkly tights. Again this will depend on the dress but it can add glam to some outfits.
Wear a collar
Add a collar. A collar embellished with rhinestones, pearls or sequins can dress up almost any little black dress.
Does your wardrobe have a little black dress? How will you dress it up?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over 40. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.
4 thoughts on “10 Hacks to Dress Up a Little Black Dress”
First thing I need to do is actually GET a little black dress! Then, make my husband take me somewhere fancy in it… These are great suggestions to kick it up a notch!
Every woman should have a little black dress!
What a comment by Sophia Loren! I have never worn a tiara but I do love sparkly headbands. I have a sparkly shawl I can wear with my LBD since I’m always cold. I also would need some place to wear it and oh yes, someone to take me there would be nice. Not asking much, right?!
That would be perfect, Deb!