10 Ways to Dress Up the Little Black Dress

Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by Ellen Christian

“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren

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If there is one wardrobe staple every woman needs to have, it’s a little black dress. A little black dress is a timeless look that can be worn by every woman no matter her age or size. 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.

10 Ways to Dress Up the Little Black Dress

10 Ways to Dress Up the Little Black Dress

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.

  1. Choose shoes with a bit of sparkle. Diamonds, rhinestones, studs or sequins. The final look is up to you. I’m partial to these Ninah Crystah Evening Pumps
  2. Add a statement necklace. I prefer one with a bit of sparkle like this Giani BerniniIf you prefer, choose earrings or a ring.
  3. Wear a tiara or sparkly headband. Every woman deserves to feel like a princess. How about this Rhinestone Headwrap?
  4. Add a belt. This will depend on the cut of the dress, but this kate spade belt is stunning.
  5. Add a masquerade mask. Of course, this won’t work for every occasion but they can work wonderfully at holiday parties.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 the Balissima by EFFY, but it is a bit pricey.
  8. 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.
  9. Wear sparkly tights. Again this will depend on the dress but it can add glam to some outfits.
  10. 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?10 Ways to Dress Up the Little Black Dress

4 thoughts on “10 Ways to Dress Up the Little Black Dress”

  1. 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!

  2. 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?!

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