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How to Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

How to Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

Are you looking for the perfect way to accessorize your little black dress? Whether you're headed to a special event or just want to look your best for a night out with friends, accessorizing your little black dress can take your look to the next level. Read on for some tips on how to accessorize your little black dress for any occasion.

The little black dress is perhaps one of the most iconic and traditional staple in any woman’s wardrobe. But, not every woman knows exactly how to liven up that pretty black dress that’s hanging in their closet to breathe a new life into it.

Little Black Dress



Short, long, A-line, or flair; there are a countless number of shapes and styles that could be added to your wardrobe. But, it can sometimes be intimidating if you want to push the envelope beyond the standard black on black. Take a deep breath, there’s nothing to fear about accessorizing this classic dress choice and creating that look you’ve been dreaming of.

Audrey Hepburn

Fortunately, it’s far easier to accessorize your little black dress than you may realize.


1. Add colorful jewelry.

Whether it’s a bright necklace, earrings, or bracelets you can add a little pop of color to your little black dress to give it a little more sass. Neon colors go exceptionally well with this look. So does tattoo inspired jewelry. But, if that seems to be a bit too far from your fashion comfort zone, you can always stick to richer colored gemstones or soft pastels

Statement Necklaces


2. Add a white dress shirt or peplum top over your little black dress.

While it may seem unconventional to wear a shirt over a dress, this will mimic an ever popular trend of color blocking while giving your black dress a new life.

Mens Dress Shirt


3. Sweaters and shrugs are also an accessory to your little black dress.

Not only are they functional in keeping you warm, they can update the look of your dress. Whether you stick with neutrals or brighter colors, it’s hard to go wrong when adding a cute cardigan to a black dress.

Cute Cardigans


4. Animal prints 

Animal prints are a great way to add some sass. Throw on a leopard or zebra print scarf for a dash of color. There’s nothing to fear with a little animal print. They can be found in many different articles of clothing. If a leopard print jacket is too much, try a couple tiger print bangle bracelets or animal inspired earrings.

Sexy Animal Print Fashion


5. Nude accessories

Flesh colored pieces pair exceptionally well with the little black dress, especially if you opt for a nude shoe with gold or silver jewelry. It adds some appeal to the eye without going overboard. It also helps to brighten your overall look especially if you carry it through your makeup choices.

Black Dress Nude Shoes
Nude shoes make legs look longer. Photo courtesy of a A Glam Slam


6. A belt or waist cincher.

This is a great way to add interest and shape to any little black dress. This is also a great time to throw in some color. Rich burgundies or bright blues, any colorful belt will rest well against the black fabric.

Black Dress Pink Belt

Look styled by Chai



7. Skulls

Accessorize with a skull or two. Whether you mix in a skull necklace or a sugar skull handbag; these edgy additions will work to elevate your look from the expected.

Skull Earrings


8. Leather jackets or jean accessories

These rugged staples can also flatter a little black dress. While jean fabric will help to make it more casual, black leather will also elevate it to a higher fashion standard.

Black Dress with Leather Jacket


9. Hats or hair accessories

Interesting adornments in your hair or a cute little hat can also help to accessorize your little black dress.

Queen of the Little Black Dress




10. Purses

Carry a brightly colored purse or clutch that matches your jewelry to tie it all together.

Colorful Handbags


11. Shoes

Footwear is of the utmost importance when accessorizing your little black dress; try to steer clear of all black. Go nude, choose a bold print, or opt for a  colorful heel.

Shoes with skulls

While the little black dress is an absolute staple, it just isn’t the same without a little extra pop to give it some fierce flair. Don’t worry about making it perfect, the key to accessorizing any outfit is to try new things and to have fun with it.  

What is your favorite way to accessorize your little black dress? Leave your comments below!

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