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Black Evening dresses: ''The art of wearing and accessorizing black''

Updated on October 12, 2010

Black dresses are a must for every woman's wardrobe. It is considered a color of authority and power. It is popularly known for making a woman appear thinner.

Introduced in the 1920s, black dresses are sexy, timeless, chic, sensational and are always in style and can be worn for any occasion. It can be worn for work, as casuals and even for an evening out.

An evening out is the best time to show your friends how impeccable your taste is. With the right accessories you can look sensational in your little black evening dress.

How to wear a black dress

Wearing a black evening dress may seem simple, all you have to do is just wear it. right? Wrong!! Dressing up in black and accessorizing requires a little bit of imagination on your part.

When not worn properly it tends to give you that drab appearance. There are so many things to be considered when wearing a black evening dress. From your skin tone to your hair color to the 'many' shades of black.

Black dresses do not flatter all complexions. If you have a pale skin or an olive skin you may want to wear another shade of black like dark grey or navy.

Make sure your black dress is a perfect fit, not too tight or too loose as it will stick out like a sore thumb.

If your black dress has a lot of designs particularly at the top, do not wear too many jewelries as it will make you look like a piece of unprofessional artwork.

Consider what style you want to wear. Look for details that flatter your figure, a strapless dress is good to show off your lovely shoulders;an empire style will flatter your waistline. Do you want a long black dress which exudes elegance or a short 'mini' black dress for a versatile look.

Accessorize your black dress

Here are a few fashion tips in accessorizing your black evening dress.

  • Cut the bland look by mixing your black evening dress with cool colors like (powder blue and olive green) and warm colors (like yellow, purple, pink or even red) in the form of a sash or wide belt. Scarves are also very chic and makes a beautiful layered effect
  • Belts (depending on the outfit, your personality and your body shape) will give your dress a different and defined look.
  • Get that classic, timeless look with a string of white pearly necklace and ear studs, you will be looking glamorous all night
  • Wear bold jewelries that sparkle to draw attention to your upper body. Hoop or dangling earrings (for strapless dress) - a touch of gold or silver jewelries can also do the trick. Stick to one color of jewelry, if you want to wear yellow gold make it yellow throughout, if white gold make it white gold all the way.
  • A Layered necklace is also avery stylish accessory for any woman who wants to flaunt her long and graceful neck and great shoulders
  • To keep up to trend accessorize with a chunky bangle for a funky look. A diamond bangle bracelet is a classy choice for anyone to lend a contemporary and sleek flavor to your little black dress.
  • A great way to wear a little black dress is to comb your hair back for a really classic look, wear simple jewelries and use a bow or a hair piece to accessorise your hair.
  • Carry a simple clutch bag with a splash of color to match your shoes and contrast with your black dress to spruce up your look. When using clutch bags, do not carry the conventional rectangular edged one, a rounded more contemporary style will give you a more chic look.
  • Drop those black shoes. Keep away from dark colored shoes dark blue or brown. When your black dress is worn with silver stilettos, platforms or pumps they make you look a bit taller, your calves look longer, lean and lovely. Red patent shoes and matching bag can give that sexy touch. Only wear black shoes(preferably patent shoes) with your black dress if it's a formal outing)
  • Create a little drama with your make up. You will be surprise what it can do to change your image. Bright cherry red lipstick can make a statement. Make the focus of your make up the eye or the lips, NOT both.

Dare to be adventurous with your colors. Look at your mirror or ask for an honest opinion before you leave your house. You will be just fine.


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      angel 3 years ago

      Thise Fashion is a fantastic. I like style n dresses.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      LaurenLL 6 years ago

      Great fashion.

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      xixi12 7 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

      Glad you enjoyed it Ruzica

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      Ruzica Kozul 7 years ago from Windsor, On, Canada

      Interesting hub xixi12, enjoyed reading it.

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      xixi12 7 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

      glad to be of service. am heading off to your hub now to read some more relaxing stories

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      meow48 7 years ago from usa

      i love your style, informative and interesting, clear and to the point. you even make someone like me, who has never gone anywhere to wear a black dress want to get one, hee. take care, meow48