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Great Accessory Ideas for Your Little Black Dress

Updated on March 21, 2013
Accessorize your little black dress
Accessorize your little black dress | Source

They say that owning a little black dress is an essential item in a woman's wardrobe. A little black dress is veritable chameleon of change in the clothing world: it can be worn at several different types of occasions and the look can change drastically depending on what you wear it with. Accessorizing your outfit is an important part of pulling off the look you want. With the right accessories your outfit can be appropriate for any occasion. From an outing at a movie theater to a wedding reception: if you own a little black dress, you should know that there are lots of accessories that you can pair with it. The type of accessories that you wear with your little black dress will determine what kind of look you are going for. Depending on what accessories you choose will change your outfit's appearance and make all the difference in pulling off the perfect outfit. Here are some ideas to help you decide what to wear with your little black dress.

Wear a Belt With Your Black Dress

Wearing a belt with your black dress is a great way to accentuate your figure and change the look of your dress. For a casual encounter you can wear a simple brown belt for example, and for a more formal occasion you can wear a shiny belt with embellishments such as rhinestones and lace. The belt can be a simple black or it can be a vivid color. Everything goes with a black dress so you can get as flashy or as simple as you want.

Accessorize Your Black Dress with the Right Shoes

With the right shoes, a little black dress can go from daywear to evening wear in a snap: try out some flat shoes such as ballet flats or dolly shoes. Or you can wear your dress with a simple kitten heel or some high-heeled pumps. There aren’t really any rules when it comes to shoes, so be creative and wear what fits you the best.

Wear a bolero
Wear a bolero | Source

Wear a Bolero With Your Little Black Dress

A bolero is a small fitted jacket or over-top that covers the shoulders, arms and the chest. There are two different types of boleros: those that cover the entire arm, and those that only cover a little of the arm or are just off the shoulder. A bolero is a type of high-waisted jacket, meaning that it doesn't cover the midriff and it shows off the stomach. Boleros are the perfect item for wearing with a black dress (or any dress for that matter) because they often show off enough of the dress that it isn’t covering too much. The right bolero can even make your dress look more fancy. It’s also a great option if you want to cover up a little more but don’t want to ruin the look of your dress.

Wear a fitted jacket with your black dress
Wear a fitted jacket with your black dress | Source

Wear a Fitted Jacket With Your Little Black Dress

A fitted jacket is a very popular item to wear with a dress: celebrities are often seen wearing fitted jackets with dresses. For a casual encounter, wearing a fitted jacket makes your black dress look more relaxed it’s perfect if the temperature drops. If you want to wear a special black dress but you feel it might be too fancy, the fitted jacket is the perfect solution: it can help make your appearance look more dressed down and it allows you to feel more comfortable at the same time.

Wear a necklace with your dress
Wear a necklace with your dress | Source

Dress Up Your Outfit with a Necklace

There are several types of necklace lengths available. Why not try wearing a long necklace? These are perfect for casual functions and they work well with dresses that cover your neckline. If you are wearing a dress that as a high neckline, or if you are wearing a turtleneck dress, a long necklace is perfect. A shorter necklace such as a choker, would work very well with formal attire and formal occasions. A shorter necklace is perfect for a dress that leaves your neckline open and exposed. If you have a dress with a visible neckline and you are going to a formal occasion, a choker might be the right look for the occasion. Of course you can wear any length necklace with any type of dress, and for any occasion: just do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Wear Tights With a Black Dress

Tights are a way to change the look of your black dress and they are the perfect look for the autumn and winter seasons. Just by wearing tights you can add a whole new dimension to your outfit. Since your dress is black, it’s probably a good idea to stay away from black tights: too much black isn’t terrible, but it might be nice to try another color instead. Patterned tights are also an interesting choice. There are so many lovely patterns and types of tights available that you almost have endless possibilities when choosing the right tights for your look. You don't have to wear tights with your dress, if you desire you can certainly go without them. Tights and nylons aren’t essential anymore when wearing a dress and depending on what you decide to wear (or not wear) with your dress, it will change and add to your appearance.

What Type of Purse Should I Wear With My Little Black Dress?

When wearing a dress, purses are almost always worn, especially since dresses don’t always have pockets and it’s a convenient way to carry things. Keep in mind that purses aren’t just used for carrying your personal belongings: they also add or subtract from your look depending on what you choose to wear. Try to select a purse that adds to your outfit. You don't always need to match your shoes with your dress, and if you want, the purse can be flashy and really stand out. For an evening dress choose a purse that is small such as a clutch. The purse can even be black, but make sure it has some embellishments: black purses with embellishments like rhinestones really look well with black . For a casual event you can pair your dress with any type of purse, it doesn’t have to look a certain way. You can accessorize with a boho bag or even a beach bag, they all have the potential to look good in the right setting.

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      AJ 20 months ago from Australia

      Lovely. The pearls win every time!

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Great! My approach is to go with the flashy necklace :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Nicely done the katsmeow. Every little black dress needs a little something and you've listed some great "somethings". Your pictures are a good compliment as well. Love the jackets!

      Voted up and useful.