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What to Wear With a Little Black Dress to Dress It Up: How to Accessorize a Black Dress to Make a Visual Statement

Updated on January 9, 2018
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Donna is a retired Certified Image Consultant with experience in women's fashions and cosmetics. She loves sharing insider fashion tips.

Are you wondering what to wear with a little black dress to dress it up? The answer is as simple as the dress itself. Here’s what to do to change your look instantly from demure to dramatic by focusing on shoes, hats, jewelry and other accessories.

Add a pop of color to accessorize your little black dress
Add a pop of color to accessorize your little black dress | Source

Hats: Eye Candy to Frame the Face

For a flattering, flirtatious look, consider donning a hat to accent your little black dress. The style of the hat and the materials from which it is made determine the ultimate look. Felt fedoras are classic headgear that always look sophisticated and sultry, while chic cloches telegraph your glamour sense. Jaunty berets add a continental charm (think French) that reeks of old world opulence.

Step Up Your Style

Park your perky ballerina flats for the evening, and slip into some killer stilettos to give your little black dress a show-stopping edge.

Nothing says sexy like sky-scraping stilettos, and don’t be afraid to ditch the ubiquitous black ones in favor of an outrageous red or electric blue pair.

If you love the leg-lengthening look of stilettos but need a shoe with a touch more stability, consider a high stacked heel. It gives you all the height of a stiletto with the security of a little wider heel.

Other good footwear choices to consider when deciding what to wear with a little black dress to dress it up are patent leather or reptile skin strappy high heels, or kitten or princess heel mules.

Feel free to play with different looks and styles because the little black dress is the perfect blank canvas for accessorizing with shoes to add some fashion flair in an instant.

Jewelry adds a silvery, metallic sheen for little black dress magic.
Jewelry adds a silvery, metallic sheen for little black dress magic. | Source
Be daring or demure by varying your accessories.
Be daring or demure by varying your accessories. | Source

Pretty Little Style Secrets: Jewelry

Pearls and little black dresses go together like apple pie and ice cream, but don’t limit yourself to this classic combination.

Dramatic pearl drop earrings are the perfect red carpet look for a little black dress with an interesting neckline; pearl studs add subtle sophistication.

The drop earrings draw the eye up and elongate the entire figure. Finish the look with a string—or two—of pearls.

As a plus, pearls are universally flattering for all skin tones.

Work some metallic magic with statement or chunky necklaces in gold and silver.

Silver jewelry adds cool, clean air to your little black dress, while gold jewelry—especially gold chains and bracelets—are the perfect partner for those sexy stiletto heels.

Pearls and a LBD are perfect companions
Pearls and a LBD are perfect companions | Source

Dressing the Part

Try some of these quick tips when you are struggling to decide what to wear with a little black dress to dress it up in a flash:


Wrap a luxurious leather or exotic reptile skin belt around your waist or low-slung on your hips to dress up your little black dress.

Skinny belts and chain belts are flattering for most body shapes and add instant chic.


Loop an ethnic-inspired animal print scarf around the dress neckline or use it as a sash.

Larger scarves can double as shawls or shoulder wraps to create a paparazzi-ready look.


Leggings, jeggings, and patterned hose add glitz and glamour for little black dress up occasions.

Sweep hair into a messy updo, secure with rhinestone encrusted hair pins, and bare your shoulders in a strapless little black dress.

The most important thing to keep in mind when planning what to wear with a little black dress to dress it up is that less is more.

One or two sensational touches of bling are more impressive than an overdone, over-the-top look. Finish your look with flawless, dramatic makeup.

Strive for sophisticated elegance, and you will always be in style.

What Not to Wear: Little Black Dress

References and Sources

 Accessories, Chic Simple Guides

Author's personal experience as a Certified Image Consultant and clothier


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