Every woman should have at least one solid black dress in her closet. Why? A black dress can help you through any wardrobe conundrum. Whether you’re unsure of a dress code during a wedding or job interview or simply want a chic, versatile, classic look, a black dress will always be a good bet.
Another bonus of donning a black dress is that they are the perfect backdrop for your favorite accessories, from look-at-me jewelry to stunning handbags and everything in between. Looking to add something special to your next look? Here are seven amazing ways to accessorize a solid black dress and make your look pop.
Show Off Your Most Fashionable Footwear
Whether you don an LBD, a midi, or a longer, flowy maxi style, a solid black dress gives you the perfect opportunity to step out in some high-style shoes. A black dress will always look good paired with classic shoes like mules, strappy sandals, or sleek high heels.
Your choice of shoes will help calibrate your look—flats offer a casual effect while platforms in a bright color create attitude for a fun night-out look. Black dresses also look fabulous dressed down for a more casual daytime look—think a short black dress paired with white sneakers and hoop earrings for coffee dates or weekend brunch with the girls.
Create Drama with Pops of Color
Just because you are rocking a black dress doesn’t mean you can’t think about ways to bring color into your ensemble. In fact, solid black dresses are an excellent opportunity to play with contrast.
Pastels look beautiful with black dresses for a softer daytime look—think pale pink bags, baby blue shoes, or a taupe belt. For a high-wattage going-out outfit, wear your favorite black dress with a neon accessory, like neon jewelry or a bright pair of heels, for a look-at-me combination that will turn heads everywhere you go.
And if you are seeking a more subtle dose of color, delicate gemstone rings are always pretty and create just the right hint of shine for any occasion.
Up Your Handbag Game
Next time you rock your favorite black dress, use it as a chance to show off your personal style with a handbag that telegraphs personality. If your style is more traditional, consider a classic handbag with clean lines and chic hardware or a sleek clutch for a night-out look that is elegant but never boring.
If you are more of a maximalist, use your black dress as a backdrop for flashier bags. Think of styles studded with crystals, interesting shapes, and unexpected colors that really catch the eye.
Shine in Statement Earrings
A black dress is a great chance to play with fun jewelry that might look and feel a little too loud when paired with other items in your closet. A black dress always looks beautiful with a good pair of earrings, especially if the dress you are wearing has details like pleats, lace, cutouts, or any other design feature that adds visual interest that could compete with other accessories.
Because your earrings are close to your face, they won’t overwhelm you even in combination with other elements of your dress. Pearl earrings will help you channel Audrey Hepburn—pretty and polished for a job interview or meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time. For formal events, high-end jewelry like designer diamond earrings or earrings made from gemstones and precious metals will add high-wattage shine.
If you’re unsure how to match your jewelry to your skin, here’s a helpful guide on how to find jewelry to flatter your skin tone.
Tie On A Chic Scarf
The next time you wear your favorite black dress, consider adding a French touch with a chic neck scarf that is equal parts classy and fashionable. Whether you favor designer logos with scarves from big-name brands like Dior and Hermes or prefer bold graphic prints and delicate florals, there’s a silk scarf for you.
This retro-inspired finishing touch has come back in a major way over the past few years and is sure to feel both timeless and cutting-edge. New to wearing scarves? Here’s a handy tutorial on how to tie a scarf so you feel cool and confident all day long.
If you want to dip your toe into this trend before embracing it full-on, you can also tie a silk scarf around the strap of your favorite handbag for an extra pop of color.
Top it Off
When it comes to accessorizing your black dress, don’t overlook the potential for hair accessories to add that extra finishing touch. A headband is a sweet, feminine way to accessorize an LBD and adds a cool retro feel. Satin hair bows are also having a moment lately, so experiment with ways to secure your ponytail or bun to add some panache. Other hair accessories, like bejeweled or pearl-embellished hair clips, can add subtle shine. Hats are also a fun way to make a statement—straw fedoras are always in for summer, and a wide-brimmed hat adds sub-protection while upping the glam factor of your outfit. For casual cool weather looks, a knit hat paired with a black dress and ankle boots is sure to feel on-trend.
Consider All Seasons
Black dresses are versatile in terms of letting you dress up or down, but also versatile in the sense that they translate well across several seasons—with the right accessories, that is. Opaque black tights and knee-high boots create a sophisticated LBD look for winter and fall—or go with lace or jewel-tone tights if you are feeling more adventurous.
For spring and fall, wear your LBD with a denim or a menswear-inspired vest for a fashion-forward, layered approach. And a chunky knit scarf is always a welcome way to incorporate color and texture as the seasons change.