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9 Ways to Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

‘Tis the season for the little black dress! The holiday season brings lots of parties and get-togethers, not to mention colder weather that makes us all gravitate toward darker colors.

The little black dress is a staple for many women and it provides such a fantastic blank canvas for creativity. You can add all kinds of different colors, patterns, textures, and shiny baubles to take your dress from boring black to casual, fancy, sexy, and beyond. Here are 9 ways you can accessorize your LBD for any occasion.


  • Dress Up Your LBD 1 of 10
    Ways to Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

    Click through for some great inspiration!

  • Bright Necklace 2 of 10
    Bright Necklace

    A bright necklace really pops against the background of a plain black dress!

    Get the look:

    - Dress from ASOS, $49.83

    -Similar necklace from Bauble Bar, $34

  • Peplum Top 3 of 10
    Peplum top

    Merrick completely changed the look of her LBD by throwing a sleeveless white peplum top over her dress and adding a slim belt.

    From Merrick's Art

    Get the look:

    -Similar dress from Dorothy Perkins, $29

    -Similar top from Express, $24.50


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    Add a Sweater

    I love Ashley's boho take on the LBD. An oversized belted sweater, stylish hat and ankle booties are perfectly casual for fall.

    From I Believe in Unicorns

    Get the look:

    Similar hat from 6pm, $19.99

    Similar necklace from Amazon, $10

    Sweater from OASAP, $33.90

    Dress from Persunmall, $38.99

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    Leopard Scarf

    A little leopard print adds both pattern and a bit of wild appeal to a plain LBD.

    From Everyday Reading

    Get the look:

    -Scarf from Persunmall, $13.99

    -Similar dress from Karen Kane, $54.99

    -Boots from Nine West, $80

  • Statement Necklace and Leather 6 of 10
    Statement Necklace and Leather

    April has THE best jacket collection. This leather moto one adds the perfect amount of edge to a LBD and statement necklace.

    From Knocked Up Fabulous

    Get the look:

    -Jacket from Wallis, $70 (on sale)

    -Dress from White House Black Market, $150

    -Similar necklace from Max & Chloe, $52


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    Neon Pops

    Neon stands out no matter how you wear it, but on a black background it becomes the star of the show! Add a necklace, belt, shoes, or some combination of the 3 for a great bright look.

    From Small Town Big Wardrobe

    Get the look:

    -Similar dress from Talbots, $159

    -Similar necklace from Etsy, $13.90

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    Brown and Black

    Dress your LBD down with brown! The look is laid-back but still very pulled together. A colored moto jacket is an unexpected touch.

    From Thread Ethic

    Get the look:

    -Similar shoes from Anthropologie, $100

    -Similar jacket from Zappos, $52

  • Colored Shoes 9 of 10
    Colored Shoes

    When I've got a solid, neutral dress, my brain automatically pairs it with colored shoes. It's a slam dunk way to bring a little fun to an otherwise uninteresting ensemble.

    Get the look:

    -Dress from eShakti, $79.95

    -Similar booties from DSW, $49.95

  • Nude Accessories 10 of 10
    Nude Accessories

    While I may automatically reach for colored shoes, don't forget the power of NUDE. If your dress is a total knockout on its own OR if you're a little on the petite side and need to visually elongate your legs, then a good pair of nude shoes are a great bet!

    From District Dress Up

    Get the look

    -Similar dress from Express, $55.93

    -Similar shoes from DSW, $39.95

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