Unexpected Ideas for Accessorizing Little Black Dresses
Think You Know Every Way to Accessorize LBDs? Think Again!
1. Go Unexpected on Shoes
Most people picture little strappy shoes with little black dresses, but there is no reason you can’t have a little fun with your footwear–especially with simple and short black dresses. Our advice? Look beyond the high-heeled sandal section when choosing shoes for your black party dress. A few unexpected combinations we love (and some Simply Dresses options for each) are: combat boots with a high neck LBD, thigh high boots with a swingy LBD, and platform or dressy sneakers with a very lacy, feminine LBD.
2. Wear Tights … or Even Leggings
Whether your legs aren’t debut ready, it’s chilly outside, or you just want a more modest look, try covering your legs under your little black dress. Black tights are a classic, but you could also go with something patterned with lace, flowers, or an animal print. If you’re feeling even bolder, try a leather legging. Quick tip: This LBD accessory works best with the most simple LBDs. (Check out a few fits from Simply Dresses for inspiration!)
3. Cover Up with a Bold Jacket
Another practical and stylish way to accessorize LBDs is with a jacket. The simplicity of your dress means you can go pretty much any direction with style and you get bonus points for staying warm. Try one of these combinations: an ultra-mini LBD with a long jacket, faux fur with an off-the-shoulder LBD, or a structured, boldly printed blazer with a fit-and-flare style.
4. Layer Over a Button Up
Sleeves don’t just have to go over a little black dress, you can also wear them under! For a look that stands out and goes day to night, try accessorizing your LBD with a crisp, white button-up underneath. This look requires the right neckline so you’re not overpowered. Look for black dresses with simple spaghetti straps or do a high neck and tank-top style sleeves with just the collar poking out.
5. Pick a Statement Piece of Jewelry
Statement jewelry is a classic pairing with an LBD. But you can think beyond big earrings or a chunky necklace to really stand out. Choose a piece of jewelry that emphasizes some of the more eye-catching features of your dress. For example, you could wear a backdrop necklace with a backless LBD, a chest chain with a plunging neckline, and a mismatched earring set with a one shoulder LBD.
6. Try a Bold Hairstyle
How about a new hairstyle? With a little black dress, your hair can be art on display and an accessory all by itself. You could try a temporary bright color to offset the classic color of your dress, an intricate braid, or even a hair accessory like a scarf or headband. This look will work with any LBD, though we like these styles from Simply Dresses as a starting point.
7. Try a Little Black Jumpsuit Instead
Who says a little black dress has to be a dress at all? For a fresh look, try a little black jumpsuit. You’ll stand out amidst a sea of party dresses. Plus, jumpsuits make it easier to let loose on the dance floor. Little black jumpsuits come in as many varieties as LBDs with unique necklines, fun cut-outs, and eye-catching details.
8. Go Without Any Accessories at All!
Black dresses are essentially a blank canvas for showing off your style. And we think nothing is more beautiful than the accessory you carry around with you every day — your gorgeous face. Choose an LBD that showcases your face and focus on perfecting your makeup. We also love this look with pulled-back hair. Try these off-the-shoulder styles from Simply Dresses to display yourself as the work of art you are.