10 Ways to Revamp Your Little Black Dress
Today’s fashion trends may not last, but the classic little black dress never goes out of style.
Too bad basic black can get, well, boring.
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This wardrobe staple is a must for the office, chic soirees, and even casual dates, but wearing your signature look time after time can be pretty predictable. But before you go on a shopping spree, consider giving your current LBD a brand new makeover.
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We asked some celebrity stylists how to make your favorite couture even more versatile, figure flattering, and in some cases, brand new. Be warned, you might fall in love all over again.
Cinch the Waist
Want to give the illusion of a slimmer figure? Add a matching black belt to accentuate your curves and minimize your midsection.
Rock the Mullet
If you have a long black gown that could use a pick-me-up, celebrity wardrobe stylist Ali Levine suggests transforming it into the trendy high-low, also known as the “mullet dress."
“If you’re like me and your LBD is already above the knees, this one is probably not for you,” she explains. “But to the ladies out there that can afford it, [can] cut off a couple of inches from the front and leave the back as is. This is especially a great look if you have long legs because it will draw attention to them.”
Try a New Hairstyle
Did you recently get a shorter ‘do or just want an excuse to show off that new lob? The best way to debut a new look is to wear an LBD because eyes will be immediately drawn to your hair. Raina Seitel, co-star of Style Network’s “City Girls,” believes hair alone can transform a basic black outfit. “For a more classic look, try a bun,” suggests Seitel. “If it’s for a night out on the town, go with a few waves.”
Want a look that’s certain to make heads turn? Fashion expert Hilary Kennedy recommends trying something that’s both sleek and sexy. “Consider purchasing a black dress in all leather,” she says. “A leather LBD is unexpected, a little edgy, and can be softened with a cardigan, scarf, or dainty jewelry.”
You can never go wrong with channeling your inner bombshell. Stylists say a classic red pout, pearls, and matching black pumps works for everyone, gives you a polished appearance.
Change the Neckline
Image consultant Thea Wood says that with the help of a tailor, you can easily transform your favorite dress without emptying your wallet. “A seamstress can easily take a crew neck and make it boat neck or V-neck,” she says. “For a runway look, change a high back into a plunging low back.” Finish the look with a sparkling back drop necklace.
Those cobalt blue stilettos or that hot pink clutch may not go with everything, but they can certainly add a pop of color to your LBD. “Dare to clash and wear a yellow clutch with blue shoes,” says Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, POPSUGAR’s Fashion & Beauty Director. She also suggests being daring with lace stockings, which add another stylish element to your wardrobe. “A pointed toe pump looks especially on-trend this fall,” she adds.
When in Doubt, Add Accessories
The easiest, quickest way to revamp your little black dress? Go all out with the accessories. Whether it’s those golden chandelier earrings, a silver chain, bangles, or cocktail rings, don't be afraid to wear plenty of jewels. “An LBD is the perfect, chic, and subtle canvas for a bejeweled collar necklace for any cocktail event,” explains New York City-based stylist Sara Cooper. “All the attention and complements will be geared towards your jewels.” To give your outfit a uniformed look, make sure the earnings and necklace matches your purse and shoes.
Don't Forget Layers
When temperatures drop, don’t toss aside the sleeveless dress. “An easy way to dress up at the office is to throw on a fun textured tailored jacket over your dress,” says fashion consultant Colin T. McDonald. To give your dress a rocker edge for the evening, McDonald recommends the Alex Black Studs motorcycle jacket. During the day, try a well-tailored blazer in a different hue and for casual outings, keep warm with a cardigan or scarf.
Play Up Your Favorite Features
Got lean legs? Add strappy sandals. Love your décolletage? Wear a low-cut necklace with a V-neck dress. Have a new tan? Wear plenty of bangles. Don’t be afraid to reveal your best feature and accentuate it.