Audrey Hepburn made it iconic when she donned it in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in 1961, and even over 50 years later, the Little Black Dress is still a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. It is timeless, classic and chic, and any lady who slips into one for a day at the office or for a fancy affair can’t help but feel the same. So with the holidays quickly approaching and all of the social affairs that are sure to fill up your calendars in the coming weeks, here are a few ways to bring new life to that old closet standby.
What I love about Little Black Dresses is the fact that they are essentially a blank canvas. Therefore you can add color, sparkle, texture, or even keep it simple with a monochromatic theme. The possibilities are endless!
First, find the perfect Little Black Dress:
This simple A-line LBD from Theory would be great on most body types:
The pleats and playful bow on this long-sleeve blouse dress from Ann Taylor Loft make it perfect for a casual or fancy affair:
And this lacy option from Madewell marries a little bit of romance with a little sexy edge:
Pair it with a warm-weather accessory:
Keep those legs nice and toasty in black tights like these from Commando:
Or get a little flirty with this polka dot pair from Anthropologie:
Keep your neck warm with a faux-fur scarf like this one from Madewell:
Or this sequin stunner from Rachel Zoe:
Keep warm to and from your event with a chic winter coat. I love the emerald color of this collarless coat by Proenza Schouler:
You can never go wrong with the classic black and white combination like this chic option from Badgley Mischka:
Or incorporate another seasonal trend of contrasting fabrics with this architectural design with leather sleeve details from BCBG MaxAzria:
Accessorize with Jewels:
Spice up your LBD with the hottest trend in accessories: the collar necklace. I love the hot pink color of this one from Anthropologie:
Or the unique design of this gold brass version from Forzieri Italia hand-crafted in Italy:
Frost yourself in crystals with this bracelet from J.Crew’s collection:
Or this cuff by Reverie that incorporates a pop of turquoise:
Choose some killer shoes:
The right footwear is key when dressing up a Little Black Dress. You can take it edgy with a pair of ankle booties, rock some foot bling with a little glitter, keep it classy with a simple pump, or get a little wild with the addition of animal print or a bright hue.
And finally, keep all of your valuables secure in a festive clutch:
The nature-inspired accents of this clutch from Anthropologie make it a little funky, but its rich gold tone still leaves it sophisticated enough for an evening out:
This hot pink version from Valentino offers the perfect pop of color and the bow detail is fun and girly:
And with silver and red sequins adorning this option from Deux Lux, it is the perfect way to incorporate a little of the holiday color palette into your wardrobe this season:
As we move into the season of gingerbread, twinkly lights and pine, breathe new life into your favorite Little Black Dress with a few season-inspired accessories. But keep in mind, less is always more , so opt for only one or two of the above listed options at a time.
Besides, too many accessories all at once could take away from the best accessories of them all -a gorgeous smile and a confidence like Audrey Hepburn herself! So happy accessorizing, ladies!