How to Wear One Black Dress 6 Different Ways (No One Will Know!)
Everyone’s got that one dress in the closet – the go-to, the fail-safe, the blank canvas. For most, it’s a little black dress. But wearing the same thing can get boring, and lead to the age-old style rut. Luckily, there are tons of trendy, flirty, and super-cute ways to style an LBD for the gods this spring and summer — we’re talking seashell purses, gypsy earrings, and embellished jackets that would make Kanye jealous. Here’s how to wear one black dress six completely different ways, so that your inner alter-egos get a chance to come out and play. Trust us, no one will know you wore the same dress to dinner last weekend.
Channel your inner bohemian spirit with a bright tasseled handbag (Christophe Sauvat, $245) and some chunky earrings worthy of a gypsy queen (Dylanlex, $380). Slip into a pair of clogs (Sam Edelman, $95), perfect for hitting the streets on your next shopping extravaganza or dancing the night away. Top off your look with a middle part, slicked back into a low bun, a swipe of mascara and a bright red matte lip.
Want to fool strangers on the street into thinking you’re an Instagram-famous street style star? They’ll believe you in this getup — nothing says trendy chick in-the-know quite like an off-the-shoulder top (Ellery, $700) and bucket bag (Betsey Johnson, $56) combo. Pair with some simple, neutral heels (Sam Edelman, $130) to keep things looking relaxed.
Do you have a ballin pair of shoes (Alexander McQueen, $1460) that you can make the focal point of your LBD ensemble? Let those puppies shine, layering on a simple, light jacket (H&M, $49.99) for when it gets chilly at night. Throw a funky structured handbag (Asos, $36) in the mix to up the fun factor.
You don’t need to be jetting off on vacation to look like you’re headed for the French Riviera. Throw on some low-heeled leather mules (Zara, $119), and pair with some festive island-vibing accessories. Trust me, you’ll have a great time in this outfit wherever you go. I mean, is it even possible to look at that pom-pom-covered bag (Muzungu Sisters, $370) and not smile? I didn’t think so. Rock a sleek deep side-part and tuck your hair behind the ears to show off those fiesta earrings (Katerina Makriyianni, $175).
If your signature style leans less towards ‘delicate flower’ and more towards ‘power player,’ this look is totally for you. Grab a badass bomber (French Connection, $398), preferably embellished in some cool way, and lace up some squeaky-clean white sneakers (Adidas, $80) on your feet. You’ll be comfy as hell and look good doing it.
What happens when you mix a Chrissy Teigen-inspired duster (Knot Sisters, $129) with some cowgirl accents? Pure magic. As if that bag (Valentino, $4445) isn’t giving me enough life with those turquoise accents, the black booties (Nasty Gal, $220) add the perfect touch of western influence to turn you into a modern-day, taxi-hailing urban cowgirl. Yeehaw!
If you can’t tell by now, it’s all about the details. Your LBD is your blank canvas, so layer away and let the magic happen — your friends will be none the wiser. Happy accessorizing!