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How to Accessorize a Little Black Dress For Every Occasion

The LBD really is one of the most versatile pieces in your closet.

We hear all the time that everyone needs a little black dress—an LBD, if you will—as a mainstay in their closet. But what exactly do you do with it? You'll always look striking and classic in the simply sleek dress and a pair of heels, but sometimes you just need to shake up the ordinary.

The brilliance of the LBD is its versatility, and that adaptability comes down to the accessories. By thinking outside the box when it comes to what you pair with this beautiful black canvas, you can switch up your look for every season and extend the lifespan of your dress.

With summer in high gear, you'll probably be attending more casual events. Stiff black may not seem intuitive for the easy, breezy feel of the season—no one wants to look stuffy! But we've crafted three standout looks with three different LBDs, perfect for whatever mood you're in.


The kimono is everywhere, and there's nothing wrong with reveling in summer trend! To really add an element of surprise to a classic and structured LBD, try layering a thin, silky kimono over the dress, then clasp a belt over both to highlight your figure beneath the layers. This is a great example of pairing structured pieces with soft and ethereal fabrics. You can dress up the eclectic look with gold tassel earrings, a gold pineapple clutch, and strappy leopard print sandals in a not-too-high heel.

1. Oasis / 2. Oasis / 3. DSW / 4. Topshop / 5. J.Crew  /  Dress - Nic + Zoe


This darling high-neck midi-dress from Oasis has a 1940s retro feel, which lays beautifully against most shapes because it's slightly gathered around the hips. Adding hot colors like coral and tangerine instantly make this demure number übertrendy, modern, and ready for a summer soiree. A long statement necklace paired against a high-necked dress elongates your form and adds interest to the seemingly plain look. And the sling-back pumps are just too fun not to wear.

1. H&M / 2. Zara / 3. Scotch and Soda / 4. Guess / 5. Oasis


So this may not technically be a little black dress, but a comfy black maxi dress is wonderfully useful throughout the year, dressed up or down. Here, we're dressing this Target version down with a trendy denim vest and (gasp!) mixing in a lot of brown—yes, you can do it! A thick and rugged brown leather belt cinches your waist so the dress falls beautifully on your form. The denim vest adds some much-needed structure to the look. A structured vest or jacket on top of the breezy dress accentuates your silhouette by creating a definite line, which draws the eyes up towards your face. Like the kimono in look one, it's all about balance!

1. Zatchels / 2. DSW / 3. Mango / 4. Anthropologie / 5. Sole Society / 6. Target