Almost everyone owns a black dress. It is always chic and looks great, but some of us may get tired of wearing this same old dress to event after event. Instead of just buying another dress, you should consider revitalizing it with simple accessories!
Sprucing up even the plainest black dress should be no problem after reading some of these tips!
Low on accessories? Try this!
If you don’t have too many accessories, try doing something creative with your hair! Braids are beautiful and in this year. You can take this as far as you want. To keep it simple, just add a little braid at the beginning of a hair line of a side part, or two braids on a middle part, then either leave it or pull it back in a bun. You could also crimp your hair or do unusual waves. My all time favorite thing to do is simply to put a flower behind the ear. It could be a fresh flower or a fake attached to a bobby pin (try this site http://store.latebloomerboutique.com) everyone will be focusing on your hair, they will forget that you are wearing a simple black dress!
Try a Belt!
The belt is the most under-estimated accessory, but it changes everything! A very plain dress that looks okay can turn into sultry and sexy outfit! Belts define the waist and give a woman a nice shape. Adding a belt is the easiest and best way to update a dress while becoming even more flattering. If you tend to be on the heavier side or have an undefined waistline, try a wide belt; otherwise, any would work. Try a belt that is not black to look shapelier. A red, silver or a white belt would be wonderful. You could even try to match your belt to your shoes if so desired.
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
Another way to go from boring to stylish is to get some amazing shoes. Shoes with interesting details and preferably some color besides black (though black could work with the right design). Strappy sandals, mules, or lace up heels would bring life and style to your look. To take it further, look for details such as feathers, gems, buckles, or bows. Look for colors and patterns such as stripes and checkers.
Shawls, Scarves, and Cardigans
Try a shawl, a scarf or a small cardigan to transform a bland black dress into something much fancier. Shawls always add elegance and sophistication to any outfit. It is important that shawls and scarves should be of high quality. A beautiful silk or woven shawl/scarf with a bold color or interesting pattern would be perfect for that black dress.
If you want low maintenance style, wear a lightweight short-sleeved (or long-sleeved if it is cold) cardigan, preferably cashmere, cotton or lace. There are many styles to choose form including a wrap shirt. The wrap tops are especially beautiful with a dress!
Jewelry and Bags
Last but not least, add earrings, necklace, bracelet and a beautiful bag to a dress to transform it to fabulous! If the dress has a high neckline, skip the necklace and wear earrings with as much detail as you want. Chandelier earrings are always great with a black dress! If you do wear a necklace, try wearing colorful stones such as coral and turquoise. Pearls are ok, but it is too expected; try something new!
If you want more jewelry try a bracelet or even an arm band. I like cuff bracelets but you definitely can do much subtler ones. Adding Color is refreshing.
To top it all off, choose an evening purse/bag or a clutch. I love ethnic prints like these bags by Coleccion Luna (www.coleccionluna.com). Details such as hand paintings, stones, crocheting, and beads are a must and pay attention to the fabric! If you do opt for a simple bag, get high quality fabric such as satin and silk.
With these simple adjustments, you will look fresh and gorgeous!