Since Coco Chanel introduced the little black dress to Every Woman’s wardrobe in the 1920s, it has never fallen out of favor. Ubiquitous enough to have it’s own acronym, the LBD is the go-to garment for the bistro lunch, the black tie gala, and everything in between. Making it a one-dress-fits-all-occasions is a simple matter of accessories.
For a look as timeless as the dress itself, pull out your pearls. With round-toe shoes – perhaps even white satin gloves or a hat — the style is soft, romantic, Hepburnesque. Replace the hat and gloves with a wrap, and you’re ready for evening. White-and-black jewelry with a matching bag is classic and chic.
Evening events with more panache require more pizzazz. Diamonds are a safe and über-elegant choice. The soaring popularity of fashion collar chains in a woven gold that looks almost like fabric affords myriad ways to showcase your personal style. Match a classic diamond necklace with a silk wrap and shoes for a playful look. With smaller earwear, you can add either a necklace (be sure it complements the neckline of the dress) or a brooch.
Matching pieces will always convey a touch of class, but big, chunky pieces are fun, hip and dazzling against a black backdrop. Bangles, big beads, and jeweled hairbands or handbags are all fair game. Match bold jewelry with bold shoes – or even boots — and you’ve just taken your little black dress from proper to party. When putting together your perfect LBD look, the most important thing is balance. Wear one attention-getting piece of jewelry, not three. If you’re wearing classic, refined pieces, make sure your shoes are classic and refined as well. Make color an accent, not a collage. Most of all, have fun. Use your little black dress as a canvas for your visual experiments, and you’re sure to get it just right every time.