How to Style a Black Dress for Every Event This Holiday Season

As if the holidays don’t add enough to your plate—travel, hosting, shopping for gifts—they also come with ample invitations, which require, well, the same ample amount of outfits. But don’t despair (or break out the credit card). All you need is a trusty Little Black Dress (maybe even one you already own) and a few accessories to see you through the season—and its many dress codes.

For a just-right Thanksgiving outfit (one that looks pulled-together but is also comfortable enough for travel or hosting duties), wrap up in a pretty printed serape that works indoors and out. Pro tip: A stretchy belt prevents you from having to constantly readjust your wrap, but also leaves room for second helpings. Flat, over-the-knee boots add an on-trend element without getting in the way.

For the office holiday party, a few accessories go a long way. You probably already have a black sheath in your work-wear rotation—the good news is that it’s the ultimate desk-to-drinks piece. Keep it corporate for day with nude pumps and a blazer, then switch to kickier heels and add an eye-catching necklace before heading off to catch up with your colleagues over cocktails.

And finally, don’t think you need to go glittery for New Year’s Eve—you can still steal the show without a single sequin. The trick is to really up the ante on your accouterment: high wattage heels, a statement wrap, and jewelry that shines will do the trick (tiara optional).

(Want to shop the looks? Black dress, Ann Taylor. Casual Thanksgiving: Wrap, similar styles available at TJMaxx.com. Boots, aldoshoes.com. Bag, anntaylor.com. Office Holiday Party: Shoes, zappos.com.  Necklace, stelladot.com. Clutch, urbanexpressions.net.  Earrings, similar styles available at rjgraziano.com. New Year’s Eve: Shoes, zappos.com. Earrings and bracelets, similar styles available at rjgraziano.com. Clutch, similar style available at shoptiques.com. Wrap, similar styles available at amazon.com. Tiara, jcrew.com.