That staple in your closet is more versatile than you think—here’s how to style a little black dress for any occasion.

By Flavia Nunez
December 27, 2019
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Start with the dress... and add a jacket and scarf

Smart layering keeps you comfy and professional. A silk scarf adds polish, but if the office heat is blasting, tie it around the handle of your carry-all tote.

To buy: The Greenlay Dress, $295; mmlafleur.com.
Regent Blazer, $198; jcrew.com.
Natural Swirl Silk Square Scarf, $99; echonewyork.com.
James Avery Cascading Circles Ear Statement Hooks, $160; dillards.com.
The Longitude Tote, $245; awaytravel.com.
Hanes Hosiery Micro Rib Tight, $10; hanes.com.
The Lizzy Boot, $268; loyalfootwear.com.

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...Add a sheet top and a belt

Your basic LBD goes semiformal when you wear a sheer blouse underneath and incorporate sparkly details, like a feathery belt and glitter-laden shoes.

To buy: Blouse K021, $48; oakandfort.com.
Wide Feather Belt, $119; whbm.com.
Nina Zayna Earrings, from $35; nordstrom.com.
Elizabeth and James Ring Handle Soft Pouch, $59; kohls.com.
Marc Fisher LTD Zala Block Heel, $160; marcfisherfootwear.com.

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...Add a sweatshirt and sneakers

Grab the dress instead of your jeans for a varsity-inspired weekend look. A lively beanie brings a pop of color.

To buy: Terry Chevron Hoodie, $168; torysport.com.
Women's Cable Knit Winter Beanie Hat, $35; landsend.com.
See 8155 Sunglasses (similar to shown), $149; seeeyewear.com.
Glorey Sneakers, $110; dillards.com.

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