3 Fresh Ways to Style a Little Black Dress

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

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Start with the dress... and add a jacket and scarf

Styling a Little Black Dress: Jacket and Scarf
Brian Henn

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.

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...Add a sheet top and a belt

Styling a Little Black Dress: Sheet Top and Belt
Brian Henn

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

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...Add a sweatshirt and sneakers

Styling a Little Black Dress: Sweatshirt and Sneakers
Brian Henn

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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