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;
Regent Blazer, $198;
Natural Swirl Silk Square Scarf, $99;
James Avery Cascading Circles Ear Statement Hooks, $160;
The Longitude Tote, $245;
Hanes Hosiery Micro Rib Tight, $10;
The Lizzy Boot, $268;

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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;
Wide Feather Belt, $119;
Nina Zayna Earrings, from $35;
Elizabeth and James Ring Handle Soft Pouch, $59;
Marc Fisher LTD Zala Block Heel, $160;

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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;
Women's Cable Knit Winter Beanie Hat, $35;
See 8155 Sunglasses (similar to shown), $149;
Glorey Sneakers, $110;