3 Ways to Style 1 Little Black Dress So You Can Wear It All Season

Party Trick: 3 Ways to Style a Little Black Dress

‘Twas the start of the season, but she wasn’t stressed — though her schedule was crazy, she had the perfect dress. Swapping only her accessories, she’d wear it on repeat. Sound too good to be true? You’re in for a treat. 

Here are three foolproof ways to style one little black dress (feel free to substitute your favorite) so you can wear it to party after party.

The Dress

Little Black Dress: A.L.C. Fiona Crepe Long Sleeve Mini Dress

This gorgeous shift is eye-popping online and even better in person. The exaggerated, pleated shoulder creates a slim silhouette that flatters most body types, while gathered sleeves provide the perfect amount of non-matronly coverage, eliminating the need for fussy cardigans, shawls, and other winter toppers. The best part? Its sturdy crepe construction —  effortlessly opaque, easy to spot-treat on the fly, and resistant to wrinkles — means it photographs like a dream. Here, three festive ways to wear it. A.L.C. Fiona Crepe Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $445, Saks Fifth Avenue

Look 1

The Shoes

Little Black Dress: Sophia Webster Rosalind sandals

A shimmering stiletto heel and sleek ankle straps amp up the formality of this dress while making legs look impossibly long. Sophia Webster Rosalind Sandals, $501, Farfetch

The Jewelry

Little Black Dress: Bounkit Amethyst & Grey Mother of Pearl Ring

A unique and eye-catching cocktail bauble pulls this entire look together. For extra credit, keep the rest of your jewelry sleek and minimal — think gray pearl studs and a sleek bangle. Amethyst & Grey Mother Of Pearl Ring, $300, Bounkit

The Bag

Little Black Dress: Loeffler Randall Zadie Feather Circle Tote

Mint-hued, feather-embellished leather in an on-trend circle shape adds just the right amount of color and texture — plus a dash of editorial whimsy to boot. Zadie Feather Circle Tote, $350, Loeffler Randall

Look 2

The Shoes

Little Black Dress: Alexandre Birman Kittie Leopard Print Boots

Hit three of the season’s biggest trends — a cheetah print; a sleek, almond-shaped toe; and a comfortable kitten heel — in one chic shoe. Alexandre Birman Kittie Leopard Print Boots, $584, Farfetch

The Jewelry 

Little Black Dress: Lizzie Fortunato Modern Craft Earrings

If an outfit doesn’t feel quite ready to par-tay, tassel earrings that complement the colors of your kicks are the answer. Lizzie Fortunato Modern Craft Earrings, $195, SPACE 519

The Bag

Little Black Dress: Yuzefi Asher Small Leather Shoulder Bag

A shoulder bag that triples as a clutch and a cross-body and grounds the entire outfit with its smart gold hardware? Yes, please. Yuzefi Asher Small Leather Shoulder Bag, $450, Net-a-Porter

Look 3

The Shoes

Little Black Dress: Tamara Mellon Women's Black Lucent - Suede

Tall, slouchy boots give this dress a cool downtown vibe. Tamara Mellon Women’s Black Lucent – Suede, $995, Lyst

The Jewelry

Little Black Dress: Marie Laure Chamorel Necklace

A long necklace adds dimension, breaks up all that black, and softens what could otherwise be a super-intimidating look. Marie Laure Chamorel Necklace, $375, Elements

The Bag

Little Black Dress: Boyy Romeo Buckled Velvet and Leather Clutch

Burgundy velvet screams both holiday and sex appeal. Say no more. Boyy Romeo Buckled Velvet and Leather Clutch, $584.50, Net-a-Porter

Photos: Bounkit ring by Charles Derosa; Sophia Webster sandals by David Brook; all others courtesy of designers.

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