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