red lip and LBD

Ahh, the timeless little black dress. Every girl owns at least one of these, if not 2 or 3. I have like, 7. Black always works. You can get away with wearing a black dress to any single event on the planet, honestly, and it will be appropriate, I guarantee it. Black is slimming and flattering for every body type. That being said, another fun thing about little black dresses is that there?s a million different possibilities for accessorizing because everything matches black! You can go for an incredibly bold statement by wearing bright red pumps, keep it classy by sticking with fine silver jewelry, or make it edgy by throwing on a leather motorcycle jacket and some ankle boots.

red lip and LBD

Little black dress against a red lip via Flickr

Now, say you have an event coming up or you are heading out for a night on the town with the girls and you own nothing but a boring simple black dress. You still want to stand out and look different without breaking the bank and buying an entirely new dress.

It IS possible! I took one of my simple black dresses and went through all of my accessories and put together a few entirely different looks. See below to see my examples. Note: I am by no means rich and do not own brand named jewelry and accessories?I buy stylish stuff at affordable prices and almost all of my jewelry is costume jewelry. So if I can spice up a LBD with a budget so can you!

The little black dress:

LBD Look #1: Rocker Chic

Add a motorcycle jacket, studded belt, bad ass dominatrix looking shoes, some hot red lips, and you?re little black dress just got edgy.

LBD Look #2: Classic Cocktail Cutie

Add a colorful but tasteful necklace as a focal point, a bold yet dainty ring, and some pretty pink heels and you?re LBD is appropriate for any upscale event without being boring.

LBD Look #3: Glam Shabam! Diva

Whip out your shiniest gold shoes, dangly earrings and sparkly purse and add instant diva status to your LBD. Add va-va-voom volume to your hair or pull your hair back into a slick pony and people will mistake you for Beyonce all night.

LBD Look #4: Tough Chic/Casual Chic

Throw on a boyfriend tee under your LBD, hair in a pony, some bangles and your coolest snooties aka sneaker boots (see earlier post Bootie + Sneaker = Snootie) and people will know not to mess with you. If your LBD is snug enough, with not too much fabric that can be seen through a shirt, put the shirt over your dress so it becomes a skirt and the look becomes more casual.

LBD Look #5: Business Chic

Cover those sexy shoulders with a nice button up top, add a chunky or thin belt, (either will do), put the hair up in a ballerina bun, wrap a long pearl or beaded necklace around your neck 2 or 3 times (be careful it doesn?t choke you!) and add tasteful fishnet or tattoo stockings (or go without) for a stylish yet appropriate office look. No one will know this look started with just a LBD!

LBD Look #6: La Romantica

Got a cute rosy printed sweater? Try to find one that is off the shoulder or doesn?t have fully long sleeves for a sexier look that?s not too bulky. Add those pretty pink shoes & some pink lips and the boys will fall in love.