Everyone knows that all women should own at least one, little black dress. Some women own a few black dresses. While black dresses are practical and yes, do help you look slimmer one cannot deny there is one major flaw with them; they are plain. If plain itself wasn’t enough of a problem, they are also colorless. What is a woman to do? She finds one, or a few, great black dresses that flatter her figure and now she is stuck with a drab, colorless, plain dress. Let’s face it, looking slimmer isn’t everything. Women also want to feel great about what they are wearing. So how does one dress up that plain black dress?
There are several ways to dress a black dress up. Before you decide to dress up that dress you need to decide where you are going in the black dress. What sort of function are you going to wearing this dress? How you are going to dress up or accessorize your black dress is heavily dependant on where you are going to, what type of function you are going to attend, the dress code for said function and perhaps most importantly the cut and material of the dress.
My first suggestion for dressing up your black dress is the simplest one. Going out on a first date, going out with some friends, a backyard barbeque, or some other type of casual function. This is easy because it does not require any special cut or material. In fact a simple cotton dress works best in these situations. It can have sleeves, be sleeveless or even strapless; the key to these dresses is for them to be comfortable. In a situation like this the key to dressing up the dress is all about color. Make your accessories colorful. The first thing to know is, if possible try not to wear black shoes. Experiment with colorful shoes. In a casual situation, you have the most freedom so use it. Pick an exotic color for your shoes; try lime green, turquoise, orange, purple, magenta, or any other color you like. The beauty of it is that black blends in with any color. One fun way to do this if you don’t want to commit to any one color is to take a colorful scarf or sash with many color, my favorite is to pick a fun 70’s inspired print. If you are using a scarf, fold the scar in half and make a flat sash out of it, tie the two ends together and make a headband out of it. If you have a long scarf or sash tie it around you waist and use it as a belt. Now take fun looking earrings in the colors of the sash or scarf, and pick a fun looking and interesting colored bag. This is a fun way spruce up a simple black dress for a casual occasion
For a more sophisticated or formal occasion the fix is almost as simple. Unlike for a casual occasion, this time I would suggest black shoes or mostly black shoes. For formal occasions they key is not many color or bright colors, but more about elegance. Tone down on colors and instead focus on simple beauty. White is an excellent color to pair with black for these formal occasions. A white sash or belt around the waist is an excellent touch. Black and white shoes are also a great way to dress up your black dress. The piece de resistance however, should be the jewelry you choose to wear. Never underestimate the power of pearl earrings with a matching pearl necklace. This is a stunning touch to even the simplest cut black dress. Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend, especially if she is wearing a black dress. The sparkling quality that diamonds possesses the power to make even the plainest dress seem like something to be seen on the red carpets of Hollywood. Silver or white gold should be the settings and chains you should be using. Using silver or white gold places such a subtle, yet elegant touch to any dress. So whether you are wearing it to work or to a black tie affair silver or white gold should be the metals of choice and simple pearls or diamonds are the way to go. Though don’t overlook the power of small simple jewels.
Know where you are going and never fear to wear you little black dress, since there is always a way to dress it up. Whether you are going casual or up t the nines, never underestimate the power of simple accessories.
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