Get ideas on how to accessorize a black dress for a formal event with my contemporary, chic yet very wearable outfit. You’ll never have to worry about dressing up a plain black dress for a party!

Hey gorgeous! Every girl needs to know how to style some basic outfits, and a black dress or top are such types of clothes. Wanna know how to accessorize a black dress for a formal event?

Well actually, they’re also some of the easiest to accessorize. Black and white both provide a blank canvas on which both metallic as well as colored accessories work great. And, you can even go for multicolored accessories. However, if you wanna keep it safe and simple, add a classic touch with a pearl necklace, black box clutch, black pumps and you’ll never go wrong.

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Finish off the look with straightened hair or loose curls. To accessorize more, you can also wear a hair accessory like a black flower pin, pearl hair pins or a white brooch.


Makeup for Black Dress for a Formal Party

With a classic look, it’s best to keep your makeup glam yet subtle for a formal party. Go for a coral lipstick, light red, or pink shades. Add winged eyeliner over a smooth base and minimal blush. For a sexy party look, you can add glitter eyeshadow. However, for making it glam yet wearable, you can add just highlighter on your cheekbones, and go for shimmery metallic eyeshadow in gold or copper tones. You can also wear a black and pale gold smokey eye.

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email