What to Wear with a Black Dress | 5 Casual LBD Outfit Ideas

A little black dress has been every girl’s wardrobe staple since the dawn of time. I would say the LBD became popular when Holly Golightly wore hers around town with pearl earrings and a large hat and whistled to stop a cab to the Sungsung prison in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I’m pretty sure it’s been around since way before that, even though I wasn’t around to testify back then.


The little black dress is so versatile. You can look extra hot wearing a backless one to a date, or look solemn wearing a classic knee-length one to a funeral, or even wear a silk fancy one to a gala! You can wear a sheath one to your office under a jacket, or a strapless floaty one on your vacation!


Audrey Hepburn may have stuck to the classics, pairing the black dress with multi-string necklaces and black pumps. Hell, she didn’t have to “stick to the classics”. She was “the classics”. But we girls wanna experiment more when it comes to the LBD. Because it’ll give a whole new look to your old outfit, giving you fresh ways to reuse it. Because it’s gonna be #ootd instagrammable. Because we wanna make a statement. And because we wanna have fun with it. And because, why not?!

So if you wanna wear your little black dress with a twist, there are so many ways to go about it. You could always wear a chic new black dress with embellishments or cut-outs or whatever, but if you wanna just wear your classic in a new way, the trick is to accessorize with something unexpected.

Here are five unusual things to pair with a little black dress, and make a statement!

#1: Big Exotic Statement Jewelry

Use the neutral color as a base, and top it off with a contrasting bright color, or some bling. Choose an exotic necklace, or find a single statement earring. Something that’s a conversation starter!


#2 Statement Belt

Statement belts are so trendy right now. Take a cue from Kendall Jenner who’s always pepping up her jeans with statement belts. So pick an interesting belt, perhaps a rope belt, or one with a knot, or a double buckle, or with a cool pattern.


#3 Bomber Jacket

Bomber jackets are making statements this season with novelty. We are loving sheer bomber jackets and statement jackets with fun prints. So wear one over your LBD for a chic twist!


#4 Sneakers: Black or White

Sneakers are very unusual for LBDs and are sure to make a statement. If you’re feeling extra ballsy, wear white sneakers and perhaps a cute white necklace to complete the look. If not, go for slim black sneakers.


#5 Socks & Stockings

Socks with an LBD? Yes, sure, why not?! Wear a neutral pair and then a cute pair of strappy heels. It’s a tricky pairing, so if you’re too afraid, wear over-the-knee sheer shimmery black ones with matching pumps.


So, I’m sure you’ve already tried wearing your little black dress the usual way, and already accessorized it with a pair of black pumps or a red lipstick. But I hope you found these ideas fresh and worth a try! If these were helpful, do try them, and add me @shilpaahujadotcom in your Instagram photo description, and I’ll “like” it! And if you want more tips on LBDs, comment below and lemme know!

Until then, check out my previous posts on LBDs:

What to Pair with a Black Sweater Dress: Casual Spring Outfit
How to Accessorize a Little Black Dress from Day to Night

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