Dress up a basic black dress with eye-catching accessories, fashionable shoes or a fitted jacket. You can create a formal, elegant look with one statement-making piece or produce a sophisticated style by combining several different accessories.
Pay attention to the cut, length and style of your dress as you decide how to dress up your attire. Medium-length, chunky necklaces pair well with a scoop-neck or V-neck dress, while long, beaded necklaces complement a high-necked dress. Choose simple accessories, such as a pearl necklace or a silver chain, if your dress has sequins, lace or fringe so that your accessories do not overpower your ensemble.
Stay warm while portraying a polished, pulled-together look by covering up with a fitted blazer, cashmere cardigan or silk shawl. Keep things classy yet contemporary by incorporating one bold color into your ensemble, such as red or purple, with heels, a belt or a handbag in this color.
Cosmetics can also transform a traditional black dress into a tasteful, attractive piece. Consider wearing red lipstick and shimmery eyeshadow, or apply black liner to the top and bottom of each eye, and coat your lips with a nude gloss. Pull your hair into a sleek chignon, or let thick, shiny curls cascade over your shoulders.