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6 Ways to give your little black dress a facelift

Catherine Donaldson-Evans

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Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Catherine Donaldson-Evans is a journalist, mom, and Wonder Woman wannabe. Most recently, she was senior lifestyle editor and blogger at CafeMom’s The Stir and has written for numerous other publications during her career. She also chases...

Fashionable ways to give your little black dress an easy makeover

It's that magical time of year — time to whip out your little black dress and hit all those holiday parties you've been invited to. But you've been wearing the same old, same old for ages and don't have the extra cash to plunk down for a new dress.

So how can you make what's old new again? Take these tips from those in the know.

1. Pair your little black dress with a leather jacket

London style blogger Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now loves her leather and rarely leaves home without it, even when there's a fancy holiday cocktail dress involved. Try draping a fun, colorful leather jacket over your LBD for a fresh, hip look. If you're feeling really adventurous, add some black sequins to your dress's neckline and sew a bit of black fabric that hangs below the hemline on one side for a trendy, asymmetrical cut.

Fashionable ways to give your little black dress an easy makeover

Photo credit: Fashion Me Now

2. Throw a vest over your little black dress

Wear it with big sunglasses and a handbag, chunky jewelry and strappy sandals. That's what New York blogger Kat Tanita of With Love From Kat did to perk up this pretty-but-basic strapless black dress. It's a great get-up that translates well from work to cocktails afterwards. Perfect for an office holiday party or other festive fete where you won't have much time to change.

Fashionable ways to give your little black dress an easy makeover

Photo credit: With Love From Kat

3. Give your little black dress shape and contrast with a belt

Jessica Quirk of the popular fashion blog What I Wore got daring and chose a light brown leather belt to go with this poofy-sleeved, patterned LBD. Throw on a matching bag, opaque black tights and lace-up heels or ankle boots and you're done!

Fashionable ways to give your little black dress an easy makeover

Photo credit: What I Wore

4. Add flair to a simple black dress with a capeletand bright tights

You can't do a style makeover story without checking in with the lovely and talented Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. And she doesn't disappoint on suggestions for freshening up your LBD. One idea she has: adding bold pops of texture and color with this knitted gray capelet and bright blue knee-high socks, which she wears with chunky black heels. Throw your hair in a messy side bun to complete the look. Edgy but stylish. Love!

Fashionable ways to give your little black dress an easy makeover

Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere

5. Glam up your LBD with gold

Whether it's gold jewelry, a belt, beading or big sequins like these, a little gold can go a long way in sprucing up the black dress you've worn to death. Though this one on Mary Seng of Happily Grey came with the gold sequins, you can buy them in fabric stores and sew or glue them on yourself. Complete the look with a big wool overcoat, black tights, a bright red or gold cross-body bag and a ponytail, and you've got a brand new style for any holiday event on your calendar.

Fashionable ways to give your little black dress an easy makeover

Photo credit: John Hillin via Happily Grey

6. Accessorize with a sleek black cap and funky pullover top

That's just what fashion blogger Ania Boniecka of Ania B did to revitalize her froofy little black dress, and the effect is stunning — a mix of urban chic and dressy casual all in one. It's so out-of-the-box, it's sure to wow the guests at any holiday party — trust us.

Fashionable ways to give your little black dress an easy makeover

Photo credit: Ania B

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