Chic and sophisticated women know that there is nothing basic about black.
That’s why the little black evening dress is one of the most important items in the well-dressed woman’s wardrobe.
Introduced in the ’20s by Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, the little black dress remains elegant, classic and chic.
To add understated glamour to your black evening dresses requires a few expert fashion tricks, imagination and a little sparkle around the wrists and neckline .
Add sparkle with a brooch.
A piece of jewelry, whether real or costume, gives your black dress a special touch of shine and splendor for evening.
Whether attached to your waist on a thin ribbon belt, or pinned near your shoulder, an ornate or antique sparkly bauble adds that special touch of magic to the most sophisticated evening dresses.
Use outrageous retro details to balance the simplicity of your favorite black dress.
Wrap your wrists with 5 to 6 strands of pearls.
Choose large-scale antique pieces like bakelite bangles, rhinestone necklaces and super-sized cocktail rings from your grandmother’s jewelry box. These glam pieces give your black evening dresses the “wow” effect.
Drape your fashionable dress with colorful pearls.
Nothing says instant glamour like a luxe strand of pearls. As a small symbol of timeless style and elegance, the pink, blue or creamy white hue of your best strands of pearls will shine brightly against the dark hue of your favorite black evening dresses.
Add a few signature accessories for special events.
When dressing for evening, or even a last-minute dinner with friends, grab your gold-tone and silver fashion trimmings to spice up a strapless black dress.
A sky-high pair of strappy sandals, silver chunky bangles and a small satin clutch purse are small special touches that will convert even the most simple little black dress from daytime to nighttime instantly.
No need to call the pros — or high an expensive glam squad. With these tips you can add a modern edge to your dress by accessorizing your own little black evening dress to perfection.