Iconic piece revealed by Gabrielle Chanel (known as Coco) in the 1920s, the famous little black dress has established itself as the absolute must-have in women's wardrobes. Glamorous, classic, original or dressy, in the evening, at the office or relaxing, this timeless dress adapts to all situations... In short, it's your BFF, your Best Friend Forever . The one who will always be there for you and whom you will always find with pleasure. Provided you choose your black dress well. How to wear the little black dress with style? How to illuminate it, sublimate it and adopt a successful look with this key piece of fashion? We tell you everything you need to know about the little black dress .
1. Choose a black dress with an understated cut
The best strength of the black dress lies in a sober and elegant cut. Above all, it must not suffocate under frills, showy buttons, imposing collars, etc. Likewise, steer clear of synthetic materials and so-called “trendy” cuts that quickly go out of fashion. Opt for simplicity and fluidity. “ Less is more”, right?
Glamorous Pencil Black Dress - Les Petits Imprimers
Easier to accessorize, the sober cut allows you to afford a beautiful material, and even a designer dress (wow, madness!). It is important to invest in a timeless black dress and to choose a noble fabric with a perfect fit.
Seductress black dress with slits - Les Petits Imprimers
Classic, straight, skater, pleated or trapeze, the black dress adapts to all circumstances. Black evening dress or chic little black dress for an outing with the girls, with Bardot neckline, Peter Pan collar or sexy V neckline, the black dress deploys treasures of imagination to never get bored. Not to mention the sleeves: straps, short sleeves, ¾ sleeves and long sleeves give rhythm to the classic black dress.
Working girl black dress with vertical stripes - Les Petits Imprimers
The secret to choosing the right black dress? Opt for a cut adapted to your morphology, your lifestyle and your personality. Short or long, tight or loose, casual or dressy... Everything is possible! Good news: the black dress is suitable for both short and tall women, slim and tall women.
Long Sensual Black Dress - Les Petits Imprimers
Once you master the basic black dress, you can move on to sophistication and originality. Bet on lace in a soft version, on discreet tulle yokes and on delicate details such as small shiny buttons or a few well-dosed rhinestones.
2. Accessorize a black dress
Your black dress is chic, sober and elegant, but… black hardens the features of the face and creates an expression of sadness and anger. To avoid giving this bad impression, energize and personalize your little black dress by betting on beautiful accessories, especially jewelry . Here are some tips to bring light to your face and enhance your look:
- The bib necklace lights up a round neck, a boat neck or a shirt collar;
- The fine and light jumper awakens flowing black dresses, V-necks and U-necks;
- Opt for luminous jewelry: colorful or shiny metallic, but also pearly or pastel.
A delicate rose gold pastel adornment illuminates the little black dress (bracelet and necklace) - Les Petits Printed
- A sophisticated and/or voluminous black dress will rather prefer a pretty pair of earrings matched with a delicate bracelet and a ring;
- Last idea but not least: a pretty shiny, flowery or rhinestone brooch.
Cloud and pearl rain earrings - Les Petits Imprimers
Depending on the occasion, accessorize your black dress with fine, understated jewelry for a formal event and at work. On the other hand, you can afford more bling jewelry in the darkness of an evening party.
Of course, the black dress is the ideal evening wear for parties or on the occasion of a New Year's Eve . For a chill day, a restaurant or an outing with the girls, more imposing and colorful jewelry can be used and highlight this playful moment.
3. The ideal shoes with a black dress
If there is a combination to avoid, it is the black dress matched with black shoes. Elegant in theory, this outfit returns a flat look without personality. Break the monotony with camel sandals or white trainers for a casual outing.
Casual look: little black dress and camel ankle boots (Pinterest)
In the evening, energize your little black dress with metallic sandals in summer or dark ankle boots in winter (but not black beware!), fir green, navy blue, chic burgundy, etc.
Look idea: Black dress and silver sandals (Pinterest)
Are you a pump and stiletto addict? Great, have fun with bright colors like coral or pretty prints (animal, houndstooth and tartan are just in fashion this season).
A little trick to lengthen your legs (and your entire figure) without worrying about color: nude or tone-on-tone shoes with your skin tone. On the other hand, impeccably cleaned and well-maintained quality leather remains a must to refine your legs to the maximum.
4. What about tights with a black dress?
Of course, the gams take the sun in summer. But what tights to wear with a black dress in winter? The best choice is without a doubt the couture black tinted thin nylon tights. The plain suits very well but it is also the perfect occasion to day with fancy patterns to bring a bit of character to your look.
Are you a little chilly? Venture towards lace tights with a delicate pattern. Warm without being plain, it brings a touch of lightness without revealing anything. Smart, the lace tights...
Delicate patterned lace tights (available in 5 colors) - Les Petits Imprimers
Above all, avoid black or colored opaque tights with the black dress: they weigh down the silhouette by creating a massive block instead of lightening your look (it's even worse if it's black).
5. Impeccable makeup!
You already know it: the black color of your dress hardens the features of your face, but also wrinkles, dark circles and bags under the eyes (to make matters worse).
To avoid inspiring depression, you absolutely must reveal your best features with flawless makeup . A little tip: do your make-up after you've dressed and styled your hair, already wearing your jewelry to properly dose your make-up.
Impeccable make-up, the essential for a radiantly fresh face
So take your time preparing for a flawless complexion. Concealer, illuminator, fixing base and clear eye shadow are your best allies to illuminate your face.
Then work on your look well with a controlled make-up like a smocky eye. Above all, we do not forget the point of white in the inner corner of the eye to enlarge the look.
A touch of pink or orange blush on the top of the cheekbones gives an immediate healthy glow effect. To finish, delicately hem your mouth with a beautiful long-lasting velvet effect lipstick. There, you are sublime in a little black dress !
Wear the little black dress with style: it's up to you to dare!
Wearing a black dress is always a good idea. Well chosen according to your morphology, in a noble material with a sober cut, you have just . You still have to know how to accessorize it according to the occasion, your style and your personality. Now you know what jewelry to wear with a black dress depending on the circumstances.
Never forget: chic and elegance reside in the small details. To modernize a little black dress , there's nothing like shoes in contrasting style and color, flawless bright makeup and bright and colorful jewelry.
Now, it's your turn to play ! Dare the (good) accessories and have fun, beauties!