Short Dresses in Black
3 Ways to Liven Up and Layer Up Your LBD
The LBD needs no introduction. It’s a closet classic, and rightfully so. Effortlessly elegant, this easy to wear all-in-one outfit is slimming, sexy and versatile. What more is there say? Pair it with pearls and pumps and channel your inner Audrey? Maybe punk-it up with safety pins like Liz? We’ve been there, done that. But before you brush off your LBD as blasé, consider livening it up when you start layering in new ways.
All Black Everything
What does your average New Yorker and gothic girls have in common? The style agility to go head-to-toe in solid black. While wearing a single color might seem like a cinch, it can actually be hard to pull off. From inky blacks with hues of blue that fade into shades of charcoal, not all blacks match and even if they do, what’s the fun in that? For a look that is polished and pulled together, pull contrasting textures into your black dress. A snakeskin purse, fur stole and a tweed coat might feel like textile overkill but when they are all black it’s more than just alright, it really works.
Pair it Over Pants
With its daringly high hemline and its classically sexy color an LBD is the epitome of a party dress. But that doesn’t mean you should banish it to live exclusively in the dark corners of a club. Let it see the light of day when you style it as a shirt over a slim pair of pants. The second skin fit of leather leggings is always a safe bet, but consider ripped up denim for added edge.
From the high-neckline of a shift dress to a strapless sweet-heart style, layering under an LBD is easy. Take a risque dress to a new level of refinement when you layer it over a crisp, fitted button down. A long sleeved shirt will look best with strapless dresses and cap sleeves, while other styles will benefit from a sleeveless shirt that only contributes a collar to the ensemble. Complete a ladylike look with a knee-grazing coat and kitten heels or toughen it up with a moto jacket and bold red lipstick.
Is your short black dress starting to feel boring? Breathe new life into this basic with fresh ways to layer it up.