The little black dress is known for its versatility, and by its very nature it can be worn in many forms for many functions, but it helps to know how to dress it up or down depending on occasion. Here are a few tips to help you dress down your little black dress so it can be worn on casual outings.
Provided the weather is appropriate, layering a jean jacket over the little black dress is a surefire quick way to dress it down.
In keeping with the jean jacket idea above, general overall layering will always help to dress down the little black dress. Try adding a cardigan or wearing a little T shirt or button down shirt underneath your little black dress (if the style of dress is suited to underneath layering of course).
An over-sized bag is a simple way to give your look an instant casual feel; try a large boho bag, straw summer bag, or leather slouch bag the next time you want to tone down your little black dress.
Ballet Flats and Flip Flops
Ballet flats can be casual or formal, but flats in general are more casual than heels. If you want to dress down your little black dress, forego the heels for a pair of flats instead.
During warm weather, you can take the casual look one step further by opting for a pair of flip flops instead of ballet flats.
Tights and Sometimes Leggings
Try some opaque tights to give the little black dress a casual vibe, you can even go with wild funky colors if you so choose; casual is all about fun, so enjoy it. Then you can add some Mary Janes or ballet flats to finish off the look.
If you happen to have the perfect style of little black dress (short, A-line, 60’s style dresses and tunic dresses tend to work best), you can put a pair of leggings underneath the little black dress and get a casual look.
Hats, when properly paired with the right style of dress can help to keep the little black dress casual; try a beret, bowler, page boy, or newsboy cap.
All of the tips above are simple tried and true methods for giving your little black dress a casual makeover, give them a try the next time you need a casual look.
If you’d like even more tips on how to change up the look of your little black dress, take a look at this article by Associated Content Contributor, Sophie S.
How to Makeover Your Little Black Dress