One Piece, Five Ways: The Little Black Dress

Liz Doupnik
One Piece, Five Ways: The Little Black Dress
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The little black dress: Often preached as the most necessary closet staple, it’s easy to become frustrated when considering different ways to wear such a simple item. You’ve purchased this must-have, now what? With that in mind, we created five key outfits for various activities while sticking to some of the season’s biggest trends.

Read on to see various ways to make the most out of your little black dress with our easy how-to suggestions.

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Gussied-Up Girly: Heading out for a fancy night out? We love dramatic capes and accessories to offset this simple staple to curate a new sort of unassuming elegance.

Mango Jacquard Full Dress, $99.99; at Mango; BQueen Dermal Ultra Steel Ankle Boots, $129; at In Dress Me; Multi-Strand Retro Glam Torsade Necklace, $168; at Chloe + Isabel; House of Harlow Rey Velvet Pouch, $158; at Nordstrom; Adding Awe Stole, $59.99; at ModCloth; Luisa Cape, $346.50; at Tory Burch; Glives, $168; at Diesel

Subtly Seventies: Plop on your wide-brim hat and layer a warm turtleneck underneath the dress to create a jumper look. Finish it off with patterned tights and cute heels for good measure.

Jacquard Full Dress, $99.99; at Mango; Merino Turtleneck Sweater, $49.99; at J.Crew; Marc by Marc Jacobs Werdie Top Handle Messenger, $498; at Piperlime; Banded Floppy Brim Hat, $58; at Armani Exchange; Pour La Victoire Isla Wooden Heel Loafer, $122.50; at eBay

Preppy Tomboy Chic: Play with masculine elements like sharp collars and blazers to infuse a new sense of cool into your outfit.

Over The Knee Socks, $5.80; at Go Jane; Mango Jacquard Full Dress, $99.99; at Mango; Detachable Collar, $19.20; at Shop Akira; Normandy Park Dot Bag, $298; at Kate Spade; House of Harlow Rachel Round-Frame Snakeskin Acetate Sunglasses, $97.50; at the Outnet; Cheap Monday Form Oxford, $119; at Dear Fieldbinder; Schoolboy Blazer In Velvet, $99.99; at J.Crew; Cozy And Effect Scarf In Obsidian, $29.99; at ModCloth

Professional Pretty: Your office attire doesn't have to be a yawn. By experimenting with texture, print, and color even the most boring business meetings can be fun.

Mango Jacquard Full Dress, $99.99; at Mango; MICHAEL Michael Kors Emory Suede And Wooden Wedge Ankle Boots, $225; at Net-A-Porter; Twinkle Me Lurex Snood, $68; at French Connection; Newsgirl Hat, $38; at Vera Bradley; Sleek Modern Sling, $370; at Karen Millen; Commes Des Garcons Play Top Dyed Sweater, $378; at Far Fetch

Downtown Cool: Even if you don't live in the Lower East Side, you can still totally look like it. Layer a high-collar blouse under the dress for that jumper vibe again, but this time throw over a trusty motorcycle jacket and flat monk shoes to play with juxtaposition.

Mango Jacquard Full Dress, $99.99; at Mango; Annette Women's Cat Eye Sunglasses, $14; at OC Shades; Etro Sand And Silk Top, $252; at StyleBop; Savile Row Double Monk Slip-On, $149.95; at DSW; Miaaw Shopper, $118; at Irregular Choice; Wool Biker Jacket, 198; at Madewell

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