4 October 2012

15 ways to style a black dress

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I found the perfect black dress at SaveMart (a thrift store) and it only cost $12.99. It fits perfectly, is super comfortable and I knew it would be very versatile so I gleefully snapped it up when I found it.

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If there's one thing you should have in your wardrobe, it's a black dress. You can dress it up or down and wear it year round. Here are a few ways that you could style your plain black dress:

Coloured tights
If, like I am, you're a little nervous of sporting coloured tights then stick with darker shades - maroon, forest green, navy, or purple like I'm wearing here. I chose purple shoes to help elongate my legs and tied in the colour with a purple handbag and a floral scarf and bracelts with purple in them.
Tights: Number 1 Shoe Warehouse; Shoes: Lime from Next outlet; Bag: SaveMart; Bracelets: gift from my friend Rachel; Scarf: Primark


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Scarf and boots
Toffee coloured boots bring this dress into autumn. A matching belt and a soft scarf complete the look.
Boots: Clarks outlet; Scarf: can't remember; Belt: came with a dress from Tesco

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Touches of punk
Enjoy the punk trend by adding black leggings, black flat boots, and leather and spike bracelets, with a denim jacket. I only have riding style boots but biker boots would look awesome.
Boots: Clarks outlet; Leggings: Matalan; Leather bracelet: Cotton On; Spike bracelets: eBay; Denim jacket: SaveMart

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A pop of colour
The black is lifted by a pop of turquoise in necklace, ring and shoes.
Shoes: Asda; Ring: eBay; Necklace: eBay

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Fun coat
The black dress is a perfect background to this fun polka dot coat. Fishnet tights and black shoes complete the look.
Coat: SaveMart; Shoes: thrift store; Necklace: Accessorize outlet


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Lighten up for spring
A white cardigan, yellow belt and wedges bring this dress easily into spring. The belt-over-cardigan thing just looks wrong on me but if it works on you then I'd recommend wearing it that way.
Cardigan: Sainsbury's; Belt: eBay; Wedges: eBay
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Layer a blouse underneath
Adding a blouse underneath the dress creates a little interest at the neckline. The red belt and wedges tie in nicely.
Blouse: thrift store; Belt: Sainsbury's; Wedges: Asos

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Another spring look
The contrast of the black showing through the white of this crocheted cardigan really shows up the lacy pattern. Adding a pop of colour with necklace, bracelet and wedges keeps the look fun.
Cardigan: thrift store; Necklace: Clarks outlet; Bracelet: can't remember; Wedges: Number 1 Shoe Warehouse

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A touch of silver
Shine with silver in shoes, belt, bracelet and necklace.
Shoes: eBay; Belt: eBay; Bracelet: thrift store; Necklace: Next (gift from my friend Rachel)

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Casual in pink
A pink short-sleeved cardigan, ballet flats and bunting necklace keep this look casual.
Shoes: Tesco; Cardigan: eBay; Necklace: eBay

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Out on the town
Dress it up with sexy shoes, pretty jewellery and a pashmina (or, in this case, a scarf repurposed as a stole).
Shoes: Hannahs; Scarf: can't remember; Necklace and bracelet: Forever 21 (gift from my friend Leith)

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Casual and comfy
Another casual look with a short-sleeved cardigan, long necklace and black flats.
Cardigan: eBay; Necklace: gift from my friend Karen; Shoes: Brantano

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Psychedelic
Layer a fun 70's inspired chiffon blouse over the dress and add a belt. Team with boots for a look that screams autumn.
Boots: Clarks outlet; Necklace: can't remember; Belt: Matalan; Blouse: eBay




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Black and brown
Yes, you can mix black and brown together! Add a brown belt, chocolate corduroy blazer, brown tights and black shoes for a comfortable winter look.
Blazer: Next outlet; Belt: thrift store; Necklace: Accessorize outlet; Tights: Asda; Shoes: Shoe Market

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Keep it casual
A denim jacket, long necklace and wedges are enough to keep this dress casual.
Jacket: SaveMart; Necklace: gift from my friend Leith; Wedges: eBay



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And there you have it, 15 ways to style a black dress! And on a budget too - if you read the fine print you'll see that almost everything I wear is thrifted, on sale, from eBay or from outlet stores. There's no need to spend a lot when growing your wardrobe.

I hope this was helpful in some way. If there are any other items you'd like to see styled different ways, please let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do :)


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13 comments:

  1. Awwww, Jen, you are GORGEOUS! I totally loved this blog post and you look really well. Can't wait to see you xxx

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  2. They were some great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Best what to wear post ever!!! Loved it!!!

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  4. Best what to wear post ever!!! Loved it!!!

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  5. you are so trendy and cute! i love the dress with the denim jacket - lots of fun looks here - need to show my daughter :)

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  6. Love love LOVE this post! Especially like the looks where you've styled it with boots or denim. Awesome!

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  7. You have quite a flair for fashion. Very stylish and classic. Love the looks

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  8. Jen i have to say i love this post. You have inspired me to try to put/wear different items with my black dress. xx

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  9. This is great, Last year I participated in the October Dress Project. One dress worn ever day for ONE MONTH. NO SHOPPING allowed , you can only use things from your closet. it was loads of fun. Can't wait to do it again,You have great ideas, I'll share your site with some of the ODP ladies.

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  10. Love the shoe collection! So cute. I have to go GET a black dress now! I especially like the three-quarter sleeves.

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  11. You look great!☺ Love the way you style the Black Dress. ♥ ♥ ♥

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  12. Your photos aren't showing up....would love to see them.

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