There’s no good reason why you should only get to wear your LBD occasionally to dim restaurants. Finding the perfect little black dress is an accomplishment, and getting tons of use out of this versatile piece is absolutely the right thing to do. Your weekday styling options depend on the formality of your workplace and your personal comfort zone. However you style your LBD, it can take you from the office straight to drinks or dinner.
Start With the Style
A lacy, short LBD spices up your weekends, but this style won’t be deemed appropriate in most workplaces. A dress that hits at the knee or a few inches above looks good on most women and still is office-friendly. Choose a dress that flatters your body type. For instance, look for a slim sheath if you’re petite and a structured A-line dress if you’re plus-size. A wrap dress does the trick for nearly everyone.
1. Corner Office Chic
Dress your LBD up for a meeting with clients, a business lunch or for no reason in particular. Create a twist on the traditional business suit by layering a suit jacket over the dress. A structured black or charcoal gray jacket gives your LBD a professional polish. Add a printed scarf or chunky pearl necklace. Finish your take-charge look with dark pumps and stud earrings.
2. Colorful Casual
Brighten up the office with cheerful color. Pull a solid, striped or polka-dotted sweater over the dress or if it’s sleeveless, wear the dress over a blue oxford shirt. Alternatively, wear your favorite cardigan open over the LBD and wrap a narrow belt around your waist. A red cardigan and white belt always complement basic black, or you can play with shades of the same color — think a light blue cardigan and navy belt. Add a pair of bright shoes, such as colorful wedge heels or patterned ballet flats, and a few pieces of metallic jewelry.
3. Downtown Cool
If your workplace allows employees to show off some personal style, dress down your LBD by adding a few funky accessories. Wear the dress on its own if it’s appropriately modest and warm. If it might leave you feeling a little exposed, top the dress with a distressed leather jacket or cropped printed jacket. Wrap a wide leather belt around your waist. Add black or gray patterned tights, mid-calf black leather boots and an eye-catching statement necklace.
What’s your favorite way to wear a LBD to work?
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