I am drawn to the color black. In fact, at least half of my closet is made up of black clothing. When buying a dress for a special occasion, I often purchase a little black dress. Although I go out for an occasional fancy date, I don’t dress up as much as I used to. After all, most of my friends are married with children. In addition to having my own young children, I typically wear more casual clothes. Yet, that doesn’t mean my black dresses have to sit in my closet. In fact, here are a few ways to dress down a black dress.
Sandals and a Chambray Shirt
Any cotton dress that is more form fitting can be dressed down with a chambray or denim shirt and some sandals. You could also try a fitted blue oxford shirt like this one from the Gap. You can leave the shirt open or buttoned. These simple black sandals from Volcom are nice enough to wear with a casual to semi-nice black dress.
Button Down Shirt and Flip Flops
Nothing says casual more than flip flops. If you have a black tank dress, it can easily be worn for a fun day at the beach. Wear it over your bathing suit. Then, pair it with some colorful flip flops and a lightweight button down shirt. You’ll be ready for a walk on the beach or a casual dinner to watch the sun set. This button down shirt from Aerie comes in a variety of shades. Its cotton/viscose blend is perfect for a summer day.
Leggings, Cardigan and Boots
I like to wear dresses in the winter. Adding some leggings, a cardigan and some tall boots can transform your black dress into a cold-weather staple. This works well with a tunic style dress or a slim maxi dress.
Put a Sweater Over It
I have been seeing a lot of dresses comprised of a sweater/sweatshirt on top with a fuller skirt attached. By putting a sweater over a dress, you can achieve a similar look. To prevent a boxy look, this works best with a sleek a-line or dropwaist dress. Likewise, choose a form-fitting sweater such as this crewneck version from Victoria’s Secret. Add some ballet flats for a great casual weekend look. Overall, be careful about adding too many layers over dresses that have cowl necks or ruffles. Likewise, avoid putting a thin pullover sweater over ruffles. It will end up looking bumpy (and frumpy).
Dressing down a black dress can help you add some variety to your wardrobe!
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