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How to style a black dress

Two women wearing black bodycon dresses with silver ombre tones of sequin and beadwork

A black dress is a staple item in every woman’s wardrobe. Versatile and elegant, the black dress can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. It doesn’t matter whether you’re heading out to a formal event or going out for casual drinks with your friends, a black dress will never let you down. Here at NADINE MERABI, we are suckers for a simple black dress. So we’ve put together some style tips on how to style a black dress for a range of occasions.

Different types of black dresses

A versatile black dress works for many different occasions, but before we dive into this, let’s consider the different types of black dresses available. There are several styles to choose from, so it is important to consider what works best for you and your body.

Little black dress

Perhaps one of the most iconic black dresses, thanks to the iconic 1920s designs of Coco Chanel, the classic little black dress is a timeless piece that every woman should own. Versatile enough to be styled to whatever occasion you need, the little black dress is typically a knee-length dress that gives you a simple, yet stylish, silhouette.

Our TALIA black dress is a little black dress to die for. A mid-length dress, cut from sheer mesh and beautifully detailed with black sequin embellished leaves, this little black dress is simple yet entirely effective.

Woman wearing black dress with black sequin embellished leaves

Black maxi dress

Another incredibly versatile dress is a black maxi dress. Perfect for dressing up for formal events or dressing down for a holiday, these dresses are long, flowy, and super comfortable to wear. Pair with heels and statement jewellery for a stylish look or dress down with sandals and a simple jacket.

Black bodycon dress

Figure-fitting and sexy, a black bodycon dress is another iconic fit. Perfect for a night out or a special occasion, bodycon dresses are versatile and super easy to style. Our ESTELLA black dress is a bodycon dress with a difference. With v-neck plunge detailing and a figure-hugging fit to flatter your shape, this dress is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe. 

Woman wearing a black bodycon dress with silver ombre tones of sequin and beadwork

Styling tips for different occasions

Now we’ve discussed some of the types of black dresses you could go for, let’s discuss some styling tips. We’ve pulled together some top tips from our fashion team to ensure you’re set for any occasion.

Work event

If you're attending a work event, whether it’s an important meeting or a networking event, it's important to find that nice balance between professional and stylish. For a classic and chic look, pair your black dress with a blazer and simple shoes. 

If you want to level this look up a bit, you could add a pop of colour with a statement bag or jewellery.

Formal event

Perhaps one of the most fitting occasions for a black dress, a formal event provides many different styling options for your look. Whether it’s a wedding or a black tie event, go for elegant accessories. 

Choose a pair of strappy heels, statement glam jewellery, and a brightly coloured bag and you’ve got yourself a simple yet super chic look.

Casual look

For a casual daytime look, you can dress down your black dress with a denim jacket or blazer and chunky white trainers. Keep the accessories simple and understated for a relaxed look.

A big night out

For a night out with friends, pull out the big guns.

Go big or go home and really amplify the sexiness of your black dress. Pair with statement heels, bold jewellery, and a stylish handbag. You can also add a leather jacket or a denim jacket for an edgier look.

Holiday vibes

If you’re heading to the airport for a trip away, a black dress should be an essential on your packing list. Pair with sandals or flip flops and a straw bag for a relaxed and chic look.

How to style a black dress

General styling tips:

  • Go for it with accessories - Accessories can make or break an outfit. Experiment with your jewellery to find what works best for you. It might be silver or gold jewellery but experimenting with what goes with your dress is key to a successful outfit.
  • Layering - Don't be afraid to layer your black dress with a denim jacket or a blazer. This can add depth and texture to your outfit, and give it that extra edge.
  • Shoes - The shoes you wear can make a huge difference to how your black dress looks. A simple pair of shoes can achieve that simple look or go for a pop of colour with bright heels or sandals.
  • Hairstyle - Your hairstyle can also change the entire look of your black dress. Experiment with different hairstyles, from sleek up-dos to messy buns, to find the perfect look for your outfit and occasion.

Black dresses from NADINE MERABI

The black dress is a versatile and essential piece in every woman’s wardrobe and no one understands that better than us. Here at NADINE MERABI, we have a range of glamorous dresses available in a range of colours, ensuring you have outfit options for any occasion.