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How to style a black dress

How to style a black dress

A black dress is the ideal garment to accessorise your outfit with. The neutral appearance of your black dress allows you to style your outfit in countless ways. Bold or subtle, casual or classy, the decision is entirely yours with the freedom a black dress gives you. If you’re seeking some inspiration on how to style a black dress, continue reading this handy guide from NADINE MERABI to find out our best tips.

Learning how to style a black dress

With the versatility of a black dress, there are countless ways to style your outfit however you choose. A black dress works as a blank canvas for you to dress up as understatedly or dramatically as you’d like. We’ve compiled our top choices below so you have the option of dressing up or dressing down your LBD:

  • Dress down with a denim jacket
  • Smart-casual for the office
  • Night out-ready with a leather jacket
  • Go fancy with accessories

Dress down with a denim jacket

If you want to add some casualness to your outfit, then adding a denim jacket is always an easy yet effective choice. If you’re meeting up with some friends for a drink or you’re wanting to bring some flair to a meal with the family, a denim jacket will nicely contrast the dressiness of your outfit. Choose an oversized denim jacket for an extra casual look.

The FREYA black dress is an excellent choice for this look. If it’s the time of year when you can’t quite work out whether the weather will be chilly or warm, this dress is ideal. The denim jacket will work as a comforting layer to keep you toasty, but features stretch lacing to feel the breeze if it gets a little hotter.

A woman posing in a black lace dress

Smart casual for the office

As your black dress is likely to look smart and toned down in the workplace, you can get away with working it into a professional space by dressing it up in an all-black fit. Choose a blazer to give your outfit that office chic. Sneak in some comfort by adding some leggings and a snug pair of flats to keep you cosy during the 9 to 5.

We recommend the MILEY black dress accompanied by the DAVINA black blazer for this look. These items together ensure that your outfit is fit for the office, yet has that little bit of flair that won’t go unnoticed by your colleagues. Both are made from our exclusive velvet to keep you comfortable and bring that sophistication you want to create within your work outfit.

A woman posing wearing a black velvet blazer

Night out ready with a leather jacket

To add some edge to your night-out look, combine your black dress with a leather jacket. This look can transform even the most formal of dresses into an outfit that will make you stand out from the crowd. You can choose how bold you want this look to be depending on your taste. Go for an all-black fit with a black leather jacket for a sleek look, or choose a more colourful jacket if you prefer a vivid style.

Whether your jacket is understated or showy, the HARLOW black dress will pair flawlessly  with a leather jacket. Its pearl beadwork and feather detailing will complement the jacket’s tough aesthetic flawlessly.

A woman wearing a black sequin dress with feather hemline

Go fancy with accessories

If you’re aiming to dress to impress, a black dress is a great foundation to accessorise with to add some glamour to your look. As your dress works as a great neutral, add a lavish clutch bag, jewellery or shoes to your outfit if you’re dressing to the nines. Adding some colour, such as some reds or blues, within your outfit will make your outfit pop against the black dress so accessorise to your heart’s content.

The MAYA galaxy dress is perfect for accessorising with as its stretch velvet sequin design will shimmer alongside some flashy jewellery. With the contrasting exaggerated sleeves against the figure-hugging skirt, this dress is just what you need to start piecing together your elegant look.

A woman stood posing wearing a black sequin dress

Styling black dresses at NADINE MERABI

We hope that you have found some useful tips to help you find out how to style a black dress.

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