How to Accessorize a Black Dress With a Belt

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Every woman knows the value of a little black dress (LBD). A black dress that fits well should be a staple in your wardrobe, as it's one of the most simple and versatile articles of clothing available. There is an endless variety of LBDs on the market, from loose shift dresses to fitted dresses that emphasize the waist. And you'll find them in an array of fabrics, from chiffon to cotton to brocade. And almost any LBD can be dressed up or down by adding accessories -- belts included. Doing so will transform your dress from work to night attire in a snap.


1 Decide the look you want to achieve. Depending on whether you want to formalize your dress or make it appear more casual, you'll need to choose a belt for the occasion.

2 Choose your belt. For a formal look, thin belts at the waist do the trick. Choose a bold color or a metallic skinny belt to add a bit of punch to your dress. For a more casual look, a brown or black leather belt is your easiest option. The more distressed the leather is, the more casual your look will appear. Men's belts tend to be thicker and longer; this further ups the casual appearance. Some dresses, such as those that are loose, can also have the belt slung around the hips. This lends a '70s gypsy appeal to your look.

3 Try on your dress and your belt to further style your look. Decide if you want the belt to be at your waist or down on your hips; try both ways. Choose your shoes. A casual transition goes well with boots or booties. A formal transition works well with at least a slight heel. Jewelry that is understated or has gems/rhinestones in it is formal. Jewelry that is chunky and bold and without gems is more casual.

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