Dress Up Your LBD for the Holidays

Fresh New Party Mixes for Celebrating In Style

If your tried and true little black dress (LBD) is the basic go-everywhere piece you’ll be wearing through the holiday season, style it with some fresh panache. Our holiday inspired style strategies will transform your basic black into three brand new looks!

Black and Unexpected Brights
Here’s how to combine unexpected brights for an event where fun and hip is the look you’re going for:
Choose a pair of opaque bright tights — think turquoise, pink, burgundy — to wear with matching pumps or high heeled two-strap sandals. Balance out the look with a fuzzy cropped cardigan, a party purse or earrings in a contrasting bright color. (Pick just one).

You can add the balancing pop of bright color with makeup instead of accessories. Use a bold shiny eye shadow shade for a smoky eye look along with a neutral shimmery lip color. Big, full hair adds even more style to this merry look.

Casual Elegance
For an evening out with the girls or family gatherings, choose patterned, fishnet, or opaque black stockings to pair with your best black pumps or flats. Experiment with a grouping of faux sparkly pins placed off one shoulder. You can find them at fast fashion and discount stores this time of year. Plus everyone’s mom or grandma probably has a few you can borrow. Choose a velveteen duster or sweater coat in black to cover up.

A nude makeup look and easy hair are the perfect finish for this festive combo.

All Out Glam
When the night calls for shine and shimmer, invest in a pair of statement party shoes to elevate your soiree outfit. Stilletto heels with lacing, ankle straps, or jeweled embellishments are one of the top looks of the moment. Show off your best shiny baubles, too. Layer your neck pieces, or invest in one of the season’s already mixed and layered designs. Or, forget the baubles and go for a sequined, beaded or embroidered jacket – whatever works best with the LBD.

This modern classic holiday look also calls for shiny polished nails and hair slicked back into a top knot or ponytail.

Daina Hulet spent ten years as the west coast editor for Glamour magazine covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She has also written freelance articles for national publications and created content for corporate fashion and beauty websites.


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