While we always leave room in our wardrobe for the bold, bright and whimsical, in 2023 it seems fashion is all about the basics. Neutrals are on the rise as the Vanilla Girl aesthetic takes over TikTok, and black dresses reigned supreme on the spring runway, dotted with classic cargo pants and blazers—which is especially good news since LBDs have long been a staple. .
There really is no shortage of ways to style a black dress, and with colorful heels, chunky boots and layering, you can basically wear the same piece multiple times and look like you’ve never done it again. With such versatility, it’s no wonder this fashion must-have keeps coming back. Ahead, we’re rounding up our favorite black dress outfit ideas that you can try right away.
Think simple and sexy
Whether you’re looking for a wedding guest outfit or something for a family celebration, pair your black mini dress with matching strappy heels and you’ll meet the dress code in no time.
Add a jacket
A basic wool blend will always work, but swapping it out for a leather version will help spice things up.
Style with sneakers
No casual black dress outfit is complete without chunky sneakers to add an athletic vibe to your look.
Break out those shoes
If you’re struggling to find a shoe to pair with a black blazer dress, go the jellyfish route and opt for thigh-high boots. Bonus: it adds warmth during the winter months.
Mix in Animal Print
Since the foundation of your outfit is neutral, you can pretty much style anything you want around it. Amp up your look with playful prints, whether that means zebra boots or a leopard jacket.
Say Yes to Schoolcore
Preppy fashion is also back. Add an academic twist to your black dress by pairing it with over the knee socks and loafers.
Especially if you are wearing a black dress in warmer weather. A pair of chunky sandals, a chain necklace, and a matching black bag will still make for a cute (and fresh!) ensemble without going overboard.
If your favorite black dress is sleeveless, don’t despair. Simply add a collared shirt or turtleneck underneath to ensure it’s warm enough for freezing temperatures.
Play with color
Vibrant hues and even earth tones will really pop against this dark base, so if you’re hoping to stand out and impress, go for colorful shoes and accessories.
Become a Hat Person
A wide-brimmed hat, berets, caps – all these options can change the overall atmosphere of your outfit. Choose a style that matches your personal aesthetic, or experiment by switching them up and wearing whatever suits you that day.
Throw it back
Pull a Katie Holmes and wear a Y2K style black dress and layer it over jeans or trousers.