12 Genius Ways to Accessorize an LBD
Click through to check out how six different PeopleStyleWatch.com editors make this basic black dress uniquely their own!
J. CREW CLUTCH
Alex Apatoff, Associate Editor: I never aged out of my glitter obsession, so holiday season is heaven for me. The dark tones and sleek shape of this clutch keep it squarely out of tween territory, though, and it’s big enough to hold my spare flats (a must for party-packed nights).
KENDRA SCOTT EARRINGS
Alex: Yep, glitter again – but the subtle sparkle and mod design are the epitome of all-grown-up glamour. Best of all, they’re not too big, so I’ll be wearing these with jeans and a blazer well after the tree’s taken down.
CHROMATIC GALLERIE PUMPS
Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director: This brilliant site lets you customize your own pair of pumps. I created these red ones specifically for the holiday party season. The color feels appropriately festive and the heel height is perfect for dancing.
TOPSHOP COLLAR NECKLACE
Andrea: Some statement necklaces are so massive that they look more like armor than jewelry. This edgy silver piece is the perfect size and the sparkly spikes add a striking touch.
BP BEADED HEADBAND
Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: I wear my hair up more than down so I love the idea of an accessory that makes a bun or pony feel pretty and polished. The beads are shimmery enough to be party-appropriate, but neutral enough to work during any season.
HOUSE OF HARLOW SNAKE CLUTCH
Zoë: I’m a sucker for all things snake-print or snake-embossed, which is why I invested in this convertible clutch and bring it to almost every wedding I attend. I knew all my girlfriends would freak over it, but I was surprised to learn that guys love it too. Must be the badass, toothed wild cat closure.
RIVER ISLAND OVERSIZE BLAZER
Jennifer Cress, Contributor: Technically this isn’t an accessory, but because it’s gold, I tend to think of it like one! Especially since it’s the perfect way to transform a work dress into holiday party attire.
KARA ROSS COCKTAIL RING
Jennifer: Since I already know I’m wearing a gold blazer, I’d skip the statement necklace and opt instead for this blue cocktail ring which would add a pop of color to my outfit.
TOPSHOP DROP EARRINGS
Catherine Dash, Merchandise Editor: I rarely wear drop earrings, so putting on a pair instantly makes me feel dressed up. I love that these inject a bit of edge to festive attire – they’re the perfect way to add visual interest to an otherwise simple look.
SAM EDELMAN ANKLE BOOTS
Catherine: Every time I wear leopard-print ankle boots, I get tons of compliments. It’s an easy way to make a chic statement, plus they’re way more unexpected than heels or strappy sandals with a dress.
DV BY DOLCE VITA PUMPS
Kate Hogan, Style News Editor: Since a lot of ladies will be wearing red and gold in the weeks ahead, I plan to sport something that’s a bit unexpected: pink! These shoes are fun and festive (I love the bow detail), and will help me stand out.
MARC BY MARC JACOBS BANGLES
Kate: Sticking with that slightly unconventional color scheme, bold bangles like these are the perfect party dress complement. Even if I skipped the pink shoes and opted for a neutral clutch, the bright colors on these bracelets would be enough to take an LBD from basic to brazen.