Making the Most of your Wardrobe- 3 Ways to Accessorize a Simple LBD

October 18, 2017

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | Making the Most of your Wardrobe | 3 ways to accessorize a simple black dress for a special occasion

October seems to be flying by.  I can't believe that it's already time for another Year of Color linkup post.  In case you just started following along, every 3rd Friday of the month I team up with some of my fellow blogger friends to host a link party called A Year of Color.  Each month there is a color theme and you can share ANYTHING you like on that color.  I always like to share an outfit posts, because that's what I feel I do best.  This month's color is black!


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I can't lie, I was so excited for this color.  Black is always my favorite color to wear.  It's easy to accessorize, you can wear it with anything, plus everyone looks good in black.  With that said, I had a difficult time narrowing in on what kind of outfit posts I would do for today.  I ended up deciding on one of my favorite wardrobe pieces in my closet.....a Little Black Dress a.k.a. LBD.

  In my mid to late 20's my weekends were filled with going to weddings.  All my friends were getting married, and to be honest I couldn't afford to go buy a new dress for every wedding I attended.  I bought this simple empire waist black dress for my rehearsal dinner (similar).  Instead of going with a traditional bride rehearsal dinner dress, I played it safe and went with a black dress.  I'm so happy I did, because I've worn this dress on a number of other occasions since then.

Today I am going to show you how easy it is to accessorize a LBD like this.

The first way is a very classic traditional look.  I wore black paten leather pumps, rhinestone jewelry and a satin clutch with rhinestones.  This is perfect for a more formal wedding.  I wore this exact look to my husband's cousin's wedding in Chicago a few years ago.

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life- Accessories for a formal occassion

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | Simple black dress accessorized with rhinstones

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | Simple black dress accessorized with rhinstones

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | Simple black dress accessorized with rhinstones
Shoes- Ivanka Trump- Von Maur (similar) || Necklace- Target (similar) || Clutch- Jessica McClintock (similar)

For my second look, I chose leopard accessories.  I wore my gold sandals, with my leopard clutch and gold jewelry.
Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | Gold and Leopard accessories

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | LBD accessorized with gold and leopard

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | LBD accessorized with gold and leopard

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | LBD accessorized with gold and leopard
Shoes- DSW (similar) || Necklace- LC Lauren Conrad- Kohl's (similar) || Clutch- H&M- ThredUp (similar)



For my final look, I accessorized with some color.  I always love how turquoise looks with black, so I wore turquoise jewelry with my turquoise clutch.  For shoes I went with my nude pumps.  I think that this look would be great for a destination wedding.
Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | Turquoise accessories

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | LBD accessorized with turquoise

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | LBD accessorized with turquoise

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | LBD accessorized with turquoise
Shoes- Target (similar) || Necklace- Kohl's (similar) || Clutch- Hand-me-down (similar)

Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to accessorize your black dresses and maybe help you out next time your stumped on what to wear to a wedding or special occasion.

I hope to see everyone back here next month for the color Orange. Don't forget to leave your link below!




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18 comments

  1. I love how you can do so many things and have so many looks with a single, simple black dress! You look great!

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  2. Love the first look! Those black pumps are a staple we should all have in our closet!

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    1. Thank you! Those are my favorite pair of pumps in my closet. They are very classic and look good with anything!

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  3. A great black dress is so versatile! I love the cheetah clutch you used in the second outfit!

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    1. Thank you! I just found that clutch at ThredUp. I had been on the hunt for a cute leopard clutch for a while. I love it!

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  4. I especially love the leopard clutch!

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  5. All of these looks are spot on! I love having pieces that I can mix and match.

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    1. Thank you! I'm all about mixing and matching with your wardrobe.

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  6. Such fun accessories! I love that a little black dress can be styled with so many things. You look amazingggg!

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    1. Thanks so much! Accessories are always my favorites!

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  7. I love your black dress! I love how versatile it is too. What awesome accessories! They give this dress so many different looks!

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  8. I love ALL of these! I'm doing a Little Black Dress shoot in a couple weeks and I think I need to do the leopard!

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    1. Thank you! Leopard is a must with black. I'm kind of obsessed with it right now!

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  9. Black is such a chic and versatile color for any wardrobe! It's so easy to accessorize, and you did a nice job with that!

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