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How to Style a Little Black Dress

Besides investing in on-trend wholesale fashion jewelry, make sure to be knowledgeable about styling tips, particularly for festive occasions.

woman wearing a little black dress, white framed sunnies, and hoop earrings

The little black dress or LBD is a popular wardrobe piece that is perfect for wearing on any occasion, but most particularly at parties. Coco Chanel is credited with popularizing this classy look, making the color black, which was previously worn only when in mourning or in church, actually fashionable.


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Because the Christmas and NYE festivities are just around the corner, many customers will be looking for jewelry to accessorize the little black dresses in their closets. So aside from stocking up on stylish wholesale fashion jewelry, make sure that you’ll be able to assist customers in choosing jewelry that will look perfect with their LBD.

Here are five tips on styling a little black dress that you can share with your customers:

  1. Consider the occasion.
  2. Match the color of the footwear.
  3. Consider the dress’s neckline.
  4. Complement the body type.
  5. When in doubt, go with pearls.

#1 Consider the occasion.

woman wearing a little black dress and a statement necklace

A great thing about LBD is that you can alter its formality level by wearing the right jewelry piece. For casual occasions, say, a day with the girls or a family gathering, the best accessories are colorful chandelier earrings, multi-color stacked bangles, and a large pendant necklace.

As for formal occasions like a first dinner date or a company party, elegant drop cubic zirconia earrings and CZ tennis bracelets are your best bet. A single cocktail ring with sparkly crystal accents will do too. Minimalism is key to a more formal occasion.

Fine jewelry, like Moissanite fashion rings or earrings, is the best piece to wear at black tie events or formal weddings. Pearl jewelry pieces or a brooch will do. Again, keep the accessories minimal.

#2 Match the color of the footwear.

woman wearing a little black dress and white sneakers

An all-black look is undoubtedly very classy, but it won’t hurt to add a pop of color, like a brightly-colored pair of shoes. And a good thing about black is that it perfectly matches most colors. The classic hues – red, tan, and white, and the vibrant ones – royal blue, electric pink, and sunshine yellow, do well with black as well. However, some colors, like muted hues or washed-out tones, don’t complement black, as the latter will overpower these colors.

Going back to jewelry, base the color of the piece’s crystal accents or metal plating according to your footwear’s color. If you’re going for a silver pair of pumps, go with stainless steel or sterling silver pieces with clear cubic zirconia accents. For royal blue flats, earrings, pendant necklaces, and rings with sapphire blue CZ accents are perfect.

#3 Consider the dress’s neckline.

close up shot of a woman in a little black dress wearing matching gold fashion ring and necklace

The neckline is another consideration when it comes to styling an LBD with a necklace. Although there are no “real” rules, as anyone can wear what they feel like wearing, there are some guidelines on how to effectively style a particular black dress:

  • Round neckline: Chokers or chains are perfect for rounded necklines
  • V-shaped neckline: Pendant necklaces with chains that go shorter or above the actual neckline
  • Square or U-shaped neckline: Scoop necklines go well with different styles, but the key is to get one that is either shorter or longer than the neckline and not of the same length as it.
  • Tube or strapless: Choker and short-length necklaces are perfect for black tube dresses.

As for the earrings and fashion rings, it’s best to match the design of the necklace you plan to wear.

#4 Complement the body type.

beautiful plus size woman wearing a black dress sitting on pavement

Body type is also a factor when choosing pieces appropriate for a little black dress. Stand-out pieces are perfect for beautiful curvy ladies. For instance, for busty ladies who want to draw attention away from their chests, a large pendant necklace or statement pieces like breastplate necklaces will do. On the other hand, statement jewelry should be avoided for ladies with thin frames, and minimalist ones are the most flattering.

As for height, long necklaces are ideal for tall women, while chokers and short-length necklaces are best for petite ladies.

#5 When in doubt, go with pearls.

woman wearing a little black dress and pearl necklace

If you can’t decide on what jewelry piece to accessorize your little black dress, pearl pieces are the way to go. Just like LBDs, pearls are versatile and can be worn on any occasion or time of the day. For instance, if you are going on a date in a fancy restaurant, pair your LBD with pumps or kitty heels and accessorize with the pearl jewelry of your choice.

On the other hand, if you’re going to meet up with some friends in a cafe, replace your pumps or kitty heels with a pair of sneakers or flip-flops. Of course, footwear will depend on the season and location.

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