How to Accessorize a Black Holiday Party Dress – 7 Simple Steps!

With Christmas coming and celebrations underway, it’s the perfect time to wear a black holiday party dress.

How do you accessorize it to look festive and fabulous? Here are 7 simple steps to pump up the glam.

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1. Start with a Beautiful Foundation

A simple black dress is an elegant evening wear staple that can be dressed up or down depending on your chosen accessories. But since holiday time is extra special, you may want to start with a foundation that has a touch more glam.

Why not choose a black dress in a luxurious winter fabric like velvet or satin to upgrade your look instantly?

Rich details, like a sheer neckline, crystal waist brooch, beaded cuffs, sequin sleeves, or a feathered hem, are also like built-in accessories, giving a black dress a festive vibe.


Holiday Dresses - Purple and Black

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2. Add Jewelry

When styling a black dress, less is more, but since Christmas and New Year’s are all about lights and sparkle, feel free to add a little extra bling. Crystal earrings look fabulous on everyone when you gather around the Christmas tree for cocktails. If your black dress has another color in it, like purple, then play up the purple with purple crystal earrings.

Gold is stunning with a black holiday party dress if you have warm coloring (hair and skin). If your complexion and hair are cool (ash hair and pink undertones to your skin), you’ll dazzle in silver jewelry.

Pearls are always romantic at Christmas; if you ever want to wear sparkly chandelier earrings, now is the time! A glittering statement necklace or a dramatic cuff bracelet can also be beautiful, and it’s always fun to wear a big cocktail ring to look party-ready. (Dean Davidson has some fabulous rings!)


Black Holiday Party Dress - Sheer Sleeve


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3. Wear Sexy Shoes

Practical day shoes have no place at a formal holiday event. A black holiday party dress calls for a pair of sexy evening shoes. Go with delicate, strappy sandals or sexy, pointy pumps.

One of my favorite holiday shoes are these black suede heels with dainty crystal bows.  They’re elegant, timeless, and a beautiful way to accessorize a black party dress.

Metallic evening shoes in gold, silver, and champagne are a natural this time of year and add that “wow” factor. Think of a little black dress like a beautiful night sky and accessorize its shoes with bling and twinkle-like stars.





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4. Carry a Clutch

A black holiday party dress isn’t complete without a knock-out evening bag. Envelope clutches and hard case-like clutches are the most popular but don’t rule out other styles, like a classy chain on a wallet, a soft pouch bag, or a mini top handle.

Accessories allow you to draw the eye where you want, so think of your evening bag like a glamorous punctuation mark on a classic black party dress.


5. Sizzle in Stockings

Another gorgeous way to accessorize a black holiday dress is to wear a sheer, patterned hose. Look for stockings with sparkle, a decorative pattern, or some exciting embellishment. The less ornate the dress, the better the embellished stockings will look. All

eyes will be on your legs!




Black Holiday Party Dress- Long Sequins Sleeve

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6. Sport a Bold Lip

Black is chic and stunning, but it’s also high contrast next to aging skin and can wash you out. A bold red or pink lip looks fantastic with black, so don’t be afraid to wear it. Don’t forget the lipgloss for holiday shine!



Holiday Party Dress - Sequin Bow Dress

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7. Try an Updo or Fancy Hairstyle

For many women, their hair is their best accessory, so experiment and try something different to make your black holiday dress look even more glamorous.

A pretty updo, some waves or curls, or even a pretty hair accessory like a decorative comb or velvet hairband can transform your little black dress into something you’d expect to see on the red carpet.


Have fun with your black holiday dress, and don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s Christmas, New Year’s, and your time to shine!

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2 thoughts on “How to Accessorize a Black Holiday Party Dress – 7 Simple Steps!

  1. Hi Deborah,

    With my little black dress, I wore a loosely twisted multi-strand of chunky pearls with tiny gold beads around my neck that were just the right length for the dress’s neckline, with nothing covering the ruffles so they could stand out on their own. I also wore pearl bracelets on my wrist and small pearl earrings. I went classic with all black and pearls; I figured I couldn’t go wrong that way. I also love the idea of long sparkly earrings. The lady sitting next to me at dinner had on some adorable sparkly long dangly vintage earrings that I just loved. I did full makeup, including my eyes, which I rarely do, so everyone said, “Wow”! I pumped up my hair with some spray for curly hair and went out. Smile. I received some sincere compliments, and I felt beautiful.


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