How to Accessorize a Black Holiday Party Dress

If you’ve been invited to a holiday get-together and don’t know what to wear,  you can never go wrong with a black holiday party dress. Just like a Christmas tree, a little black dress can be dressed up in dozens of ways to make you shine!

A black holiday party dress is also practical when you’re on a budget because changing a few accessories can give your dress an entirely new holiday party style. Black is always classy, slimming, and appropriate during the holiday season and beyond. Here are four ways to accessorize a black holiday party dress.
Little Black Dress with Sheer sequin bodice l styled by Fabulous After 40


Add Gold Accessories

If there ever was a match made in heaven, it’s the combo of gold and black. You will never go wrong, adding gold accessories to a little black dress, especially this time of year.

Here’s my first choice for a black party dress this season!  I love the sleek, fashion-forward feel of this stunning sheath. On the top – a sheer and sequined bodice. On the bottom, a slimming pencil silhouette. Gold earrings and peep-toe pumps are stunning and will make you feel party-ready. A black clutch bag with gold hardware ties it all together.

Little Black Dress with Sequins l styled by Fabulous After 40

Add Silver Accessories

If your complexion is more on the pink side and your hair more ash than gold, then silver is your metallic of choice with a little black dress. I love the modern look of this sequin-blocked dress, which creates a dramatic focal point. A general guideline-make either your bag or shoe metallic, but not both.


Little black dress - Feather Hem


Think of a little black dress like a beautiful night sky and accessorize it with lots of bling that twinkles like stars. This playful feather hem cocktail dress is a real conversation starter on its own. Add sparkly chandelier earrings, a studded bag, and rhinestone-edged slingbacks to give it movie star glam.

Little Black dress with Ruffled shoulder l styled by Fabulous After 40

Repeat Dress Details

Not sure what shoes to wear with your little black dress, what earrings look good, or what kind of purse to choose? One thing that helps is to mirror a detail from the dress in your accessories.

For example, this little black dress with the ruffle down the front looks great with a rhinestone ruffle down the front of the shoe.  That ruffly look is repeated in the earrings. It’s a subtle thing that ties your whole look together. Take a look back at the other dresses in this post to see which details have been repeated in the accessories.

For more styling ideas, visit these 40+ Instagrammers who show you how to wear a little black dress.

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2 thoughts on “How to Accessorize a Black Holiday Party Dress

  1. Hi Deborah,

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


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