1. Tie a sporty jacket around your waist.
Think your sexy black bandage dress is a wee bit formal for brunch? Dress it down by wrapping a flannel or chambray polo around your waist to keep the look casual, yet stylish. Not sure you want to pay homage to the '90s? Slip on a bomber or varsity jacket, instead.
2. Wear it with kicks.
Resist the urge to wear ballet flats with your dress! Grab a pair of sneakers, because those are the "it shoes" right now. Brands like Nike, Adidas, Skechers, Keds, and New Balance have a wide range of casual cool kicks. Sure, they're more expensive than the sneakers you can get from trendy retail stores, but they're footwear you can also take to the gym. Invest in those!
3. Wear with colored heels.
Black dress + black heels is always a good fashion combination. But that outfit equation is also boring and safe. Change it up by slipping into colored pumps that aren't too shiny (here's why). Not partial to color? Metallic heels are cool and fab and make you look like a million bucks! We suggest heading to stores like Charles & Keith, Aldo, and Suiteblanco, because they have an extensive collection of metallic and colored shoes that are super comfy. Promise.
4. Change up your accessories.
Wear big earrings. Wear an embellished necklace. Layer on bracelets. Wrap a scarf around your neck. Use your boyfriend's watch instead of yours. Change an accessory every time you wear your favorite LBD. You'll be surprised how different clothes can look when you learn to change minor details.
5. Wear a button-down underneath.
If the weather is cool, you can try layering your sleeveless LBD over a white or printed button-down. This works best if your dress flares at the bottom. Think Wednesday Addams, but happier.