7 Ways to Dress Up Your LBD for the Holidays

We all have our favorite little black dresses that are simultaneously reliable, fashion-forward and flattering. This holiday season, it’s time to take your LBD to the next level with a few styling tricks and accessories to suit every event you have on your busy schedule. From cocktail parties to cookie swaps, your loyal LBD will act as the perfect starting point for a slew of festive ensembles.

1. Furry & Fab

Transform a basic LBD into a chic evening look by adding some luxe textures like faux fur. These days you can find a great coat at any price—and as a bonus it'll become a staple in your closet, taking your winter outfits to the next level. Strappy heels accented with a touch of texture add a bit of whimsy to your holiday look. Finally, an eye-catching clutch in deep red will give your outfit a punch of color and another element of interest to cut through all that fuzz.

2. Home for the Holidays


Madewell black dress
madewell.com

 


Long cardigan
pinkqueen.com

 


Sheer tight
urbanoutfitters.com

 


We all know that the best part of the holiday season is spending time with family. A low-key family gathering is another perfect opportunity to pull out the LBD. An A-line style in a stretchy material will keep you comfortable throughout the day and night, while pretty flats are a good alternative for heels. Keep it fun yet fashionable with printed tights and a long cardigan. You’ll be comfortable and cozy while still impressing those family members you haven’t seen all year!

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3. Perfectly Polished

 


Black dress
modcloth.com

 


Miss Selfridge blazer
lordandtaylor.com

 


Leopard shoes
gojane.com

 


The Limited gold jewelry
thelimited.com

 

Every girl should have a go-to party look in her closet, and this one will serve you well this holiday season. A fitted, flirty LBD can be dressed up with sexy leopard print heels, while a chic blazer and modern pearls keep the look sophisticated. 

4. Sweet & Spicy

 


Topshop party dress
topshop.com

 


Camel coat
rosegal.com

 


Ankle boots
nastygal.com

 


River Island glove
riverisland.com

 

Sometimes the holidays just call for a look that’s sultry and sophisticated. A fitted LBD with a hint of skin and lace-up booties is always stylish and so perfectly Kylie Jenner. A demure, understated coat gives you a much-needed extra layer—plus it makes for a great reveal to your sexy look underneath.

5. Shopping Spree

If a day of shopping is on your to-do list this winter break, you’ll need an outfit that’s both comfortable and fashion-forward. Break out that LBD and glam it up with a pair of leather booties and a blanket cape that you can easily take on and off as you shop. A great tassel necklace is always a good choice, and effortlessly takes a basic knit dress from flat to fab.

6. Mad for Mod

 


Holding Horses swing dress
anthropologie.com

 


Moto jacket
newlook.com

 




Transform your favorite black mini dress with a pair of thigh-high boots that will give you legs for days. A motorcycle jacket and cross-body bag are all you need to finish off the outfit. Plus you can easily dress it up or down with sparkly jewels for a night on the town or simple studs for a day out with the girls.

7. Winter Wonderland



Aqua white vest
bloomingdales.com

 


Ilux black socks
gilt.com

 


Oasis flat shoes
asos.com

 

A long-sleeved LBD is a great winter staple and so versatile for both upscale and casual holiday gatherings. A sleeveless vest is an effortless way to glamorize a black dress and a pair of sparkly ballet flats just screams holiday cheer. Finish it all off with delicate layered necklaces or a stack of bangles, and you’re ready to make your holiday rounds.


The holidays are a busy time of year for catching up with friends and family, attending parties and hosting get-togethers. But there’s no need to stress about what you’ll wear to each new event if you’ve already got a trustworthy little black dress tucked in your closet. It’s the perfect blank slate for endless styling possibilities, meaning you can go from a day of Christmas shopping to a holiday soiree in a snap!