It's in there: deep within your closet lurks a black dress you've been threatening to banish from your clothing kingdom, but won't because whenever a fashion emergency arises, it's the garment you grab. Whether your faithful treasure is jet, charcoal, metallic, satin, silk or cotton, it's probably the simplest thing you've ever owned: two delicate spaghetti straps and a whole lotta black. It's time to give your dress the respect it deserves. Dress it up and take it out for a night on the town to show your gratitude.
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Things you need
- Woven mesh tunic
- Hair accessories
- Floor-length coat
Wear a jewel-toned jacket. Pair purple or red with your black gown if you're into power or love attention, make the accessories metallic to sparkle under lights or pop on a white jacket with jewelled buttons for a crisp, fresh look.
Treat your black gown as a background that exists solely to showcase one outrageously extravagant waterfall of neck jewellery. Choose the thickest collar necklace you can find: solid gold, a collection of chunky, faux jewels or a cascading necklace that starts as a pearl choker and rains down fingers of pearls. Forget any other accessories; it's just you, the dress and the neck statement.
Go for the gold. Crochet or knit a loosely woven gold mesh lame tunic and slip it over your spaghetti strapped black gown to achieve a sexy, rich look that still reveals plenty of skin beneath the lacy finish. Add gold pumps, a gold cuff bracelet and a jewel-coloured purse to add a third colour to the mix.
Shift the focus from your black gown to your face. Pile your hair atop your head and wrap it up with a thick black headband, lavished with pearls, faux gems or tiny silk flowers. Apply pearlescent eye shadow, fake lashes and plenty of lip plumper to make your face the star of the evening. If admirers happen to check out your beaded white bag and strappy sandals, that's OK, too.
Strike a mysterious pose by layering your shoulders with silky black and white scarves. Mix and match silk and satin for contrasting textures, alternating the lengths so you reveal slivers of each. Direct attention from your neck to your waist by tying and draping the scarves around your waist. Clip a series of big, glittery broaches to the hip to hold the fabric in place.
Achieve star power by making or buying a dramatic, full-length coat of seasonal fabric. Whether it's a sweeping metallic kaftan or a floor-length velvet cape with hood, your coat will get so much notice, you'll be able to wear your black dress with spaghetti straps all season long and even the fashion police won't turn you in for wearing it so many times.
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