3 Women, 1 Little Black Dress Styled for Parties and Casual Wear

With the party season just around the corner you may be panicking about what to wear, especially if you don’t have the budget for an expensive new outfit. So this week I have found one LBD (Little Black Dress) at a great price and styled it on 3 different women of different ages and sizes both for the evening and the daytime. Now before you tell me off about it being black, I’ve chosen black because most of us do have it in our wardrobes so if you don’t have the money for a new dress below you will see how to make black work for your colouring.

How to style the little black dress

Here is the dress in question. I’ve chosen it because it has a very simple shape that can be dressed up or down, it will suit all body shapes and ages, it is machine washable, the fabric has a crepe feel to it making it smart and best of all it is £25 (yes you did read that right!) It also comes in Claret or Gold in sizes 8 – 22 (although black is sold out above size 16)

So to the 3 models – Liz is a neat hourglass, I am an apple and Nicole is a slim column.

How to style the little black dress

For Liz I have really lightened and softened the black against her face with a perspex necklace that works really well with her hair. We’ve also warmed the outfit up with an orange bag and pashmina.

How to style the little black dress

Dress // Necklace // Bag // Similar shawl // Similar shoes //

For a younger look, Nicole is wearing an on trend choker in pearls and a faux fur collar – again lifting the black close to her face.

How to style the little black dress

Dress // Choker // Collar // Bag // Similar sandals //

For my outfit I wanted to add colour. (As a deep I could wear black, but now that I have lightened my hair it has softened my look so I prefer an accent colour with my black) I’ve chosen red and mixed it with gold.

How to style the little black dress


Dress // Wrap // Necklace // Shoes // Similar bag //

How to wear the LBD for your colouring

Choose a necklace or wrap in one of your best accent colours and pick either one of your pinks or your best red for your lipstick.

How to wear the little black dress

Great accents for LIGHT colouring:

Your best colours

Great accents for DEEP colouring:

Your best colours

Great accents for WARM colouring:

Your best colours

Great accents for COOL colouring:

Your best colours

Great accents for SOFT colouring:

Your best colours

Great accents for BRIGHT colouring:

Your best colours

To show the versatility of this dress we also styled it in a daytime look too.

How to style the little black dress

Liz – Similar Grey jacket // Necklace // Boots //

Me – Cardigan // Similar necklace // Similar boots //

Nicole – Similar necklace // Similar Bomber jacket // Similar boots //

Shop more versatile LBD’s

I hope this post has inspired you to rethink party dressing and see that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a new dress. Having a few dressy accessories in the right colours for you makes creating outfits so much easier.

To find out your best colours, why not treat yourself to a Personalised colour dossier? And if you would like me to find you the perfect party outfit choose the 6 item capsule wardrobe. I will choose an outfit including all the accessories that is just right for you.



  1. Pat
    November 11, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    What a fabulous post, Maria! You have inspired me to use what I have in my wardrobe, a loden green casual dress. Now the fun, creative part, how to make it a little more festive for the holidays.

    Your suggestions for day to evening are so appreciated. We all have clothing items in our wardrobe that could be worn more than they are with simple accessory changes. Thanks for the reminder!!!

    A faithful fan,

    • Maria
      November 18, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Thank you Pat! More to come like this 🙂

  2. Lynne
    November 13, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    I thought this post was great. It was nice to see the outfits on real people and not just a picture. Thanks

    • Maria
      November 18, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Thank you Lynne I will definitely be doing more with real “models” 🙂

      • Lisa Griffiths
        November 18, 2016 / 5:13 pm

        Echo the above comments, great to see real people modeling clothes.Would be good if you could include an 18 plus lady for the curvier ladies out there.Love the idea of utilising clothes from day to evening wear thus saving money and wardrobe space.

      • Maria
        November 18, 2016 / 5:29 pm

        Thank you for your comment Lisa. I love to get cost per wear from my wardrobe it’s my version of maths – fashion maths! I will be including regular artciles to cover a range of sizing and budgets and will certainly use real models again as this one has proved so popular. Have a lovely weekend 🙂