7 Easy Outfit Ideas to Wear With Simple Black Dresses


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The quintessential black dress has become a mainstay in most closets, as it should. Although iconic on its own, the LBD is also known for an effortless versatility that allows it to be styled in countless ways. This all-around piece is one with guaranteed longevity in your work and play wardrobes. 

Many iconic moments are associated with simple black dresses, including those of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Princess Diana. However, the LBD is said to be the ideation of Coco Chanel, as she foresaw it to be a tasteful yet accessible uniform for women. This has not changed over time, yet the options for styling have proven it simultaneously timeless and trendy. 

It’s time to reach back in your closet and pull forward the forgotten black dresses you own for a refresh, or snag an exciting new one. Below, I’ve handpicked seven fresh ways to style this staple and, of course, the shopping list to assist. 

Under a Coat + Knee-High Boots


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The perfect fall fit, layering your black minidress under a longline black coat is as trustworthy as it is chic. Throw on boots and a matching bag to complete the look.

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Slingbacks + a Bright Handbag


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A going-out ensemble that dresses up your black mini is effortless, sophisticated, and stylish. You can't go wrong with a smart slingback, a chunky earring, and a bright bag. 

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Loafers + Shoulder Bag


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Who said a little black dress can't be for daytime? Practically styled with your favorite shades, your everyday bag, and your walk-friendly loafers, it's the ultimate Sunday look.

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Jacket + Tights + Boots


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Make your black minidress office appropriate with a colorful blazer, tights, and boots. Transition straight to nighttime with or without the blazer. 

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Blazer + Combat Boots


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Toughen up a slinky satin minidress with a pair of chunky combat boots and an oversize blazer. 

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Strappy Heels + Printed Bag


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For the ultimate date-night or event look, finish your simple black frock off with strappy heels and a printed bag. 

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Denim Jacket + Tall Boots


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For a casual, transitional look, pair your black midi dress with a tall boot and denim jacket. Tall boots with a midi dress is peak chic for 2023. 

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Copelyn Bengel
Associate Shopping Editor

Copelyn is the associate shopping editor for Who What Wear based in New York City. She writes about fashion and accessory trends in addition to creating original content.

Before her time at Who What Wear, Copelyn was at Bustle Digital Group working on the accessory market for cover shoots and fashion features across Nylon, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily. Copelyn has also previously worked at InStyle and Cosmopolitan in the fashion and accessory departments on shopping and fashion market.

Copelyn has a journalism degree in editing and graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Copelyn freelances in graphic and web design in the fashion-and-lifestyle space. She also loves to upcycle clothing and home décor as well as collect an embarrassing number of colorful sneakers and experiment with her hair color.