The Little Black Dress Gets a Makeover for the Holidays

December 18, 2019 Updated: December 18, 2019

Women have two pieces of clothing that we cherish in our wardrobe. 

Jeans are convenient, durable, and honestly go with everything. 

And then there’s the little black dress we bought years ago, the one that always comes in handy for unexpected occasions. Easy to wear and oh-so-comfortable (and usually crease-resistant too), it makes us feel taller, slimmer and chic. 

For the holidays, I picked four black dresses fresh from the runways and offer some tips so you can get creative with them. With the kind of shining confidence you’ll exude, you might be asked for tips of your own as well!

 Coat Dress
(Courtesy of Moda Operandi)

The Coat Dress

Make a statement with this luxurious dress. From its body structure to its fabric, it will take you to almost any party during the holidays with elegance and style. The brocade fabric adds richness, and it’s festive. And you don’t have to worry about the parts of your body you are not comfortable with—its thickness hides everything, and the double-breasted style slims your waist and holds your tummy tight. The A-line imparts an elegant and timeless silhouette that fits almost every body shape. The tulle trim adds lightness to the coat. 

For accessories, you can go with minimal jewelry and a classic black pair of pumps, or you can show off your stylist skills by carefully picking unique accessories for this unique black dress.

Updated Sheath Dress
(Courtesy of Moda Operandi)

The Updated Sheath Dress

If you have a lot of work to get through in the run-up to the holidays, no worries. There’s just one rule: keep it simple. 

This classic dress is ideal for office parties, with a black and white palette that is sharp and timeless. It’s also versatile, and is designed to take you from day to night with ease. During the day at the office, pair it with a black blazer, and, for the evening, you’ll be party-ready—the only thing you’ll need to do is refresh your makeup. As for the accessories, use the same color palette or be bold with bright colors like multicolor stone jewelry.

(Courtesy of Moda Operandi)
(Courtesy of Moda Operandi)

The Scarf Dress

This season, the silk scarf is now part of the dress, rather than an accessory. If you are the type who always forgets her scarf at parties (like me), this dress is for you—seriously. The shape of the dress is most basic so that the multicolored side panel can complete the look. The dress is perfect for the woman who is ready to update her little black dress, surely and slowly. The silk side panel gently sways and flows with your dance moves. For the younger woman who likes colors, the royal blue accent color will enhance the simplicity and the beauty of the dress.

(Courtesy of Moda Operandi)
(Courtesy of Moda Operandi)

The Ruffled Dress

There is so much to say about this beautiful dress. First of all, it’s like a cross between an evening dress and a cocktail dress. The big side ruffle attracts all the attention so you don’t have to worry about parts of your body you may not be comfortable with. The minimalistic bodice makes it easy to wear, and the tonal belt will take off one or two inches on your waist. The beautiful ruffle starting from the waist and finishing at the bottom gives the illusion of a smaller waist. The asymmetry is just simply elegant and you are sure to get noticed with this dress. It’s party-ready—less for office parties and more for New Year’s festivities. Play with the accessories by picking holiday colors, red and green.