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Wardrobe Basics: A Basic Black Dress

I don't like dictating what you should and shouldn't wear, but I believe a basic black dress is a must, must-have. I don't think there is anything more important than a basic black dress in a woman's wardrobe, maybe apart from good underwear of course. You can own it in any form: a maxi dress, a sheath dress, a shift dress, a skater dress, a mini dress, a slip dress, a wrap dress, name it (hmmmm, I think this warrants a post on the types of dresses don't you think?)

How To Style a Black Dress
The beauty of having such a classic, versatile piece in your wardrobe is that you can style it in a multitude of ways for a wide variety of occasions. Here are four different ways you can wear a black dress. I chose different ones but you can always restyle the same dress by switching accessories and lip colour.

1. To Work

I paired it with a blazer, heels and a statement necklace. A black dress is the perfect canvass to display your statement necklaces. A structured bag completes this work outfit.

2. Night Out

For a night out, I prefer sequins, tights and comfortable heels, flats or wedges if you want to dance all night.

3. Relaxed Weekend

When I think of weekends, I think of turbans. Ok, I'm a little obsessed but they are so great and perfect for those bad hair days. Accessorize with gladiator sandals, a bucket bag and you are good to go.

4. Rocker Chic

I think I have a goth side. See, I love black, leather, combat boots, dark lipstick, black nail polish, piercings, tattoos...OK, enough, back to the post. Pair your black dress with black combat boots or any ankle boots for that matter, add a leather jacket (on my wishlist for the longest time), a chunky necklace and a darker lip.

How else would you wear your basic black dress? Do share in the comments below.
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About Audrey Masitsa

Audrey is the founder, writer and stylist behind Inches 2 Style. You can read more about her here and hire her for personal shopping, stylist and wardrobe consultations here .
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