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Ah, the almighty Little Black Dress (LBD), a fashion garment that is no stranger to most. The LBD is a closet staple that can take you practically anywhere because of how classic and timeless it is. But sometimes, this default fallback option can be a little lacklustre. Luckily, there are ways to give this garment a fresh new look, simply by mixing and matching cleverly.

Here are our ideas to get out of your fashion rut. We’ve selected a shirt dress for our demonstration, but you can do this with anything from a cocktail dress to a summer mini. Your choice.

Dress used: Shirt dress by Topshop, S$89.90


Work week

A shirt dress is pretty formal by nature, so choosing to wear it to work is a no-brainer. But to make it more interesting, tuck this dress into a pair of checkered straight-legged pants and top it off with a matching vest. Instantly snazzy. Round the look up with a large tote and a pair of suede loafers.

Get the look:

Checkered straight pants by A.P.C., €245 (S$389)

Checkered vest by A.P.C., €210 (S$333)

Suede loafers by Zara, S$99.90

Oversized tote bag by Mango, S$59.90


Brunch buffet

Go casual by layering your shirt dress over a designer t-shirt, and keep it unbuttoned to exude an easy-going vibe. Cinch your waist with a belt to put emphasis on your waistline and to elongate your legs, and pair that with a pair of nude sandals.

Get the look:

Printed t-shirt by Gucci, £350 (S$624), via Net-a-Porter

Leather belt by Zara, S$55.90

Fringe leather bag by Mango, S$89.90

Resin earrings by Zara, S$24.90

Heeled sandals by Tibi, S$779, via Farfetch


Dinner date

Take this dress to another level by wearing a pair of flared pants underneath in the evenings. Go with one that has vertical stripes, like this one, to make it stand out. Add tasteful but flirtatious accessories to your outfit, such as this pair of sunshine yellow block heels and chic velvet clutch, and you’ll be dressed to kill.

Get the look:

Striped silk wide-leg pants by Equipment, £400 (S$713), via Net-a-Porter

Crushed velvet clutch by Tara Zadeh, £285 (S$508), via Net-a-Porter

Block heels by Zara, S$55.90

Chain necklace by Charles & Keith, S$43.90


Holiday in the North

You can still rock your polyester LBD in colder cities. The key is to dress it with thicker garments, such as wool or cashmere. Wear a turtleneck pullover underneath your black dress and wrap yourself in a double faced wool coat. Jazz it up further with a pair of standout knee-high boots. If it’s extra cold, remember to put on some thermal leggings (not pictured, but we recommend Heat Technology pieces from Uniqlo) to keep your lower regions warm.

Get the look:

Turtleneck pullover by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, £225 (S$401), via Net-a-Porter

Leather knee-high boots by Mango, S$299

Double face wrap coat by Uniqlo U, S$249.90

Leather belt bag by Zara, S$99.90

Wool beret by Zara, S$39.90


Vacay in Aussie

If you’re heading Down Under for your year-end vacation, be as smoking hot as the weather there by pairing your LBD with statement accoutrements. There’s no need to go overboard with the layering. Instead, exude delicate elegance with understated but stylish objects such as a pair of striking gold earrings, a multi-chain necklace, strappy brown sandals and a crossbody bag. Don’t forget to bring along a pair of shades.

Get the look:

Slingback heeled sandals by Charles & Keith, S$49.90

Leather crossbody pouch by Zara, S$99.90

Straw hat by Topshop, S$36.90

Charm necklace by Isabel Marant, US$285 (S$390), via Matchesfashion

Disc metal earrings by Isabel Marant, US$296 (S$405), via Matchesfashion

Gold-tone aviators by Loewe, £290 (S$518), via Net-a-Porter