This look is perfect for a dressier occasion such as a cocktail party or the annual office holiday party. Instead of black as the focus, it's the accent color, adorned with crystals, studs and beading to create a play on texture. The beaded sweater is pretty worn on top of the dress, or substitute a pretty shawl for a more classic look.
Try adding a metallic touch and see how you'll sparkle! These sassy, strappy heels have some great detail, while providing a very sophisticated look. Add a pretty beaded belt in lieu of a necklace (very unexpected) and grab this fab leopard print metallic clutch. For added punch, top it off with this stunning pewter jacket for a shot of urban chic. A pashmina or shawl would give this ensemble a more feminine touch.
This third grouping is my favorite! It dresses the purple dress down a bit and takes it to a cocktail party, your child's school open house or to a friends' home for dinner. The boots add a sexy touch and the necklace and clutch put a funky spin on it. I couldn't resist adding two options - both a jacket and a sweater - for two different looks. I love this fitted denim jacket with waistline detail for a funkier night out (dancing 'til dawn!) or top the dress of with this cozy cardigan with ribbon detail for a night of caroling or a cookie exchange.
See how easy it is? You don't always have to reach for black. Just have a fabulous alternative in your closet, ready at a moment's notice, and you'll soon find yourself moving beyond the little black dress.