Ashley MacInnis: The Frenzied Fashionista


Wear Your Little Black Dress Everywhere - We Show You How

Dress it up or down, and get the best bang for your buck

For many of us, the LBD is our go-to for events and dressy parties—Christmas, New Years, networking events, wine tastings—but hang forgotten in our closets the rest of the time. Since I don’t have a budget for clothes that can only be worn once or twice a year, I like my LBDs to be as versatile as my skinny jeans.

If you don’t have a black dress but you’d like to get one, look for the following to make sure your dress is versatile and easy to wear:

 Fit: Look for simple sheath or body-skimming (not necessarily tight) styles that can be worn with cardigans and blazers, or topped with sweaters and t-shirts for super casual wear. Dresses that hit around the knee (just above, if you’re petite!) are super flattering and can be worn with flats and heels and boots.

 Fabric: Skip the lace, ruffles, and flounce if you want a dress you can wear to brunch and the boardroom, too. Cotton and jersey are easy to wear, easy to wash, and simple.

8 Fabulous Black Dresses For The Holiday Season

I have five black dresses (don’t even), including one wrap dress and one sweater dress. While I love them all, the sweater dress is pretty stand-alone and the wrap dress can be paired with a blazer and that’s about it. So, with that in mind, I took out my other three black dressesa fit and flare, a body-conscious, and a maxi dress—and here’s how I wear ‘em. 

**Please forgive the image quality, I think my iPhone is iBusted. Also, I should probably clean my mirror.**

Beginning with my favourite dress EVER, my body-conscious dress has a lace back. I bought it for a dressy event I attended two Christmases ago, and it hung in my closet unloved for a long ass time. Then one day, I threw a blazer over it and it was gold (well, actually it was black…). Since then, I’ve worn it with my denim jacket, sneakers, boots, heels, flats, blazers, cardigans, and I’ve thrown t-shirts on top to really dress it down. 

(Dress: Smart Set; Denim Jacket: American Eagle; Chuck Taylors: SoftMoc; Nine West Pumps: The Shoe Company)

My next LBD, a fit-and-flare, I picked up for an office event. It doesn’t look great with a cardigan over it, but I love wearing a button-down under it for a fun, librarian-esque look! It’s a go-to when I can’t decide what I feel like wearing, and the fit makes me feel super glamorous. While I almost exclusively wear this to work, it's great for weddings, or grabbing drinks with the girls or Mr. Hockey Coach!  

(Dress: Smart Set; ModaReflex Pumps: Le Chateau; White Button-Down: Banana Republic; Mary Janes: Naturalizer)

Last—but not least—is my black maxi. There is literally no place I wouldn’t wear it, and almost nothing I wouldn’t wear it with. I top it with denim jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, leather jackets, cardigans, and t-shirts. I am a huge fan of maxi dresses (check back soon for more on that!), and this one is no exception. It's easy to dress up for work or going out, and dressing it down is a breeze. 

(Dress: Gap; Wooden Necklace: Gift; Leather Jacket: Ricki's; Blazer: Gap; Bib Necklace: Forever 21; Fox tee: Smart Set; Flats: Winners)

Want some other ways to wear your little black dress?

Wear a button-down under a strapless dress, like I did with my fit-and-flare. It’s unexpected and chic.

Dress down your LBD with athletic piecesthink sneakers (I picked Chuck Taylors!) and a windbreaker or zip-up sweatshirt.

Accessorize with funky jewellery, scarves, and shoes.

Cover slim-strap or open back dresses with a blazer, pair with office-smart shoes, and accessories to take your dress-up dress to work.

Oh, hello! Fancy meeting you here. While we're talking dresses, have you seen these gorgeous prom dresses? They almost make me wish I was going to prom, but luckily Sadie's aunt is responsible for this line that makes me pretty glad I'm a grown-ass woman (sometimes).