You may find yourself invited to a "black tie optional" event this holiday season, or simply on a special date night to the ballet. This is my favorite kind of dress code for special events. It's the host's way of saying, "Go ahead and look fancy and gorgeous, but you don't have to go out and buy a gown." This is where the little black dress comes to the rescue. Pair a black cocktail dress with pumps and a beautiful necklace for an instant black tie optional outfit.
I find that a sleeveless scoop-neck above-the-knee black dress is the most versatile in that it looks great with a statement necklace if you need to dress it up, and looks casual enough if you need to dress it down. It's also more likely to be appropriate dress if you need to look a tad bit more conservative.
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Charlotte Russe Black Backless Pleated Skater Dress - $29 - charlotterusse.com (currently sold out - similar here)
Vince Camuto Women's Rowin D'Orsay Pump - $119 - amazon.com
Calvin Klein Antiqued Nickel and Woven Leather Crossbody Bag - $141 - lordandtaylor.com
love struck™ Gold-Tone Mint Green Statement Necklace - $18 - jcpenney.com
Junior BP. Textured Bangles - $6.98 - nordstrom.com
Journee Collection / CT. T.. Round Cut CZ Pave Set Knuckle Ring Set - $12 - target.com