What to Wear Over a Black Sleeveless Dress?

Actress Jennifer Aniston wears a black sleeveless dress.

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Make a sexy little sleeveless shift your go-to party dress by giving it a mini makeover. From shawls to shrugs, what you put over your LBD sets the tone of your outfit. Whether you strive for a casual and flirty appearance or black-tie elegance, a sleeveless black dress can impress.

Nighttime Party Style

Use your little black dress as a canvas to coordinate with a party theme. If you're headed to a hot bachelorette party with a neon pink and black theme, wrap your dress in a coordinating pink bolero or cardigan. For a classic modern look, pair the little black dress with a black and white zebra-print tailored jacket. This outfit screams funky and sophisticated when gathering at a chic piano bar: You'll have all eyes on you.

Concert-Ready Looks

Black dominates a concert-going gal's wardrobe. Your black sleeveless dress can quickly upgrade to rock-star status by adding a cropped motorcycle jacket, a leather bomber jacket or a funky animal print shrug. To tone down your look, slip a slouchy, long-sleeved black sweater over the dress, letting just the skirt show. If the concert celebrates the 1980s glam rock scene, slip on a neon-colored fishnet T-shirt, letting the black dress show through.

Special Occasions

Do you have an important lunch date or weekend bridal shower to attend? Slip into your little black dress and add a pop of color. An over-sized woven shawl in a bold color is a perfect casual cover-up for an outside social gathering. A simple cardigan left open or casually draped over your shoulders has a preppy, put-together look -- perfect for a lunch date with a future mother-in-law or respected business associate.

Black-Tie Elegant

Exude elegance by going for an all-black or Hollywood glam look. For a sleek black-on-black look, don a tailored menswear suit jacket or wrap yourself in a black faux-fur stole. These classic looks keep bare arms covered for a more subdued appearance. If you're ready to be the life of the party, accessorize your little black dress with a head-turning shrug covered in silver sequins. When paired with coordinating silver pumps, a metallic clutch and jewelry to match, people will think you're the guest of honor.

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