One LBD, 20 Ways

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I recently bought this black midi tank dress and wanted to come up with a couple of different ways to style it. Well, folks, I got a little carried away. I basically created my own little style challenge–and once I started coming up with ideas, I just couldn’t stop myself.

They may not all be winning looks, but I only included ways I would actually wear it. And I’m actually surprised by how versatile this dress is. It comes in a bunch of colors (but I love the classic black,) and I followed the sizing chart and got a small (I’m usually a size 6). It fits pretty true to size if not a little snug, and I love that you can wear a regular bra underneath.

How To Style A Black Midi Dress: 20 Outfit Ideas

Here are a couple of ways to style that LBD . . . all 20 of them.

1. Little Black Dress + Statement Jewelry

I’m a sucker for statement earrings, but a fabulous necklace or cuff bracelet would work just as well. Red lipstick optional (but always encouraged).

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Stella + Ruby Chiffon Petal Hoop Earrings | Steve Madden Sandals

2. Little Black Dress + A Waist-Defining Belt

My favorite thing about this belt is that it’s 100% adjustable to the exact size you need and defines your waist perfectly. There are a bunch of ways to tie it and I like how it adds a little edge to the look.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | ADA Collection Wrap Belt | Sam Edelman Patti Sandals

3. Little Black Dress + A Knotted Graphic Tee

I mean . . . this is usually the first step we take here at TME: add a graphic tee and see what happens. In this case, I love it.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Graphic Tee | Steve Madden Sandals

4. Little Black Dress Under A Plain T-Shirt

We all own this t-shirt and love it for a number of reasons. I especially love the fact that it fits in the shoulders but isn’t tight across the belly. I can kind of just drape it over this dress and let it be.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Everlane Cotton T-shirt | Leopard Print Pumps (similar, I also love these)

5. Little Black Dress + A Suede Moto Jacket

I love this slightly stretchy (vegan) suede moto–and it’s on sale in the perfect grey color for spring. Super comfy and pairs perfectly with this dress.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Faux Suede Moto Jacket (same jacket in grey and 40% off) | Dolce Vita Booties (on sale)

6. Little Black Dress + A Chunky Sweater

I mean, it is still cold here (and probably will be for awhile yet), so I had to come up with some ways to warm this dress up a bit. I’ve been loving this sweater this year because of the cute shoulder cut-out–here are some more budget-friendly options.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Paige Raundi Sweater | Boots (similar)

7. Little Black Dress Layered Under A Crewneck Sweater

This J. Crew sweater is made from their “Re-imagined merino wool,” meaning it’s machine-washable (woot!) and processed without the use of chlorine. (It’s also on sale and available in a ton of colors.)

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Crewneck Sweater in Re-Imagined Merino Wool (s) | Ankle Strap Pumps (similar)

8. Little Black Dress + An Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

I had no idea this would work, to be honest. I just bought this top from H&M, and it just happened to be nearby when I was trying the dress on . . . so I thought I’d just throw it on to see. I kinda love it! Especially with the sandals–I think it would look awesome with a slicked back pony and bright pink lips.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Floral Blouse (s) | Sandals (part of Shopbop’s sale)

9. Little Black Dress + A Basic Blazer

I love this blazer with everything, so it stands to reason I’d love it with this dress. (And it’s on sale!)

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | J. Crew Going Out Blazer (4) | Vince Camuto Ankle Strap Pumps (50% off!)

10. Little Black Dress + A Leather Moto Jacket

I love leather motos–faux or real, a classic black moto makes everything better.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Faux Leather Moto Jacket (xs) | Studded Boots (similar)

11. Little Black Dress Layered Under A Wrap Sweater

I’ve been loving this wrap sweater with mom jeans because of the higher waist, and I like the way it looks over this dress as well. An easy way to transition into warmer weather.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Wrap Sweater (similar) | Leopard Print Pumps (part of Shopbop’s Sale)

12. Little Black Dress + A Faux Fur Coat

Faux fur forever!! Another way I’ll be able to wear this dress long before summer temps.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Faux Fur Coat (similar and on sale) | Ankle Booties (similar)

13. Little Black Dress + A Button-Up Blouse Tied At The Waist

Tying a button-up blouse shows off your waist–I’d probably roll up the sleeves instead of letting them hang loose like this, though.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Button-Up Shirt (similar & makes tying easy!) | Sam Edelman Patti Sandals

14. Little Black Dress + A Utility Jacket & Neutral Sandals

I wear jackets like this all spring . . . I often throw this in my bag in case I get cold (which is always). This one is old, but I love this one from Madewell (and I kind of love the black color, too!).

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Utility Jacket (similar) | Steve Madden Sandals

15. Little Black Dress + A Long Cardigan & Colorful Pumps

I added some bright shoes in order to balance out the black cardigan. A shorter cardigan might work better, but I don’t dislike the longer one . . . although I’m not sure if it works with the slit. This one might be perfect, especially since it’s a lightweight linen blend that would work even in summer.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Long Cardigan (similar and on sale)| Sam Edelman Patti Sandals (Blue option here)

16. Little Black Dress + A Denim Jacket & White Sneaks

Denim jackets are in my heavy rotation for spring and summer. This one is old and no longer available, but I just ordered one to try from ABLE (an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty) that reviewers LOVE.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Denim Jacket (similar) | Golden Goose Sneakers (expensive, but read my review justifying them here)

17. Little Black Dress + An Easy Off-the-Shoulder Top & Neutral Booties

I love shirts that have a wider boat neck that can be worn loosely off the shoulder like this . . . this shirt is super-old, but this one from ALLSAINTS might work. I also really like this top from Anthro.

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Top (similar) | Booties

18. Little Black Dress + A Tied Chambray Shirt

I don’t remember where I first saw this way of tying a shirt, but I’m sure I can’t take credit for it. I love the look, though–it’s like a lightweight version of a denim jacket. (This shirt is 40% off right now, too!)

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Chambray Shirt (4) | Lace-up Strappy Sandals (on sale!)

19. Little Black Dress + Layered With A Drapey Faux Suede Jacket

This jacket has been around for years because people love it, myself included. They’re always coming out with new colors, and I like that it’s so soft and comfy. (The grey is on sale for 40% off!)

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Faux Suede Drapey Jacket (s) | Sock Boots

20. Back to Basics — Little Black Dress + A Waist Belt & Neutral Sandals

This is the perfect travel outfit, IMO. Hands-free bag, comfy shoes and a dress you can wear a regular bra with. Ready for some sightseeing. (Slip a lipstick and a hair tie into the bag to easily take the look from day to night.)

We bought a little black midi tank dress...Sexy. Cute. Classy. Casual. We found 20 — yes, 20 outfit ideas to dress it up & dress it down. Let's play!

Leith Scoop Neck Midi Dress (s) | Belt Bag (similar and can also be worn as a crossbody bag) | Lace-up Strappy Sandals (on sale!)

Whew! Well there you go. 20 looks revolving around one little black dress. So what do you think–how would you style it? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO,

Scotti

7 COMMENTS

  1. I love this post so much! now to find a black midi with a slit that isn’t quite so high…I’ve got to MOM in nearly every outfit I own. Any suggestions?

  2. Oh my gosh- this is great! I have a couple of LBD’s and always looking for fun ways to style. This will be a go-to post for nearly every season.

  3. I love all these ideas!! I have a black t shirt dress and a black sleeveless dress, and these can work with either. Most of us have the other pieces already, so I love when you show us all the ways to style one item. I did buy the BR faux suede jacket because I have been eyeing it for awhile, so I hope it fits:) It is actually 50% off today.

  4. Love this post! I’ve been eyeing up that dress for awhile and I think you’ve convinced me to go ahead and get it! So good and so versatile!!!

  5. I almost threw my phone these styles are so awesome!
    I’ve lost 40 lbs and just bought a LBD for the first time in over 10 years. I was looking for more and I happened upon this post.
    I wondering what to do with the dress, lol. Now I know. Thank you so much!! 💕

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