How to dress up a plain black sweater

Making a black sweater shine

A plain black sweater is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. The reason it is a staple is that it can be dressed up in so many different ways. A black sweater can be dressed down and worn with basic blue jeans and at the same time can be dressed up to wear to a dressy affair. The basic black sweater is the most versatile piece of clothing in a woman’s wardrobe.

You can own the very basic black cotton sweater or a cashmere turtleneck. Over the head styles with necklines to match the occasion or a sleek cardigan in the new short style or fashion forward baby doll. A basic black sweater can take your from the office to dinner and dancing. It is your staple piece especially with the right accessories.


Step 1

Add a scarf

When you are wearing a basic black sweater, a scarf can add a much needed pop of color. A scarf will work in any season. For spring and summer a silk, gauze or linen scarf in a pastel or a bright pattern will give some much needed color to the face. In the fall and winter, jewel tones with a burnout velvet, chenille or cashmere scarf can make your black sweater anything but basic.

Step 2

Go for the bling

What looks better on a black sweater than a shiny silver necklace? A glittering gold one. How about sparkling crystals or gemstones? Worn short in an open neck or long over a turtle or boat-neck, a necklace is the perfect accessory to dress up your sweater. If it is day wear, keep it simple. In the evening go for the bling, the more you sparkle, the better.

Step 3

Pearls are perfect

Pearls with the glow they add to a woman’s face are the perfect accessory to dress up a basic black sweater. Nothing adds more classic elegance to an occasion than the perfect black sweater with a pearl necklace. It is very Jackie O.

Step 4

Dress up your cardigan

With a basic black cardigan sweater the best way to dress it up is to add the perfect shirt under it. You can add a bright silk shell, gold lame or a sequined tank or a lacy poet shirt. You can do layers, with a sheer shirt over a colorful bra or camisole or if you can pull it off, just the camisole under your sweater. No matter what you choose, your basic black sweater can be dressed up to fit any occasion.

Things Needed
• A basic black sweater
• Pretty scarves
• Longer necklaces
• Pearl jewelry

Tips & Warnings
• Wash your sweater by hand to protect the black color
• Be wary of any bling that might snag a sweater


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