Easy Versatility // LBD + Sneakers

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to style a black dress.
The powers of a little black dress are undeniable. Arguably the most important dress a woman can own, it’s the one piece you can wear any time, any place and feel perfectly on-trend and perfectly in place. Not sure what to wear for that first date? Can’t seem to find a suitable wedding guest dress? An LBD won’t disappoint!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 black dress outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring outfit ideas.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Alice & Olivia face clutch.
Every so often I like to touch on the little black dress’ fail-proof versatility, and this time I decided to illustrate just that with a sporty, casual look that works surprisingly well for the office, date night, or an afternoon out and about.

The secret to mastering LBD styling, is in the accessories, and for this look I went with up-for-anything sneakers, a chic statement purse, and a fun leopard cardigan that adds an unexpected flair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's black dress outfit idea for Spring.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute black dress for work.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring date night outfit.
I dressed this look down significantly with my footwear choice and the fact that I tied a sweater around my waist. But that’s the glory of an LBD — it takes on whatever form you want it to, and it looks great with EVERYTHING. Consider it your closet chameleon and start stocking up now — if you haven’t already ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing delicate gold jewelry.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring street style.
[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // cardigan: J.Crew // sneakers: Adidas // purse: Alice & Olivia (similar one here) // dangle earrings: Kendra Scott // stud earrings: Kevia (similar pair here) // choker: Uncommon James // pendant necklace: Kevia (I also like this one) // lip color: Nars Powermatte Lip Luster in "Pierce"]

This past weekend I wore this look out to brunch with a friend — we tried Coco & Cru, which I'll be recommending to all my fellow New Yorkers — wandering the city with Antonio, and later, date night at a trendy rooftop (Versa) for dinner and a cocktail. It was an absolutely gorgeous day consisting of temps in the mid 60s and tons of sunshine!

An LBD look like this one is a go-to for multifaceted days when I want to look put-together. I love how easy, polished, and completely timeless a black dress is — it’s the true fashion girl’s uniform.

// SHOP //


  1. Definitely can't go wrong with a black dress. And this purse is adorable!


  2. Such black dresses are very practical. Most accessories are great for such a dress. This sweater is also wonderful! I like the colors. These photos are great - I love your outfit and blog.