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How To Style A Casual Black Dress For Spring

If you’re like me, you probably have a black dress hanging in your closet that you love but struggle to wear in a way that feels fresh and seasonal. With a few tweaks, I’m going to show you how to style a casual black dress for spring, even though black is not a color normally associated with spring.

7 Ways To Style A Casual Black Dress For Spring

You’ll want to see all the ways I’m styling this black tank dress. I’m going to show you several casual versions, plus a couple that are dressy and could even be worn to a wedding. But the first thing you are going to need is a versatile black dress.

1. Finding The Perfect Casual Black Dress For Spring

What style of black dress will work for spring and summer?

First, you need a black dress. Look for a dress with minimal detailing and a simple, understated design. This will give you more flexibility when it comes to accessorizing and styling your dress. Avoid dresses with too much bling or embellishment, as they can be limiting and difficult to pair with other pieces. Choose a dress length that works for your body type and the occasions you plan to wear it. A knee-length dress is a good option for both casual and dressy events, while a midi or maxi dress may be better suited for more formal occasions.

The dress I’m wearing is a simple sleeveless dress from Walmart I bought a few years ago. I prefer sleeveless dresses because they are easier to layer under sweaters, cardigans, jackets, etc. You could wear this casual black dress for spring all by itself for a casual day running errands or a lunch date with friends.

Here’s another one from Amazon that looks similar in case your size in the Walmart dress is sold out. Long or short, sleeveless or with short sleeves, pockets or no pockets – all of it works. The point is to have a nice base layer.

2. How To Style A Casual Black Dress With A Denim Jacket

What Type of Jacket Looks Good With A Black Dress?

Styling a casual black dress for spring with a Denim Jacket is a great way to add a touch of edge and casualness to your outfit. A denim jacket is perfect for adding an extra layer of warmth during the spring season, and it also adds a casual, laid-back vibe to your outfit. Make sure the jacket fits well and is not too bulky, as this can overwhelm the dress.

Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a casual black dress for spring with a denim jacket6

I bought this classic Denim Jacket last year and wear it all the time. It has a fair amount of stretch, so it is comfortable instead of confining.

The style of the Vegan Leather Tote Bag is a hot trend in handbags this spring. I love wearing black and brown together, and it looks great with this casual black dress.

A woven handbag can add some visual interest to your outfit, especially if it is in a contrasting color. Brown and black look great together, so I added a Vegan Leather Tote Bag that I carried all last summer.

3. A Fun And Colorful Scarf Is The Perfect Way To Style A Casual Black Dress For Spring

Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a casual black dress for spring with a scarf 10
Sleeveless Tank Dress (Medium) | Ivory Leather Flats (SIMILAR) | Small Beige Crossbody Bag

What are some ways to accessorize a black outfit for spring or summer?

To add some personality and color to your outfit, consider accessorizing with a fun and colorful scarf. A brightly colored scarf can add a pop of color to your outfit and can also keep you warm on chilly spring days.

You can style your scarf in several different ways. Here, I tied loosely it for a simple look that adds visual interest and gives the outfit a put-together look. The Small Beige Crossbody Bag can be worn dressy or casually, and it is the perfect size for your essentials. The scarf I’m wearing is several years old, but I’ll link others you can achieve the same look with.

This is GORGEOUS and would really pop against the black. It’s 100% silk, 55 inches square, and less than 50 dollars! There are several different color combinations, and all of them are pretty.

Isn’t this pretty? And it’s even larger! It’s 100% silk and measures a whopping 43 inches X 43 inches. Again, if this isn’t your fave, don’t worry—it’s available in 45+ prints!

4. A Graphic Tee And A Casual Black Dress

Can Women Over 50 Wear Graphic Tees

A graphic tee is a cute way to style a casual black dress for spring. This Muah Lips graphic tee is old, but I still love wearing it, and I found one that is similar. It reminds me of the iconic Rolling Stones tongue graphic tee, but it is a little more polished. When choosing a graphic tee, look for a design that is timeless and classic, such as a vintage band tee or a graphic with a simple message. This will ensure that the tee is versatile and can be worn with a variety of different outfits.

The key to wearing a graphic tee at any age is to wear it with confidence. If you love the tee and feel good in it, then wear it proudly! Remember, fashion is all about expressing yourself and having fun with your wardrobe, regardless of your age.

Here’s another cute tee I found. Love the heart! Here’s another cute version that comes in a ton of colors!

I slipped the graphic tee over my dress and cinched it with a Bra Clip for a fitted look. The Nike Air Max Dawn Sneakers are a pair of shoes that I’ve worn constantly since they arrived at my house. They are very comfortable and stand up to the “airport” test. It never fails that your plane will arrive on one end of the airport, and your connecting flight is on the other end, so you have a lot of walking to do. These were fantastic for my last two trips.

Lululemon Belt Bags are very popular and for a good reason. They are well constructed and will hold your essentials, leaving your hands free. I carried this when I took the grandbabies to the water park, and it was so handy. They are available in lots of different colors and sizes, so you’ll be sure to find something you like.

5. A Classic Button-Up Shirt Looks Great Over A Black Dress

Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a casual black tank dress for spring with a white button up shirt32
Sleeveless Tank Dress (Medium) | Linen 3/4 Sleeve Shirt (Size 1) | Kendra Scott Silver Hoop Earrings (Similar) | Michele Watch | David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet | Slingback Low Heel Pointed Toe Pumps (Sized Up a 1/2 Size)

Wearing a button-up shirt tied over a dress is a fun and playful way to add some layers and create a unique outfit. When choosing a shirt to tie over a dress, look for a lightweight and loose-fitting shirt. A button-up shirt made of cotton or linen is a good option, as it will be breathable and comfortable to wear.

If you’re in the market for a white shirt, check out my Classic White Button Down Shirts for Women Over 50 post. But, I’m in love with the style, fit, and fabric of this lightweight shirt. I can already tell that this will be the button-up shirt I reach for most this spring and summer.

I’ve had the Michael Kors linen handbag for a while, and it is still one of my favorites. Sadly, it sold out quickly. What I love about it, especially, is the rope handle. Here’s a much cheaper version.

This isn’t as dressy, but did I mention it’s not nearly as expensive?! Tote bags are all the rage, so you really can’t go wrong. This version is just $10!

Here’s another version. I love the tan and white combo—very Martha’s Vineyard. lol. If you don’t like this one, there are several color combinations at the link—under $20!

6. A Kimono Looks Great Over A Casual Black Dress For Spring

Can I wear a black dress to a spring or summer wedding?

Can you believe this is the same tank dress? Adding this gorgeous statement Kimono to the dress gives the look a dressy, polished look. This outfit would look great for a date night, a business meeting, going to church, or wearing as a wedding guest.

The Kimono is just a hair longer than the dress. I chose to wear TOMS Espadrille Wedge Heels rather than a pair of black pumps to show you a style of shoe for an outdoor wedding. A wedge heel still looks dressy enough for a wedding, but you won’t have to worry about your heel getting stuck in the grass.

You don’t have to wear the same thing I’m wearing. That’s good news since mine is no longer available, lol. No fear – here’s a gorgeous option! It’s very inexpensive and comes in a ton of other colors and prints.

Here’s another gorgeous version. This one is longer, and I like the green a lot. The main reason I shared this one is that it’s got such nice long sleeves! I know that many of you want more coverage, so this is for you. There are other colors at the link, and it’s very reasonably priced.

This Chain Strap Small Satchel Bag looks very similar to a designer bag, but at a fraction of the cost. I chose this beige color since it will go with almost anything.

7. Add A Pop Of Color To A Black Dress For A Spring Wedding

How can I add pops of color to a black outfit for spring or summer?

I love wearing pink with black, and this Double Breasted Blazer in Neon Berry elevated this look out the roof! When anyone asks me if I can wear a black dress to a spring or summer wedding, I always say yes. Just add some bright colors to your jacket or accessories!

The double-breasted blazer hits me right below my hips, and that is a flattering length. My hot pink pumps are many years old, and I still wear them every year. While this exact pair is no longer available, I found a similar pair here. 

I know that not everyone loves to wear high heels, so I’ve included this gorgeous, low-heel option. The sling-back would add a beautiful pop of color to the dress or any pair of black pants. These are under $40 dollars, and of course, there are several other colors at the link.

Well, are you ready to take the little black dress to the next level? Wear it one of these ways or all of them. You’ll get your money’s worth and look amazing in the process!

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78 Comments

  1. I will need the Walmart one

  2. Love the different looks! Could you link some of the necklaces? Thanks!

    1. Mary Ann, I think most of them are sold out and that’s why I didn’t link them.

  3. Susan Weston says:

    Love the versatile looks!

  4. I love posts like this, lessons in styling for me. Many thanks!

  5. Elaine Cray says:

    I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your posts everyday. It has inspired me, uplifted me by your daily Bible verses, and assured me how fashion is ageless and at age 72 I Have developed
    more confidence in choosing my wardrobe and accessories to match. God Bless you and Joe as you have brought so much happiness and joy to others!

    1. Elaine, this comment is fabulous!!! Thank you so much.

  6. Walmart version is nice.

  7. Love the scarf with the plain black dress.

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    1. Thanks! I figured they needed something specific.

  9. Annette Swan says:

    I am guessing that all of these ideas would work great with a solid navy blue dress. I was looking for a way to dress up a navy dress for a wedding. I like the kimono and scarf idea. I would never have thought of that myself.

    1. Yes, it will work with any color.

  10. Kerry Ann Prodorutti says:

    I have to get to Walmart – I need a new black dress!

  11. Kerry Ann Prodorutti says:

    I love the idea of a graphic tee over a black dress! Never would have thought of that!

  12. Ginger Hiller says:

    Thanks to your earlier recommendation, I have the same little black dress. It has taken me all day to get through the whole post and I’m so glad I finally succeeded. The look with the hot pink jacket is WOW! After seeing that look, I now want to find me a casual hot pink jacket that fits my lifestyle so that I can sort of recreate that look. Please tell me about the necklace you are wearing. In the past when I’ve tried to tie a top, it’s looked pathetic. That’s something that I need to work on.

    1. Ginger, it was a long post! Lol! I’m not sure which necklace you’re talking about. If it is the colorful one, that was from Chico’s, and it is several years old.

      1. Ginger Hiller says:

        Thank you Tania! I bet that I can find a colorful long necklace that will add the perfect touch to the outfit. Oh, I ordered a hot pink jean jacket from Amazon last night that fits my style. My fingers are crossed that it fits because I have so many items in my closet that I can pair it with.

  13. Great ideas on how to change the looks of a black dress. I have looked many times at a denim jacket. It’s time to buy one. Thank you for your ideas.

  14. Stella Gustafson says:

    I had been wanting to get a denim jacket but couldn’t find one I liked and when I saw the one you was modeling I ordered it. Thank you for the share

  15. thank you Tania. I have been staring at the little black dress in my closet for 2 weeks. and here I have four denim jackets I could wear with it, a couple shirts I could wear over it and tie. several scarves I’ve not worn in ages. it’s definitely time to keep this post and shop in my closet!

  16. Love the kimono over the black dress!

  17. How tall are you? I am only 5’2” so I wonder if you are taller? Regular sizes especially in tops, are too long for me.

    1. Laura, I’m 5’6″ tall.

  18. Love a little black dress!! The T-Shirt over the dress is a no for me.

  19. Sue Koren says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  20. You are great at putting clothes together and so stylish. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I have several of those Walmart dresses. Mine Fall a little longer on me more like just below the knee. I have done some of those things you suggested with my own dresses. I guess my favorite is the white sneaker and denim jacket look. My legs have not aged beautifully so I prefer to hide as much of them as possible. LOL

  22. Mary-Ellen McKay says:

    LOVE the little black dress post. These are all such great ideas which change the vibe of this simple dress, making it suitable for any occasion.

  23. Wow! Great post… I am so impressed with all the looks! I am getting myself a LBD! Thank you!

  24. Kathy Fishbaugh says:

    I am loving your page and all the great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Roberta Schwandner says:

    I love the kimonos!

  26. Enjoyed all of the different “atmospheres” with the black dress! I love that you keep things for years, if it’s stuff you really like!

  27. Julie Lozano says:

    Tania, you worked wonders with that Tank dress from Walmart! But in all reality, YOU could make a burlap sack look good! Great ideas. I have a simple black tank dress from Loft that I plan on sprucing up with some of your ideas. 🥰
    Tania, have you ever considered creating a YouTube channel? Your daily blog is so fabulous that if you turned it into a daily YouTube channel, you’d make a lot of ladies happy!! I know my mom and would love it. I’m sure you’d be an internet sensation!
    Just my two cents. 🌺🌷
    Have a blessed weekend.
    Julie. 😎

    1. Julie, guess what??? I have a YouTube channel, but no one really watched it, so I quit doing it since it was a lot of work.

  28. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your style! So happy I came across you on social media!! I’m over 50 (60), still feeling young, living an active life, and not wanting to be frumpy! Keep the fashion ideas coming! ❤️

    1. Pamela, I’m happy you stumbled over to the blog! I’m in my 60s now too, even though I started the blog when I was 55.

  29. Thank you for this wonderful post! Such great ideas!!!

  30. I love black dresses and have several of them thanks for showing all the ways that they can be brought into spring and worn different ways especially like the kimonos you show

  31. I have the same dress…very versatile!!! Happy Friday❤❤❤

  32. I have never purchased clothing at Walmart but your posts are inspiring me to give it a go – especially with the trendy items! Thank you – my hubs will really thank you😂😂

    1. Terry, years ago I wouldn’t have bought anything at Walmart, but they upped their game!

  33. Jenniffer Groski says:

    Love the styling ideas to make my black dresses more fresh.

  34. So many ways to style one dress. Thank you.

  35. Great looks and affordable options. Thank you

  36. Some great ideas that I would have never thought of. I invested in a few kimonos last year and love them. So easy to roll and pack when traveling and they take up very little space in the suitcase.

  37. Janice Nagle says:

    I like the fresh new ways to style a black dress. I would not have though of these, but they work!

  38. I have this dress. Thanks for all the ideas. Especially like the pink blazer with it. Tell me more about the shoes you’re wearing in the picture with the denim jacket.

    1. Barbara, those were some shoes I bought from Walmart last year. I don’t think they are available now.

  39. Judith Truesdale says:

    I enjoy your posts. I like that show items that are varied price ranges. I was trying to gather ideas for wearing and accessorizing my black tank dress. Very helpful

  40. Yes! Thank you. I’ve been staring at my LBD trying to figure out how to wear it in fresh ways. The graphic T was a surprise way but I love the look. And the first pair of shoes you show with the dress…I have those and no, I wouldn’t have thought of wearing them with black. Very useful and timely post. Can’t wait to try some of these looks out!

  41. Love your posts! Love a tank dress… and a denim jacket with everything! The Nikes are so cute on everyone but my feet are too wide for them (all Nikes, Lol). My favorite brand is New Balance 😁🥰

  42. stephanie weeks says:

    Love it. I was just thinking about how to spice up black dresses

  43. I like the denim jacket with the black dress

  44. Laura Terry says:

    I have followed you for years and love your fashion ideas. Your style has really evolved over the years and fits in well with my retired lifestyle. I ordered the Wrangler jacket today.

    1. I hope it has evolved for he better. Lol!

  45. I love these ideas!! Love the pop of colors. I needed this!!

  46. Kerri White says:

    Love the kimonos with the black dress

  47. Jennifer S says:

    I always love a LBD! There is so much you can do with it and so many looks!

  48. On another note…..will you do a post on the “Coastal Grandma” look that seems to be making the rounds on Pinterest and other bloggers sites?

    1. Teresa, I know that style was trending last year, I’ve not look at it this year.

  49. I always shy away from black in summer. I feel like I LIVE in it, in the winter. Great ideas.

  50. Love these simple not too expensive ideas.

    1. Great ideas! Some I would have never thought of! Thanks, Tania!

  51. I’m not sure when I first started watching and following you but a lot of things are repeated lately. I have seen this one with the black dresses before even though it’s very good ideas.

    1. Deanne, bloggers usually update older posts that are popular and helpful. I’m thrilled that YOU are someone who has been following me for a long time, but I have many new followers who have not seen this content. When I update a post, the links are updated along with the information and new items are added.

    2. I thought everything seemed familiar.

  52. Tania, great ideas for a little black dress! I do love the denim jacket and the kimono and of course a colorful blazer! Thank you for a wonderful post! Lots of great ideas!! Have a blessed day!

    1. You know I love adding a pop of color!

  53. Mary Kinard says:

    I have this tank dress from Walmart and I love the way it fits! Excited to style it with the graphic tee and the kimono!

  54. Great Post!! I loved all of the reminders of changing the look of a basic black dress!

  55. Wow! Each one of those outfits looks amazing!

    1. Thanks! There are so many ways you can change up the outfit.

      1. Thank you for your creative styling of a simple black dress! Looking forward to using your inspiration this summer.

  56. Jan Rumminger says:

    Thanks for the great inspiration. I have the same black dress and have been having a inner dialog w myself about packing it away for the fall. I’ll keep it out now.

    1. Oh, goodness! You can wear this style of dress year round. I have it in black and white striped and navy and white also. I love how versatile they are.