Fashion insiders often refer to the little black dress as a sartorial workhorse. It is a must-have item in any woman's wardrobe because there will always be an occasion to wear it. It travels well and is always a worthy fallback option for those what-to-wear dilemmas or last-minute functions.

But if you've worn yours out more times than you care to count, the LBD is also the perfect blank canvas that allows for quick style updates with one or two items you might already have in your closet.

Here are a few suggestions for giving an old favourite a fresh look that will never have you uttering those words, "What, this old thing?"



Embroidered stars velvet jacket, $139, Zara and

One of the easiest and quickest updates for the LBD is to throw a jacket over it. Not just any jacket but look for one with embellishment of some sort - sequins, beading, silk tassels. Also look for a jacket that is loose fitting or roomy (this one is A-line) - it  will most likely fit over any black sheath dress and acts like a shawl.

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