My daughter is a teenager. How can we possibly shop in the same store? I’m always worried that my hemlines are too short, while she never thinks her dresses are short enough. But jackets, vests, sweaters and trendy accessories are not always age-specific, and these items can be paired with a little black dress in any style.
Never spend lots of money on trendy accessories. Mix trends with classics. And shoes and purses are fair game for all ages. Now that my daughter and I wear the same shoe size, we can get two pairs instead of one and call it a huge savings. Are you following my argument? (I guess rationalizing a purchase knows no age.)
All of these looks were created at shops at Carriage Crossing. My daughter is just beginning her collection of little black dresses, while I may be adding a few accessories to an understated dress I already have. All of these looks, while I’ll defer to my daughter on the shorter hemlines, demonstrate that a little black dress can go from day to night with only a few accessories. (Added bonus? Sometimes it’s nice to update the wardrobe without breaking the bank!)
Check out this holiday medley combining the little black dress, layered accents and well-planned accessories for day-to-night harmony with a little crescendo! This dress can be worn in multiple ways, from casual to date night. To dress down the tuxedo dress, add an American Eagle pale pink shimmer loop scarf and a pair of black tights.
To give this style dress a daytime look, wear with the American Eagle crystal button cardigan in black and accessorize it with the draped chain necklace, as shown below.
Paired with a shimmered tweed jacket in gray and an ombre rhinestone necklace, this dress can go from day to night.
Charming Charlie also offers a simple, little black dress that can go from day to night.
Add a black cardigan for day, along with a black rope belt and black and gold accessories. To make this style dress ready for your holiday party, remove the belt and cardigan and switch out the purse for a black clutch and you are ready to go
This strapless dress from Express can easily go from day to night adding just a few accessories. By day, wear this dress with the Studio Stretch Peplum Studio Jacket. A simple silver sculpted hoop pendant necklace finishes off this look.
To wear this style dress to a party, just remove the blazer and add a chunky silver rope necklace and silver bangle bracelets.
With more than 70 stores to choose from, a mother-daughter shopping day at Carriage Crossing offers trends and ideas for all ages, and the pedestrian-friendly setting of this open-air shopping center makes for a pleasant break from work or the frenzied pace of running errands by car all day.
(Photography today by Kelli Eason)