How to Wear Black Off The Shoulder Dress: Outfit Ideas

For a absolutely beautiful yet minimal look, a black off the shoulder dress is such a great choice. The best way to style the black off-shoulder dress is to wear it as a part of a minimal outfit, and that means no jackets, no vests and no scarves. You just have to choose the right shoes and accessories to match with the cutting of the dress you wear. Just to give you some more concrete ideas, I have put together a list of some beautiful black off the shoulder dress outfit ideas. Let’s check them out.

Black Off The Shoulder Baby Doll Dress

black off the shoulder baby doll dress

I am starting off this list with an adorable look. To achieve this look, you can simply wear a black, short sleeve, off the shoulder baby doll dress. Wear it with black boho style sandals and a nice black purse to complete this beautiful and breezy look.

Black Off The Shoulder Dress with Extra Layer Over Chest


This outfit is a more elegant one that is perfect to wear for dating. Wear a black off the shoulder bodycon midi dress with nude heeled sandals to look chic. The dress has an extra layer around the chest area. That is a little detail that makes the dress look more elegant and it also can be viewed as a cover for flat chested ladies.

Black Off Shoulder Mini Dress with Choker

black off shoulder mini dress with choker

This outfit is a perfect demonstration on how to style a choker. The outfit consists of a black off the shoulder breezy dress and black strappy suede heels. Wear a black choker to match with the strappy design in the shoes. That choker does add a lot of character to the outfit and it takes the outfit to the next level.

Long Sleeve Off The Shoulder Bodycon Dress

long sleeve off shoulder bodycon dress

For a more feminine and mature look, you can wear a long sleeve off-shoulder bodycon knee-length dress. Pair it with black strappy heeled sandals. That would have been a nice looking outfit already. But if the goal is to look a little more mature and powerful, wear a statement necklace to provide the final touch.

Scallop Hem Off The Shoulder Black Dress

scallop hem off the shoulder black dress

Most of the case, scallop hem applies to the bottom edge of a dress, but this one is unique one that appears at the top edge of the dress. You can wear this special looking black flare dress with simply black heels and the result is an amazing minimal look.

Maxi High Split Black Dress

maxi high split black dress

This is another outfit that makes you look more ladylike and mature. Just to clarify, my definition for mature has nothing to do with age. By saying mature, I am referring to the depth and wisdom within one self. Anyway, back to this outfit, it consists of a black off-shoulder maxi high split dress with nude heeled sandals. Generally, a maxi dress like this looks better on taller ladies and a mini dress or even a babydoll dress looks more lovely on petite ladies. But as long as you have a nice proportion, the height is not that relevant.

Black Off The Shoulder Ruffle Mini Dress

black off shoulder ruffle mini dress

Sometimes, it is the little details that make the outfit look more remarkable. This black off the shoulder bodycon dress has a ruffle design at the top part. That makes the dress look more elegant and that will also make flat chested ladies look more confident. To complete this outfit elegantly, wear black strappy ballet heels.

Black Fit and Flare Ruffle Dress

black fit and flare ruffle dress miroslava duma

For a lovely and refreshing look, a fit and flare dress is often a good choice. As an example, you can wear this black off-shoulder fit and flare ruffle dress with brown heeled sandals for an adorable look. Wear a subtle choker necklace to add an elegant touch.

Wear with Black Felt Hat & Strappy Flip Flops

black felt hat strappy flip flops

For an artistic and eye catching look, you can wear a off-shoulder black dress with a black felt hat and black knee length gladiator flip flops. Not only the that the pieces are put together perfectly, the details are also so beautiful that makes this outfit such a remarkable one.

Black Off The Shoulder Sweater Dress

black off the shoulder sweater dress

For a ladylike and fragile look, you can wear a black off-shoulder sweater dress. Simply pair it with black suede ballet heels to complete the minimal outfit. A knit sweater dress rarely fails in providing that lovely and fragile look. You should definitely try wearing it if you haven’t tried before. The result is amazing.

Black Shift Dress with Gladiator Sandals

black shift dress gladiator sandals

Here is another outfit that involves the gladiator sandals. This type of sandals are best suited when put together with a breezy dress or a boho style dress. For example, wear them with a black off-shoulder shift dress for a breezy and low-key sexy look.

Black Off The Shoulder Shift Dress with Suede Heels

black off shoulder shift dress suede heels taylor swift

A black dress and black heels is a simple combination that is timeless. It is a minimal outfit that simply looks stunning if you have a nice body proportion. By the way, anyone can be fit if he or she put into the effort. As seen in the picture, a simple black off-shoulder shift dress and black suede heels make an amazing looking outfit.

Black Dress with Gathered Sleeves

black dress with gathered sleeves

Again, it’s the little detail that separates this outfit from the rest. The black off-shoulder dress has a gathered sleeves design. That somehow makes the off shoulder design look more natural. Instead of wearing black shoes, wear white open toe platform heels to achieve a more artistic black and white look.

Button Front Off-Shoulder Dress

button front off shoulder dress

This off shoulder dress has a very interesting button front design. You can simply pair this midi black dress with black ankle strap open toe heels for an elegant look. If you want to see more outfit ideas of similar shoes, you may want to check out our blog post on how to wear black ankle strap heels.

Long Sleeve Black Lace Fit and Flare Dress

long sleeve black lace fit and flare dress

Lace is something that can make you look sexy and beautiful without requiring you to show any skin. This black off-shoulder fit and flare dress is a good example of beautiful usage of lace. You can simply wear the dress with black open toe heels.

So, here are the black off the shoulder dress outfit ideas the I would like to share with you. Make sure you go ahead and try some of the outfits if you think they would look good on you. You usually have only 5 seconds to take action when you want to try new things. If you don’t take any action within the 5 seconds, you would usually go back to your comfort zone. Anyway, have fun styling.