Mary Alice also gives the black dress an edge with some tough pearls. "Pearls are not so precious anymore. We're seeing pearls mixed with chains, pearls mixed with studs," she says. "Great way to kind of glam up all those little black dresses we have in our closet."
Dress: Theory, Macy's; jacket: Rachel by Rachel Roy, Macy's; shoes: Be & D Shoes Kan Kan sandal, Zappos.com; necklace: Fenton, FentonUSA.com; ring: Kara Ross, Macy's; pantyhose: Donna Karan, Macy's; purse: Christian Louboutin pillow clutch, NeimanMarcus.com