One thing I never do is wear all black. I am likely one of the only women who doesn’t have a little black dress tucked away in her closet. Instead I always, ALWAYS, opt for a statement dress, preferably with bright colors and bold patterns. When shopping at Beacons Closet (a favorite consignment shop in NY), my sister spotted this shirt, and 30 minutes later spotted this skirt. Despite loving both pieces I still had to be convinced to buy them both and it took me months to finally wear them together. I added a pop of color to the adjustment a bit easier.
Recreate this look: