How to Wear All-Black without Looking Drab

Wearing all-black doesn’t have to look austere. In fact, wearing black on black is the most timeless outfit combination you may go for to create a classy look. French women are heralded for it, street-style bloggers have mastered it, and it’s a go-to look when you’re in a hurry. So, keep on reading for our guidelines for you to master the art of wearing all-black everything.

Go for a flattering fit.

all black jumpsuit with stilettos

little black bodycon dress with statement sandals leather jacket with all black outfit

Black may be slimming, but it won’t do the tricks for you if your outfit is ill-fitting. To highlight your womanly curves, think of a body con dress, skinny jeans, or a waist-cinching dress that will look flattering for you. If you have big hips, balance your skinny jeans with a cropped leather jacket that will add some volume to your top part while highlighting your slim waist. Also, avoid wearing oversized ensembles head-to-toe in an all-black scheme as it won’t look flattering.

Opt for striking silhouettes.

architectural leather skirt with cropped sweater romantic top and pants with structured blazer black peplum top with boxy culottes

Minimalists believe in the power of a simple outfit. Black naturally creates a bold silhouette with this solid tone. To enhance the silhouette, pick items that create interesting lines such as culottes, architectural dresses, boxy tops, wide-leg pants, peplum tops, bell sleeves, and long pencil skirts. Like fashion blogger Micah Gianneli, think of an architectural skirt that will look great with a fitted top. Or, opt for a ruffled top instead of a plain tank top that will look creative with your blazer and dressy trousers. Choosing pieces with swooping lines will create a dramatic silhouette while also flattering the natural lines of your body.

Incorporate texture to your outfits.

lace corset top woth edgy vest and skinny jeans choker with all black outfit and fur coat all black outfit with chic clutch

Create standout looks with just one color by incorporating texture to your outfits. A black-on-black outfit will look flat if you wear the same fabric from head to toe. So, think of leather, sequins, velvet, brocade, lace, wool, embroidery, denim, or faux fur that will add some dimension to your outfit while also creating a look of upscale luxury. Like fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur, juxtapose your edgy leather jacket with a sheer lace dress that will keep your style feminine and chic.

Add some pop of color.

yellow scarf with cut out dress and mules pink sandals with black outfit all black urban outfit with cobalt blue bag

To avoid looking like a mass of black fabric, add color. A cobalt blue bag here and a pair of hot pink sandals will break up your one-tone outfit while adding some flair. Just pick out your boldest accessories, and put them on display. After all, they do have the perfect backdrop. Like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan, you may even think of tying a printed silk scarf to your black bag to add some pop of color while keeping your outfit monochromatic. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to wear all-black in stylish and creative ways.

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