There is nothing wrong with wearing an all-black outfit from time to time – it is the chicist “colour” after all! Whilst putting on an all black outfit can feel easy and almost like a fashion no-brainer, there are a few important styling tips to keep in mind if you want to keep your fashion edge.
What are they? Read on for the best ways to keep an all black outfit interesting…
1. Think about texture
Far and away the easiest way to keep an all black outfit interesting is by incorporating one or two eye-catching textures into the total look. Treat these item/s like an accent piece to stand out against your otherwise “flat” ensemble. It may be a richly-toned black nubby jacket, a rockstar-esque faux fur vest, a sleek black leather skirt, or a slinky silk scarf.
The trick here is to choose one main alternate texture (two at the most) and let it carry the weight of your monotone outfit.
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2. Play with proportion
Have fun with an all black outfit by choosing one item to wear that has an unusual proportion (generally this will be oversized or cropped). Think: an over-sized jumper, a comfortable coat, a maxi skirt, culottes, or perhaps it will be an Ellery-style blouse with eye-catching flared sleeves.
Stick to only one item that’s playing with proportion, too many more and you may get noticed for all the wrong reasons…..
3. Set about a statement shoe
Located in every fashionista’s style arsenal is at least one pair of statement heels. If the weather permits, opt for a heel that features some interesting cut-outs, or is designed in such a way so that the skin underneath peeks through. This will create an artwork on the foot so to speak!
Olivia Palermo is one of our style icons who uses this trick pretty much constantly. Not only will this statement shoe break up your all black look, the wow-factor it generates is instant fashion cred and and will get the eyes off an otherwise plain outfit.
4. Show some skin
If it’s an all-black evening look, consider showing some skin in an unexpected place. Cut-out shoulders are trending (though you’ll certainly need a jacket in winter), as are backless shirts and slinky blouses. It is possible to bring a little more nuance into a revealing look than simply stripping back your décolletage, though this is known to work too!
For day, consider a contrasting top under a blazer, a lace camisole under a leather jacket, or a sheer knit with jeans. Anything unexpected.
5. Modernise via movement
This is one of my favourite tricks for dressing, that is not limited to all-black outfits. Create an effortless mood (I know that sounds oxymoronic but go with it) by wearing one item that moves very freely around the body.
Perhaps it’s a long scarf, an unbelted trench coat, or some soft wide-legged pants. Not only does the item elegantly swoosh when you walk (catching the eye), it visually breaks up your monotone outfit whilst lending a sort of nonchalance as well. To avoid looking swamped in flowy clothing, it’s easiest to stick to just one moving piece. I personally like to keep my legs sleek, and balance out the top – but like anything in fashion, it pays to experiment!
Are you one for the all-black look? We’d love to know what tricks and tips you use to keep it interesting!