How To Wear All Black Without Looking Boring

To that end, we rounded up some of the best celeb ensembles to help show you the ropes.


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Tip 1: Push For Peplum

Use the subdued color palette to play with interesting silhouettes like Nina Garcia’s tailored Balenciaga peplum jacket. We also particularly love her Alexander Wang mules, which feel like a fresh alternative to classic pumps.

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Tip 2: All For Furry

We love how black allows you to go a little over-the-top with your ensemble. Why stop at only one furry piece when you can wear two? For example: Olivia Palermo doubled up with a Club Monaco Kenzie Faux Sweatshirt ($120) and Felder Felder coat at a Club Monaco store opening in New York City.


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Tip 3: Put A Belt On It

Black is already slimming, but why not multiply the effect by belting your onyx-hued ensemble to define your waist? Vogue Paris Editor-In-Chief, Emmanuelle Alt, had the right idea outside the S/S 14 Balenciaga show, when she wore a cinched quilted leather jacket. Get more tips on belting your outerwear here.

Tip 4: Get Graphic

A graphic tee like the floral Givenchy top Doutzen Kroes wore to an Interview magazine party is an ideal way to add a dose of cool to your monochrome outfit.


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Tip 5: Fringe Benefits

Nicole Richie is no stranger to an eye-catching outfit. At a David Webb luncheon, the designer and actress paired a Maison Martin Margiela vest with a Wolford Merino Luxe Pullover ($340), Rick Owens coat, David Webb choker, and Celine oxfords for a look that was anything but boring.


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Tip 6: Edgy Is Your Middle Name

An all-black ensemble lends itself nicely to a downtown look, a la Gisele Bundchen. Copy her off-duty outfit with a graphic sweatshirt (she’s wearing Kenzo), ripped skinny jeans, and a pair of zippered boots.


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Tip 7: Sheer Advantage

If all-black feels a little too heavy, take a page out of Poppy Delevingne’s style playbook. At ELLE’s 20th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration, the model tucked a sheer Victorian-inspired blouse into an Andrew Gn skirt for an airy effect.



Tip 8: Accessorize With Abandon

To jazz up an all-basics outfit, simply pile on the accouterments. We’re quite taken with Amber Le Bon’s combination of a scarf, layered necklaces, and statement purse.

Tip 9: Bejeweled Is Better

The Christopher Kane suit Alexa Chung wore to the 30th Annual Night Of Stars event came with jeweled accents, but the idea is easy to imitate by adding your own sparkly pins, such as Kenneth Jay Lane’s Silver-Tone Crystal Beetle Brooch ($32).

Tip 10: Add A Statement Piece

Bondage-inspired leather leggings like Karolina Kurkova’s GLAW Berlin pair would look costume-y in any other color, yet as part of an all-black ensemble the effect is utterly sophisticated. An H&M Dinner Jacket ($50) and Alexander Wang tee completed the model’s look for the Mademoiselle C premiere in New York City.


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Tip 11: Play With Textures

The beauty of all-black? You can mix textures without fear of creating an overly busy ensemble. Notice how Zina Charkoplia of Fashion Vibe blended fringe, leather, and suede in one uber chic outfit.

3.1 Phillip Lim Quinn Loafers With Stones ($695)

3.1 Phillip Lim Laser-Cut Crepe Shorts ($395)