Walk down any British high street, and a sea of all-black outfits will present itself in an instant. However, just because there are plenty of jet-black ensembles populating the pavements it doesn't mean they're automatically great. Every girl with a fashion pulse—aka you, dear reader—knows all too well that the success of a black outfit lies in the details. Whether that's down to carefully curated fabric contrasts or a strong focus on interesting silhouettes, there's an art to pulling together those seemingly simple getups that minimalists (and we've noticed, in particular, Australian women) do so well.
Now seems as good a time as any to revisit the all-black outfit and seek out the modern iterations that can make your wardrobe's trustiest basics come to life once more. What are the subtle all-black outfit tweaks that can throw you into the limelight and into newness? We have answers. Thanks to a bevvy of blogging pros, we've decoded some fast-track outfit formulas to add extra power to this pigment. Keep reading to see the standout looks in question. Welcome back to the dark side.
Style Notes: This is a great choice if you're looking for an all-black smart-casual evening look. Take your cue from Jeanette Madsen and tuck a balloon-sleeve blouse into high-rise, wide-leg trousers. Finish off the look with a fun beaded bag and you're good to go.
Style Notes: To update a classic black-jacket-and-trouser combo, try adding an unexpected accessory. Pernille Teisbaek styled her wardrobe staples with delicate jewellery and a pearl topped hair band.
Style Notes: The fact that Tamu's fashion USP is bright hues and vivid prints makes her black outfit all the more impactful.The moral of the story being, it pays to throw a style curveball every once in a while.
Style Notes: Take a leaf from Freddie Harrel's look and use velvet and leather to create the perfect noir fabric contrast.
Style Notes: Looking for a little costume drama? Then make like Maja Wyh and layer decadent satin ruffles over jeans and boots—it's an advanced take on the dress-over-denim movement.
Style Notes: That's right, French girls give all-black outfits the nod, too. Thigh-high boots and a roll neck jumper dress—we'd expect nothing less from Camille.
Style Notes: But what if you want an all-black party outfit? Well, then look to Natasha. She's paired sumptuous textures and detailing to great effect.
Style Notes: Slip dresses and blazers will forever be a formula loved by the style set. Débora ups the ante with her oversized shades, red lip and minimal white strappy sandals.
Style Notes: From desk to dinner, this tailored combination has the elements you need. Soraya Bakhtiar's suit means business, but the polka-dot top hints toward party time.
Style Notes: Ada Oguntodu lifts her T-shirt and cropped trouser pairing with tiny flashes of white on her shoes and top. Effortless yet undeniably cool.
Style Notes: Leather black dresses have become a wardrobe mainstay for many—make yours work year-round by wearing it with backless mules and a straw bag like Vanessa Wong.
Style Notes: Monikh doesn't do outfits by halves; look closer and you'll see her midi dress boasts a beautiful devoré finish and feather cuffs. Stunning.
Style Notes: The most effective way to set pulses racing? Black suiting worn sans top. Make like Lindsey Holland and keep accessories to a minimum for optimum understatement.
Style Notes: We can always count on Aimee Song to raise the glamour bar high. Her rhinestone belted jacket and vinyl miniskirt were made to be worn together.
Style Notes: Look for black printed pieces to help break up your ensemble. Lizzy's python-print strides feel so 2019.
Style Notes: Symphony of Silk's Lorna knows accessories can make any outfit look infinitely cooler, which is likely why she chose this baker boy hat to finish her all-black ensemble.
Style Notes: Who needs a dress for your next night out when an oversized blazer does the same trick? Evangelie's sheer tights and ankle-strap shoes further enhance the sultry vibe.
Now, see what every London girl has in her cold-weather wardrobe.
Hannah Almassi is the editor in chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was hired to launch a UK sister site and social channels, localise content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 15 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times and MatchesFashion.com, among many others.
Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy toddler and highly Instagrammable cat.
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