Wearing all black is not a fashion choice — it’s a lifestyle. Here’s everything you need to know about rocking your favorite shade 24/7, 356 days a year.
New Yorkers wear black as their unofficial uniform.
Goths are also heavily into the color.
French people find it to be one of the chicest on the palette.
So how do you get away with all black without looking like you’re doing tech crew for your local high school production of Annie?
In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips and tricks for wearing all black while still looking as chic as possible.
Remember, though, however you choose to dress yourself is up to you. So these are only a few of our style tips to keep you looking fabulous.
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1. Make Sure Your Blacks Match
Have you ever pulled out a black skirt and a black top and went to wear them together and realized they don’t actually match? That happens a lot. It can be because the companies that created the items are different, or it can be because one of them has faded in the wash.
If you do wear two black separate items together, they should match so that you don’t look like you’re attempting to wear a matching outfit and failing.
2. Invest in a High-Quality Black Bag
Black bags are a fashion staple that will never go out of style. So if you want to wear all black, make sure you have the perfect black bag to go with it. A chic and timeless bag can pull your look together and make you look as though your all black ensemble is curated, instead of thrown together.
3. Invest in a Black Jacket
A black jacket, either a short one or a winter jacket, will be a go-to you’ll pull off your shelf again and again. Not only will they look great with an all black outfit, but they’ll also look great with outfits of other colors.
Use them to tie a black outfit together, or to tone down an outfit of another color.
4. Wear Fitted Clothing
Black is a notoriously slimming color. This is fantastic for you because it means that you can wear clothes that are more fitted to your body. When picking out a black outfit, don’t get something that’s shapeless and sloppy, that way you’re sure to look as though the outfit was thrown together.
Instead, pick out clothing that hugs your body appropriately. When buying black clothing, if you find a piece you’ve fallen in love with, don’t be afraid to get it altered.
Yes, getting pieces tailored takes a little bit of time out of your day and costs a little bit of money. It’s not the most convenient thing in the world, but black items are often staple pieces. As such, you’ll want pieces that hug your body expertly.
5. Choose Colorful Accessories
If you want to make a statement with a beautiful new necklace, a pair of shoes or a colorful bag, using yourself as a black and blank canvas is a great way to make them pop.
Wearing all black will definitely make your clothing stand out, and you’ll look chic and effortless.
6. Don’t Pile on Black Scarves and Ensure Some of Your Neck is Showing
If you wear an all black ensemble, you’ll want to ensure that you have at least some skin showing up top. While turtle necks or mock turtle necks are fine, as some of your neck is showing, bogging yourself down in a black scarf as well can make the outfit look frumpy.
Instead of a black scarf, wear a colorful scarf, again, using the black outfit as the canvas.
If you’d rather look chick in all black, go for it, but make sure there is some skin showing on your neck.
7. Get Bold with the Make-Up
Because a black ensemble is neutral, you can go bigger with your make-up and make a statement. If you’re someone who loves a bold lip color, try one out with your all black look. A red lip, especially, will make your look pop and ensure you draw attention to your face.
8. Make the Black Work For You
If you love all black, make it work harder for you by transitioning from day to night with it. Instead of just wearing an all black outfit to work or for a night out, bring it from day to night with different accessories and make-up looks.
This way, if you’re leaving for work in the morning, but have an event later in the evening, you can just change up a few things. Bring your make-up kit and make a bolder eye and lip.
Bring a change of shoes and go from flats to heels.
For a bigger statement, bring some jewelry and change from a simplistic and professional daytime look to a louder and brasher nighttime look. Go from your stud earrings to hoops, and you’ll look like you’ve put in a lot more effort than you have.
Wearing All Black
Wearing all black is a lifestyle for some. For others, it is something they only experiment with once in a while. So whatever side of the aisle you’re on, make sure that you incorporate some of these tips to keep your blacks on point and looking chic.
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