Oh HELLO from the Polar Vortex! It’s about -4847373 degrees here today and I have absolutely no plans to go outside. I hope you are warmer, wherever you are. ?
Anyway, we’re BACK with another style post designed to get you out of your winter clothing rut and inspire you to bring more creativity into getting dressed!
Today’s topic: Wearing all black.
I know–you may be thinking that there is absolutely NO way you can pull off all black. I mean, who are you? A goth? A biker? One of those super cool edgy fashion bloggers who takes photos in front of back alley dumpsters? Or stands in front of steaming pot holes in New York City but seemingly doesn’t get hit by any cars?
NO. You are none of those things. But neither am I. So I promise, you can pull it off too. ?Today I’m sharing 7 outfits (actually, 9, if you count the bonus variables I throw in there) that are head to toe black, but are VERY approachable.
(Don’t believe me? Just wait. You’ll be surprised. Promise.)
How to wear all black
Wearing all black, while it may seem like a daunting idea, is actually very easy and pretty hard to mess up! Of all colors, black always reigns supreme when it comes to versatility, practicality, not to mention–it’s the most widely flattering color on all body types.
My biggest tip is to abide by what I call the Juxtaposition rule in order to avoid looking too harsh or costumey. Play with proportions and mix different styles. Keep reading for lessons on how to to put together your own all black outfits that work for your own personal style!
7 All Black Outfit Ideas for Any Occasion:
Black sweater & leggings for weekend or errands:
Similar leopard hat, cashmere v-neck sweater (on sale for $39!! Runs TTS–I will say I love it and I wear it a lot, and it’s the most affordable cashmere you’ll find, but it doesn’t feel like a $200 cashmere sweater for those who are super particular if you know what I mean. If you’re looking for more reccos–Everlane makes my favorites and they have tons of great staples! Allbirds wool sneakers (TTS), Old leggings (my others were in the wash ?) but I really love Zella’s leggings and Lululemon Align leggings if you’re looking for something that can also double for yoga or a workout, and for warm everyday (non workout) leggings, I LOVE Hue’s brushed seamless fleece-lined leggings!
Not what you were expecting, huh? ?No biker outfits here. Unless I’m going to hop on your motorcycle so you can drop me off at TRADER JOES with my PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE.
I wanted to include one comfy outfit for weekend, running errands, etc, so here it is! This is why I LOVE black so much–even wearing leggings, you still look really cute, chic and pulled together!
Why this outfit works: Because leggings are SO casual (aka basically pajamas) I wanted to class things up a little, so I chose a black v-neck sweater. To disguise unwashed hair, go with a cute hat, and to finish off the look–my favorite sneakers–Allbirds. Not only are they the comfiest shoes ever, but I think they’re more stylish than average sneakers. If you want the comfort of sneakers without all the sportiness, you’ll love Allbirds!
Alternative versions: You could definitely go with some faux leather leggings, or even some velvet leggings here as well. Add a long cardigan for another layer. If hats aren’t your thing, go with a leopard scarf instead! Everlane’s chunky cashmere scarf (it’s sooo warm and soft) would also be super cute!
Black skinny jeans & a black tshirt:
AE Jeans (run small–I’m wearing a 4), vintage tee, similar here, Gucci loafers–but Sam Edelman makes great dupes–no break in required and SO comfy! Run TTS. Old cardigan but love this version and this version. Lot’s more here!
Graphic tees might seem like something only street style bloggers at Fashion Week can pull off ?(I get that.)
I’m not typically the graphic band tee kind of girl, but I actually LOVE my vintage Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon t-shirt. (They have a bunch of similar affordable ones at Forever21, FYI! I never shop there, but spending a lot of money on a graphic tee is just ridiculous, thus, it’s a good option.)
This graphic tee in particular is my favorite because reminds me of my Uncle Mike, who was an INSANELY talented musician and wore graphic band tees before they were cool. He taught me how to appreciate music, and introduced me to a lot of my favorite artists, and I introduced him to Red Hot Chili Peppers ?When I got my license, he would insist on me driving him to work while blasting Dani California on repeat with all the windows down.
I also went through a Pink Floyd phase in college when everyone was doing the whole “play the Dark Side of the Moon album while watching The Wizard of Oz and the soundtrack creepily goes with the movie” thing. (Did anyone else do that? ?) I also had a “The Wall” poster in my dorm room. I was COOL, guys.
ANYWAY–memory lane aside–you can totally wear any black tshirt with this outfit.
I specifically chose a graphic tee to style here because it’s easy to look at them and think “that’s way too edgy for me” but in reality, when it’s paired with the right things, it’s not too edgy at all!
Here’s why it works: Yes, the stereotypical pair for this tee perhaps would’ve been ripped jeans, a moto jacket, and edgy booties–I totally admire this style on other women, but it’s just not my thing. To make it classic and approachable, I paired it with classic high rise skinny jeans, preppy/classic loafers, and a classic grandpa-style cardigan.
I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again–follow the Juxtaposition Rule and you can literally make ANY style work for you!
Black on black for a night out with friends:
Madewell wrap bodysuit (runs TTS but if you’re in between, go with the size up. I’m wearing a small. See a ton of other ways to style it in my capsule wardrobe guide!) Everlane Stretch Cigarette Ankle jeans (TTS, but go up if you want them a little looser), Everlane Day Booties (TTS), old leather jacket–I think Nordstrom has the best leather jacket selection with lot’s of similar styles!
Sometimes the hardest balance to strike is an outfit that is stylish, comfortable, and casual but a litttlee bit dressy. That’s what this outfit accomplishes! It’s perfect for a concert, drinks, etc!
It’s a lot of black, yes, but the low-cut v-neck and cropped pants are showing JUST the right amount of skin. A v-neckline is by far the most widely flattering cut across the board. It draws the eye downward and creates (or emphasizes) an hourglass shape and creates proportion. The leather jacket adds another texture and layer, both which add interest in the outfit.
All black and a statement belt for a date:
Madewell wrap bodysuit (runs TTS but if you’re in between, go with the size up. I’m wearing a small. See a ton of other ways to style it in my capsule wardrobe guide!) BlankNYC Skirt c/o Evereve but is 40% off right now at Nordstrom, so definitely see if they have it in your size there first! It runs TTS. Blondo boots the boots I wear basically every day of winter–they’re cute and waterproof! I don’t have to worry about ruining them in snow–plus, they have a stretchy back, so they can fit all calf sizes! TTS! Gucci belt–love that this budget-friendly one accomplishes the same look though!
A head to toe black ensemble is the PERFECT thing for a night out. I hear from you guys all the time that the struggle is REAL finding date night outfits that strike the right balance of classy, stylish, and a little bit sexy without being over the top. (You are preaching to the choir here ?) So I thought this outfit was the perfect go-to.
Honestly, this is a formula of silhouettes that ALWAYS works. V-neck top, OTK boots, and skirt that isn’t TOO short or too tight. (It just needs to be short enough to provide a little bit of space between the top of your OTK boots and the hem of your skirt.) Adding a cute, but subtle statement belt is basically like adding jewelry to your outfit–plus, it defines your waist, too!
Bonus idea: Add a leather or suede jacket to make it more casual! (Mine is old from Italy, but lot’s here!) Any contrasting color will work here–and yes, if you’re wondering–you CAN wear black and brown together!
All black business casual for work:
Old blouse, but similar top here–Cuyana makes one too–expensive but their items are super high quality! Old ponte pants, but this pair of ponte pants is identical and has great reviews! Similar flats (mine are old) and I really love these pointed toe flats (they come in leopard, which would make this outfit even cuter!) I also love this pretty Sam Edelman version! Also, I have heard SO MANY good things about Rothy’s–Kelly has several pairs and she basically wears nothing else these days! I personally think that pointed toes make this outfit look a bit more refined, but regular ballet flats would totally work here too! Madewell zipper top transport tote–the best all-purpose tote EVER.
Some people may feel that head to toe black clothes are too harsh or extreme for the office, but that is not at ALL true! The reason this works and doesn’t look “harsh” is because of how flowy (and feminine) the top is, juxtaposed with the form-fitting skinny cut of the ponte pants. If you aren’t into bows, Everlane’s silk blouse (my favorite!) would work perfectly with this look as well.
I also went with some pointed toe ballet flats, because I tend to think pointed toe flats are more flattering than rounder toes–although, I still LOVE a rounded toe ballet flat. Either would be lovely here! Another adorable shoe option would be some cap-toe block heels like these, or these!
Chic, unfussy all black for breakfast with friends or other weekend fun!
Chunky black turtleneck: Marked down!! It’s c/o Everlane, runs big–wearing size S but probably could’ve gone XS. Supposed to be oversized though! This Topshop version is similar and also super cute! If you want something a bit more form-fitting, I would highly recommend Everlane’s cashmere turtleneck! I also love this longer tunic version. Old ponte pants, but this pair of ponte pants is identical and has great reviews! Sam Edelman loafers (30% off!!)–they are SO comfy. No break in! Run TTS. I’ve worn them a TON on the blog, just search “leopard loafers.” I also love them in black–great Gucci dupes!
I basically live in black turtlenecks these days. I was having brunch with my friend Liz last weekend who said, “I need at least 5 black turtlenecks for every day of the week–they’re just going to be my new uniform and it’s going to be a thing. And I’m into it.”
I couldn’t agree more. Well, this is one of my most worn black turtlenecks–it’s from Everlane and I love that it’s chunky and a little bit longer so it’s great to wear with leggings, but it’s not TOO long that you can’t do a little front tuck when you wear it with jeans, skirts, etc! (Want to see five more ways to wear it? Head to my story highlights!)
You’ve heard me sing the praises of ponte pants, yeah?
They’re basically like leggings, but a lot thicker and sturdier, so they’re totally appropriate to wear places that you wouldn’t wear leggings–but these totally FEEL like leggings–so that’s a win ?Anyway, I think everyone knows by now how great ponte pants are for the office, but they rarely remember they can work for casual outfits too–so I wanted to showcase that here! (This makes them excellent candidates for travel!)
I also chose to pair this all black ensemble with my favorite leopard loafers for a pop of pattern, but if it’s too cold to wear loafers, you can totally wear this with boots–brown or black would work! Just make sure if you’re wearing all black, you add a scarf or something with a pop of pattern or another color (camel/brown/tan, etc would be great) to make it more interesting.