We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you that you’re in a win-win situation with an all black outfit. This is the most flattering of colours and when it comes to chic, it really can’t help itself – it can’t be beaten.
Some of our favourite staples have rocked noir for years. What doesn’t go with a biker jacket, for instance? Throw it over flimsy chiffon or a thin-strap silk dress, or stick to its common partners black skinnies and balance with cut-out ankle boots. Back in the sixties Marianne Faithfull defined the leather jumpsuit in The Girl on a Motorcycle, and as the film title transitioned into Naked Under Leather in some countries, we feel she proved her point.
Then there’s the little black dress outfit, beloved by cocktail drinkers for centuries and by Audrey Hepburn/Givenchy fans since Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Play it straight or diversify with sequins and cut-outs; alternatively add a fringe like Stella McCartney’s. Alexa Chung turned hers into a sundress but you could go the opposite way with transparent sleeves. Introduce leather panels or accessorise with strings of pearls.
Kit yourself out in black faux-leather in the form of a wrap-around midi or pleats. Finish with sunglasses and a round clutch, or go smooth in velvet pleats instead. Exude cool in a dark blazer, jeans and a fedora or team sooty lace with satin pants. Top black wide-leg trousers or palazzos with a short tee or pull oversize cashmere over an ebony mini and loafers. That’s how you put together an all black outfit.
Customise a black top or kimono with a fringe or cinch a charcoal shirt-dress. Match dark leather shorts with an embellished knit and drag around an oversize bag, or opt for a fuzzy-bordered black slouchy coat. Introduce knee-high socks to a flippy mini, and use different textures to appease opposing inky hues.
Rock a crop top, shorts and long vest in shades of night or flaunt mesh over a short dress. This colour’s a natural for the season’s sheer trend so experiment with layers, lengths and textures. Keep warm in a black double-breasted peacoat of wool or conversely, embrace the sun in a PVC skirt and biker boots.
Grace Hoddington calls black a “clean palate” that leaves her free for higher matters such as work. We can’t argue with that – who would dare? But we humbly suggest that it provides a clear palette and a blank canvas too. With black outfits you never go completely wrong. So what are you waiting for?
The featured photo is of Jenny Tsang. That black dress paired with that bag and those boots… Stunning.
Dress: Anine Bing, Boots: Dolce Vita, Bag: Chanel. Black Outfits.
Dare to wear a fringed leather skirt this season like Alexandra Pereira. This item will not only add endless edge to your look, it’s also a brilliant way to wear the all black trend.
Skirt: Astars, Top: Anine Bing, Clutch: Mola Sassa, Sunglasses: Fendi.
Christine Andrew is killing it in this all black outfit, consisting of an off the shoulder top, distressed denim jeans, and a pair of plum stilettos by Neiman Marcus. This style is perfect for instant street glam.
Top: ILY, Jeans: Nordstrom, Shoes: Neiman Marcus.
Break up an all black outfit with a pair of statement print platforms like this gorgeous faux snakeskin pair by Gucci. Erica Hoida looks ultra chic in this outfit consisting of distressed jeans, a knit sweater and a cute beige mini bag which provides great contrast to the darker tones.
Sweater: Belstaff, Jeans: Rag & Bone,Shoes: Gucci, Bag: Chloe.
Wearing a black playsuit like this one will always guarantee you a cute and understated style. Arielle Nachami adds another layer to her outfit by combining it with a belt and chunky leather shoes for that edgy vibe!
Skirt: Isabel Marant, Tee: LNA, Belt: H&M, Bag: Celine.
There is nothing sleeker than the black on black aesthetic. Darja Barannik wears the look in a cute knitted zip up sweater paired with a super stylish wrap around skirt. A pair of shades finishes off the look, adding those cool girl vibes we all crave!
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Angelica Blick is looking totally sleek in this all black outfit, consisting of a plunge neck tee, a pair of fitted cigarette trousers, and an oversized one-button blazer. Glam this look up by adding a pair of striking stilettos, if you dare!
Jacket: Gina Tricot, Trousers: Sanne Alexandra, Shoes: Zara.
Bo Mulder is looking ultra stylish in this all-black retro style, consisting of a knitted skirt and fringed suede jacket. Finish the look off with ankle boots and a cross body bag to steal Bo’s cute spring style.
Skirt: Ohne, Top: Zara, Jacket: Forever21, Boots: Carlo Pazolini.
Paulien Riemis looks cool and casual in this all black outfit consisting of black jeans, a simple vest top, and an awesome retro style fedora. Choose to jazz up a simple all black style by wearing a pair of statement shoes like this leopard print pair which we love!
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Sandra Willer has created an awesomely authentic black-on-black style here, pairing an edgy leather mini skirt with a simple black sweater and a matching leather bag. This look is perfect if you’re looking to add some sass to your wardrobe!
Shirt: Monki, Skirt: Stayfash, Bag: Valentino, Shoes: Public Desire.
You’re sure to generate a sleek and sophisticated all black style by wearing a flashy black two piece suit with simple stiletto sandals. We love this androgynous style. Via Jacey Duprie.
Trousers/Blazer: Rag & Bone, Sandals: Chaos.
Whoever said the colour black couldn’t be summery? This little black dress looks great worn with a cute and stylish leather jacket and a cross body bag. Via Carolina Oscik.
Jacket/Dress: Mango, Shoes: Sarenza, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff.
This killer black on black outfit will guarantee you the attention of everyone you pass! Combining a belted shirt dress with patent leather ankle boots and authentic retro shades, this model has nailed the trend. Via Collagevintage.
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Black on black is the way to go this season! Elsa Ekman wears the style through gorgeous slitted culottes and a shiny leather jacket; we love it!
Jacket: Mango, Shirt: Zara, Blazer: Scotch & Soda, Trousers: Espirit, Shoes: Zalando.
Annabelle Fleur is looking mysterious and seductive in this lacy black maxi dress from Express. Pair a similar dress or skirt combination with black stilettos and simple jewellery to get this look! We love Annabelle’s sexy chic!
Dress: Express, Clutch: Thale Blanc, Shoes: Asos.
Barbora Ondrackova looks absolutely suave in this all black outfit consisting of a cropped leather jacket, skinny black jeans, and punky studded Chelsea boots.
Turtle Neck: American Apparel, Jeans: Topshop, Jacket: River Island, Boots: Givenchy, Bag: Chanel.
Barbora Ondrackova wears all black in this sleek and stylish outfit, consisting of leather leggings, a black cape coat, and a minature black Chanel bag. This look is minimalistic yet sophisticated!
Cape: Missguided , Turtleneck: Proenza Schouler, Leggings: Balenciaga, Boots: Givenchy boots, Bag: Chanel.
Sheryl Luke shows us how a simple black culotte jumpsuit is the perfect way to wear the all black trend! Simple and stylish, this jumpsuit – paired with strappy stilettos and a clutch – is to die for!
Culotte Jumpsuit: Boohoo Petite, Coat: Boohoo Petite.
Jessie Bush combines the all-black trend with the maxi coat trend, in this gorgeous ankle length wrap coat and an oversized knit scarf. We recommend this look for any occasion, whether it be every day leisure wear or for work!
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Figtny wears the all black trend in a sleek and sophisticated manner; creating cool, casual vibes with this turtleneck sweater dress and leather leggings combo.
Coat: Eileen Fiser, Sweater: Hope Grand, Leggings: Aritzia, Boots: Acne, Bag: Celine.
In leather leggings and an oversized blazer, Sarah Ashcroft is bringing a new kind of sex appeal to the all black trend! Punky stilettos such as this Simmi pair are the perfect finish to the look.
Blazer/Choker: H&M, Heels: Simmi, Trousers: Missguided.
Fringed leather jackets are always a winner! Cara Loren wears this gorgeous jacket with an all black outfit consisting of a plain tee, skinny jeans, and ankle boots; a simplistic but sophisticated look.
Jacket/Top: Cara Loren Shop.
Another quirky way to wear the all black trend is through a black fluffy coat, such as this one worn by Josefin Ekström. Pair a statement coat with skinny black denim and ankle boots to recreate this look.
Jacket: Pellobello, Top: IMSO, Shoes: Fashion Nova.
Try wearing the all black trend through a long sleeve mesh shirt and corduroy mini skirt combination, as seen here worn by Nada Adelle. Capturing vibes of both sexy and edgy, this look is ideal for day or night.
Shirt/Skirt: 2020AVE, Bag: LYDC, Boots: Public Desire.
Laura Dittrich keeps in theme with the all black trend in this gorgeous leather pencil skirt and slit detailed black knit top. This look is both simple and highly sophisticated; a great look for the new year!
Sweater: Joseph, Sandals: Mode Collective, Skirt: ASOS, Coat: H&M, Bag: Chloé.
Leather leggings are the perfect choice for an all black look. Maria Kragmann wears a pair with gorgeous Chelsea boots and an oversized blazer from Pepe Jeans.
Coat: Pepe Jeans, Trousers: Asos, Boots: Kurt Geiger, Bag: Chanel.
A black button up will look edgy and androgynous worn with leather trousers and matching black mules. This silk shirt is the perfect mix of sophistication and rocker girl chic. Via Julie Sarinana.
Leather Trousers: J Brand, Mules: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bag: Proenza Schouler.
Nada Adelle rocks the strappy sandal trend in this gorgeous all black outfit consisting of a leather skirt and rip-zipper knitted jumper. This outfit also looks fabulous with flats; try brogues if you want an alternative to heels.
Bomber/Jumper: Ivy Revel, Quilted Skirt: H&M, Heels: Public Desire, Bag: Zara.
It’s definitely getting into scarf season now! Marianna Mäkelä embraces the scarf trend; sticking to an all black theme in a dark, oversized and fringed piece.
Coat: Zara, Scar: Acne, Leggings: BikBok, Bag: Givenchy, Boots: Ralph Lauren, Gloves: H&M.
Leather trousers and monochrome sneakers make the perfect all black ensemble. We recommend Camille Callen’s style of wearing the two with a simple black overcoat and a pair of shades.
Trousers: Mango, Sneakers: Nike Free Run, Coat: Sheinside.
Wear a leather jacket with patent leather boots to get this edgy, punky feel. Via Chriselle Lim.
Dress: Ganni, Jacket: Iro, Boots: Vince, Bag: Fendi.
Switch up traditional gender roles and dare to wear an androgynous style blazer and bralet combination like this by Annabelle Fleur. This look goes great with a pair of simple stilettos.
Blazer: L’agence Antoni, Trousers: Sam Skinny.
Nicoletta Reggio looks sleek and sophisticated in a black trench coat and slacks.
Trench: Saint Laurent, Trousers: Zara, Boots: Asos, Sunglasses: ValleyEyewear.
Johanna Olsson keeps it sweet and simple in a black tee and matching skinnies.
Jeans: Zara, Top: Enza Cozta, Bag: Celine, Shoes: La Strada.
Camille Callen’s all black outfit consists of a chic rain mac, leather trousers, and heeled ankle boots.
Jacket/Blouse/Trousers: Topshop, Scarf: Mango.
Kayla Seah’s all black outfit consists of a funky fringed skirt and androgynous double breasted blazer.
Blazer: Edited, Skirt: Ashanti Brazil, Shoes: Raye.
Nicoletta Reggio rocks the all black trend in cropped trousers and a pair of black brogues.
Shirt/Trousers: Balenciaga, Shoes: Sarenza.it.
Intriguemenow.blogspot wears a black turtle neck dress and simple brogues.
Dress: American Apparel, Waistcoat: Selected.
This oversized black coat looks ultra sophisticated when paired with a black mini dress and Chelsea boots. Via Figtny.
Coat: Third Form, Dress: Aritzia, Ankle Boots: Shoes.com.
Roos-Anne van Dorsten exudes an air of mystery in this all black outfit.
Top: Zara, Trousers: Set Fashion
Try a studded bag and boots to add some edge to your black on black outfit. Via Annabelle Fleur.
Dress: REDValentino, Bag: Saint Laurent.
A leather midi skirt will go a treat with a matching black crop top and heels. Via Angelica Blick.
Heels: Daisy Street, Top: Zara, Skirt: Asos.
An oversized black knit will go perfectly with skinny jeans and ankle boots. Via Mary Josephine.
Boots: Sacha, Jeans: Seven Sisters, Bag: Gianni Chiarini.
This leather jacket goes perfectly with strappy sandals and a black skirt.Via Sara Donaldson.
Leather jacket: IRO.
This statement black laced dress looks uber cute with matching black heels. Via Monoxious.
Erica Hoida wears laced blouse with simple black trousers and heels for a stylish black on black look.
Blouse, Marrissa Webb.
Annabelle Fleur is rocking this black mini dress with edgy heeled sandals.
Dress: Nanette Lepore, Sandals: Chelsea Paris.
Look super stylish in this vest suit paired with black heels. Via memorandum
Vest: Theory, Pants: Theory, Sandals: Leoffler Randall
Sheryl Luke spices up an all black outfit with a polka dotted dress and black heels.
Emulate the twenties with this black dress with patterned edges paired with black heels. Via Annabelle Fleur
Dress: Dodo Bar Or
Julie Sarinana is killing the black trend in this cute dress and sandal combo.
Dress: Sincerely Jules, Sandals: Madewell
When you go all black, wear a bodysuit, black skinnies and laced up boots. Via Nada Adelle
Sunglasses: My Milly Moo, Jeans: Topshop, Bodysuit: Missguided, Boots: Public Desire, Bag: Hermes
Blair Eadie is looking sophisticated in this black mini dress paired with black heels!
Dress: Zac Posen, Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Johanna Olsson proves you can never wear too much black – these skinnies are perfectly complemented with a black tee and jacket.
Shoes: La Strada, Jeggings: River Island, Tee: River Island, Jacket: Pearl and Rubies
Black top, skirt and shoes. Elegant. Via Arielle Nachami
Skirt: Isabel Marant, Belt: Steven Alan, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Top: Reformation, Bag: Fendi, Sunglasses: Bottega Venetta
This 50s-esque dress looks great with a pair of strappy heels! Via Polienne
Dress: Pino, Heels: Zara
A black lace dress will always make you stand out in a crowd! Via blogdathassia
Dress: Galeria Tricot
Love the black bucket bag and the simple black dress. Via Figtny
Dress: Oak & Fort, Bag: Proenza Schouler, Sunglasses: Vrai & Oro. Black Outfits
The all-black outfit never goes out of style. Via Nada Adelle
The long over long trend illustrated well with this all-black outfit. Via Jana Wind
Dress: COS, Leggings: Asos, Shoes: Zara
It’s near impossible to make a mistake with a black playsuit, as proven by Virginia Varinelli!
Suit: Stefanal, Shoes: Valentino, Belt: Hermes
This all black outfit looks amazing. The bell sleeve lace dress looks great combined with the striped ankle boots and black bag. Via Aida Domenech
Dress: Lovers and Friends, Bag: Balenciaga, Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Why not try Angelica Blick’s approach to the all black trend in this sheer-bottomed skirt!
Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Zara, Top: H&M
We love this unique black dress with classically stylish black boots! Via tsangtastic
Dress: Alexander Wang, Shoes: Dolce Vita
Sara Donaldson is really pulling off the leather trousers with a black wrap around shirt!
Jacket: Helmut Lang, Trousers: J Brand, Shoes: Givenchy
Look as classy as Larisa Costea in this button front dress and heels!
Dress: Romwee, Heels: Jessica Buurman
Nette Nestea is looking fierce in this all black outfit of black jeans and an open-slit tee!
Top: H&M, Bag: Chanel, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Why not try something different for summer like Maja Wyh in these black flares with a low scooping black vest!
Top: COS, Tee: Weekdays
Annabelle Fleur shows exactly how you work black skinnies with matching heels and a tank!
Top: ASOS, Jeans: ASOS, Sunnies: Prada, Heels: Carvela
Black blouse, skater skirt and shoes. Nice. Via Nada Adelle
Skirt: My Bandage Dress, Bag: Nina Grey, Shoes: Ego. Black Outfit
We love this black swing skirt with matching heels and a contrasting white bag! Via takeaim
Shirt: Fifth Label, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Bag: Hare & Heart
We’re loving this sheer black swing dress! The lacy neckline is perfect for every occasion! Via happilygrey
Dress: Free People, Sandals: Rag & Bone
If you’re looking for something mysteriously classy, why not try these gladiator sandals and long v-necked black dress! Via Alexa Carolin Thiele
Dress: Zara, Sandals: Zara
Why not pair a black midi skirt with a leather jacket and gladiator heels! Via Lisa Hamilton
Jacket: Zara, Tee: Alexander Wang, Skirt: Josh Goot, Heels: Kardashian Kollection
You can never go wrong with a little black! Just take it from Wendy Nguyen who is looking stunning in this swing dress matched with black lace up sandals!
Dress: ASOS, Shoes: Aquazzura, Bag: Louis Vuitton
We can’t get over how classy Peony Lim looks in these black flares combined with a black blazer, topped off with a wide rimmed black hat!
Hat: Celine Robert, Blazer: Balmain, Top: Zara, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
All black tux dress, bag and shoes. A simple yet so sophisticated outfit. Via Annabelle Fleur
Dress: Ministry of Style, Sandals: Carvela, Bag: Saint Laurent, Sunglasses: Express
Dress: Assembly, Sandals: Cos
Who said fringe would never come back into fashion!? Nicoletta Reggio is looking wonderful in this black fringed skirt!
Skirt: Zara, Tee: Asos, Bag; French Connection
Dramatic black look for a windy and rainy day. Via Peony Lim
Hat: Joseph, Dress: Mango, Bag: Chanel, Gilet: Zara
The black outfit at its best. Black shirt, leather pants, ankle boots and bag. Via Amber Fillerup Clark
Top/Pants: Helmut, Shoes: ShoeMint, Sunglasses: Ray Ban Bag: Proenza Schouler
So much attitude in this black outfit. Both the black leather jacket and shoes rock. Via Nicoletta Reggio
Jacket: Balenciaga, T-Shirt: H&M, Pants: Jennifer Bag:Givenchy, Shoes: Sarenza
Annabelle Fleur is pulling off the all black trend with a little black shirt dress, sunglasses and strapped heels
Dress: Banana Republic, Shoes: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear
Mary is dressed in all black; maxi dress, black skinny jeans and heels all from Guess
Arielle Nachami in a black jumpsuit and black and white leopard print shoes
Amy Jackson is in a black romper and black shoes with an orange bag to boot
Romper: Banana Republic, Shoes: Vince, Handbag: Chloe
Maja Wyh in a black chiffon bustier dress from Dimitri
Krystal Bick in a black off the shoulder top, trousers and studded heels
Top: Reformation, Trousers: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Heels: Valentino
How To Style An All Black Outfit: Nicoletta Reggio is wearing a camp dress from Mango with a pair of trousers from Zara, Sarenza heels and a Saint Laurent clutch bag
Amber Fillerup Clark is wearing an all black outfit, consisting of a sleeveless skater dress and sandals from Maurices
All Black Look: Jennifer Grace is wearing a Givenchy bodysuit, a set of pleated trousers and a jacket from Gucci with black Saint Laurent heels
All Black Formal Outfits: Priscila Betancort is wearing a black David Christian dress paired with Saint Laurent heels
Johanna Olsson is wearing an all black outfit, with a Proenza Schouler blouse, Zara shorts, studded Giuseppe Zanotti heels and a fringed B-Low The Belt clutch bag
Best All Black Outfits: Figtny is wearing a 3056 black tunic dress with an Oak And Fort sweater
Anine Bing is wearing an all black outfit, with a Dagmar top, leather trousers and ankle boots from Anine Bing
All Black Edgy Outfits: Maja Wyh is wearing a Dorothee Schumacher mac coat and sweater, Sandro skinny jeans and Saint Laurent booties
All Black Outfit Ideas: Aida Domenech is wearing a Zara jacket, an oversized Monki cardigan, leather H&M trousers and Asos ankle boots
All Black Outfit With Heels: Sara Donaldson is wearing a Tibi over the shoulder black top with a Dion Lee skirt and Givenchy heels
Ann Kim is wearing a black wray dress from A.L.C, black bag from Tsatsas and black sandals from Birkenstock
Victoria Tornegren is wearing all black, shoes from Asos, trousers from H&M, Jacket from BLK Denim and the bag is from Chanel
Jessie Bush wearing an all black outfit, top and trousers from Topshop, mini chain mail bag from Deadly Ponies and the sandals are from Sigerson Morrison