All black outfits are popular amongst all spectrums of people and lifestyles.
There are plenty of benefits to this style, such as covering up spills and stains - a lot easier than white garments. The simplicity of the shade brings out people’s confidence by accentuating their figure, rather than making them look larger.
However, we’ve seen some mistakes with an all-black wardrobe, and want to help you overcome the occasional struggle. There are plenty of jokes and stigma regarding all black outfits, such as: ‘why don’t you wear colour?’ or ‘does it match your soul?’, but wear it right, and you will look incredibly stylish.
The History of All Black Outfits
There really aren’t any restrictions on who can and cannot wear black clothes. In today’s culture, it is more acceptable to wear this colour, compared to the 14th century. During this era, European middle classes deemed black an appropriate colour to dress luxuriously. Black become the colour of Calvinism, but by the late 1600’s, it shifted to a symbolism of witchcraft.
In the 70’s and 80’s, London saw an explosion of black torn fishnets and bondage trousers. This was defined as the punk era. The choice of black didn’t just extend to clothing, but dark hair, eyes and lips to give a mysterious feel.
Today’s culture welcomes all walks of life, shapes, interests and religious and cultural beliefs to adopt this historic colour. What was once an iconic colour for formal events and funerals, with an ongoing feel of sadness, has now made an appearance in celebrity red carpet events and laid-back attire such as jeans, t-shirts and plain leggings.
Why Wear All Black Outfits?
The physiological reasons for wearing all black outfits is very interesting! Researchers suggest that the dark canvas creates a shield for emotions and insecurities. They found that black wearers like to create a distance from people by choosing a colour which isn’t happy or cheery.
There have also been other finds to suggest that people prefer to wear all black as a subconscious message to others of their self-respect and power; it is a dominant colour. Beyond that though, it's incredibly practical and adaptable for any situation.
Black matches virtually any colour and is easily customizable with heels, flats, a handbag, shirt, skirts, and more. Team it with the suitable colour for your occasion, and you can transform a black pair of jeans into smart attire. Alternatively, black garments also work well for a laid-back feel.
When and How Can You Wear All Black Outfits?
You can wear all black to any occasion and during any time of the year – including hotter months. Rules are being lifted and fashion novices adapt their personal tastes and interests into fashion.
There are so many versatile ways to wear this colour without looking boring. People don’t just reach for this colour because it’s the only thing they see in their wardrobe, but rather for its purpose and versatility.
By choosing to dress in one colour, you need to add some creativity to your outfit. Experiment with the fit of your clothes, with oversized coats, cropped or wide-legged trousers, and even tighter-fitting t-shirts. All black outfits look their ultimate best when the wearer has carefully thought about the style and fit of the overall look.
In addition to fit, play around with different textures to elevate your wardrobe. Suede or leather jackets, rough wool for thick textured jumpers and melange overcoats add another dimension to your style.
You don’t have to limit your accessories and makeup to black. Adding just a hint of colour to your wrist, lips, sunglasses or jewellery can break up an outfit. This is also a great way to take a black wardrobe from day to night and casual to formal.
For example, a chunkier watch for a special occasion works wonders, whereas a thin silver bracelet for day errands is more laid-back. A red lip is an iconic look for the party scene, but a neutral colour isn’t too overpowering with black for a business meeting.
Wearing All Black Outfits Any Time of The Year
There are two major seasons to consider when building your all black repertoire -- summer and winter. While many think black is too hot for summer or too dreary for the already cold winter, we'll prove that it's great year-round. Follow these style tips to perfect your all black outfit regardless of the weather.
Summer Black Attire
Avoid wearing chunky garments, and ditch the long-sleeved t-shirt for a few months. Show some skin – preferably on the neckline and arms to keep you cool and give a fresh feel. Reveal your stomach if you’re confident enough, as this will break off black on black with pants. Finish off your outfit with delicate jewellery to not appear too weighed down.
Even on the hottest days, you can wear head-to-toe black with a tunic top with long sleeves, teamed with denim shorts or a skirt. Choose a light grey for the bottom half to keep it summery and light.
A chivon material is suitable for a summery dress for a smart occasion. We’ve found a great dress handmade from high-end lace that uses transparency to separate block colours.
Winter Black Attire
Black is a go-to colour for winter, but all too often, people layer on thick scarfs and a coat with unflattering trousers. Just because it’s colder, doesn’t mean you can’t still look flawless.
Layering different garments is the key to perfecting all black outfits in winter. High-knee boots with a heel are elegant and practical over light-coloured skinny jeans. Keep a tailored look for a super cute feel, as baggy trousers aren’t as flattering.
A slim-fitting simple top with a long, tapered wool coat goes perfectly with jeans. Alternatively, you can always rock a dress with low-denier tights for night-time Christmas parties.
Black Designer Shoes
Whilst you’re concentrating on your wardrobe, don’t forget about what’s on your feet. Footwear isn’t always about practicality, but they’re an investment too. Here are some of our favourite black, luxury shoes.
1. Jimmy Choo
We adore Jimmy Choo’s designer leather boots with a metallic heel. The leg has been fitted to create a slim silhouette, so they won’t make your legs look chunkier. The black soft grainy leather upper and metallic heel is the key feature of this shoe and makes an ideal footwear for winter.
2. Christian Louboutin
The sexy red bottom is a great contrast to the wet-look black on this shoe. Take your evening ensemble to another level with these iconic high heels.
3. Charlotte Olympia
These cheeky cat flats with a small heel are funky, practical and young. If you’re constantly on the go and looking for a new pair which can withstand your speed and stamina, these are a great asset. With a gold-plated heel with white features on the cat’s face, they help to break up a heavy black look – especially in the summer.
4. Saint Laurent
Notorious for innovative designs, Saint Laurent won us over once again with these platform ‘Sixteen 105’ heels. Made from suede with a six-inch heel, we love how daring and courageous they are. The footbed is lightly padded for a comfier walk, but you’ll certainly turn heads whilst walking the streets in these.
5. Stuart Weitzman
We can picture these in winter with a long, fluffy coat for a morning errand run. The over-the-knee leg is on-trend, whilst the flat foot is bold and extremely fitting with tight leather pants or skinny jeans. Practical, simple and stylish, they’re every designer’s go-to shoe.
Fashion Mistakes To Avoid With All Black Outfits
Perfecting all black outfits isn’t easy, and certainly requires some thought and creativity to produce a stylish ensemble. While there are plenty of ways to rock your all black outfit, one mistake can just as easily wreck it. We've gathered a few points you'll need to keep in mind to avoid fashion faux pas.
For instance, black jeans prove popular amongst all ages and are a great garment for day and night events, but we often see them poorly-fitted. Instead, skinny jeans accentuate curves and create the appearance of wider hips in comparison to shins. Boot cut black jeans are incredibly complimentary to shorter girls who want to create the illusion of longer legs.
Often, people don’t play around with textures and layers enough. A common fashion mistake is wearing a long shirt with jeans which aren’t broken up with a belt or a tucked-in top. Show off your figure and think of your garments as separate pieces to aid in the finishing ensemble.
If you are conscious of over-complicating your wardrobe, reduce the number of layers and incorporate more materials too. For example, a fluffy coat with leather pants is playful and fun, and a great stand-out choice.
What's Your Stance on Black Clothing?
We hope you enjoyed our tips and tricks to avoid while wearing all black and ways to wear it correctly. The colour won’t be going out of fashion soon, but don’t wear it on those days you feel sluggish and low. Embrace it. Stand up tall and rock your outfit with confidence for it to work best. Celebrity fashion trends heavily influence our wardrobes at home, and we’re now seeing an array of A-list stars rocking a jet-black shade in the summer months.
Do you like to wear black when it’s steaming with heat outside? Let us know in the comments how and where you rock this colour. If you enjoyed this article, please share with your fashion friends and help to inspire their all black outfits.
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