If there’s one singular outfit that has stood the stylish test of time, it’s wearing all black from head to toe. It’s a look that everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Meryl Streep has infamously worn to maintain an effortlessly chic look—but if not done correctly, it can also come off as a bit dowdy, depressing, and goth.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is one of the few modern style icons who regularly wears all black and manages to always look impossibly chic when she does it. She never looks weighed down, maintains a crisp overall appearance whether it’s day or night, and frankly the colour suits her no matter how well she pulls off practically every other shade of the colour wheel.
Inspired by her ability to wear the colour flawlessly from head to toe, we found 31 items from hats to bags to shoes that will help you pull off the monochromatic look like a pro.
Keep scrolling to find out how you, too, can wear all black like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley!
Were it not for the splash of white in the camisole Huntington-Whiteley is wearing under her blouse, this outfit might have quickly gone from chic to a bit too risqué.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Anthony Vaccarello
Black mesh can be a very tricky fabric because it often trades in sophistication for showing skin, but Huntington-Whiteley’s demure styling of the material with a more modest skirt is spot-on.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Chanel
The model again uses a touch of white to soften a look that might otherwise be overly edgy. The addition of gold hardware also dresses the look up a bit.
The model even wears the colour going to and from the gym. For a casual daytime look, there’s no better colour to automatically upgrade your outfit from “I’m running errands” to “I might just be going somewhere fabulous.”
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Givenchy
Huntington-Whiteley is an expert at adding subtle sparkle and metallics to all-black outfits, like the micro studs on this blazer, that might otherwise come off as flat.
Another fun way to make black a little more exciting? Fringe. Not only is the embellishment on-trend this fall, it’s a stylish way to give a jacket, blouse, or even bag a little more movement.
More glimmers of metallic and movement, courtesy of fringe detailing.
Black lace is another fabric that’s difficult to dress up. Huntington-Whiteley has it down to an art, and knows that a sleek pair of black trousers instantly makes any outfit look chic.
This may be Huntington-Whiteley’s best all-black look ever. The model manages to combine a black wide-brimmed fedora, sweater, coat, leather leggings, tote, and boots without her outfit seeming overly somber.
If you want to try the monochrome look but you’re a little hesitant, add a small pop of colour via a leopard handbag.
The model loves wearing a black tuxedo coat, and the satin lapels of this one add a dressy contrast.
Keep scrolling to shop all-black pieces right now!
Loeffler Randall Poppi Suede Pointed Toe Pump ($292)
3.1 Phillip Lim Wool Gab & Leather Pencil Skirt ($650)