Walk down any British high street, and a sea of all-black outfits will present itself in an instant. However, just because there are plenty of jet-black ensembles populating the pavements it doesn't mean they're automatically great. Every girl with a fashion pulse—aka you, dear reader—knows all too well that the success of a black outfit lies in the details. Whether that's down to carefully curated fabric contrasts or a strong focus on interesting silhouettes, there's an art to pulling together those seemingly simple getups that minimalists (and we've noticed, in particular, Australian women) do so well.
Now, considering we're getting well into British summertime, it seemed like a good time to revisit the all-black outfit and seek out the modern iterations that can make your wardrobe's trustiest spring/summer basics come to life once more. What are the subtle all-black outfit tweaks that can throw you into the limelight and into newness? We have answers. Thanks to a bevvy of blogging pros, we've decoded some fast-track outfit formulas to add extra power to this pigment. Keep reading to see the standout looks in question, and then shop some of our favourite black items.
Style Notes: Alexis of Style Memos has punctuated her black loose-fit dress and black loafers, a straw bag and red lips. Very clever.
Style Notes: This is a great choice if you're looking for an all-black smart-casual evening look. Take your cue from Jeanette Madsen and tuck a balloon-sleeve blouse into high-rise, wide-leg trousers. Finish off the look with a fun beaded bag and you're good to go.
Style Notes: To update a classic black-jacket-and-trouser combo, try adding an unexpected accessory. Pernille Teisbaek styled her wardrobe staples with delicate jewellery and a pearl topped hair band.
Style Notes: Being French, Aria Di Bari knows a thing or two about wearing black—it's the backbone of any excellent wardrobe Français. Here she mixes a few different finishes together: Satin tailoring, a sheer polo neck, suede stilettos and a high-shine leather bag all add interest.
Style Notes: Looking for a little costume drama? Then make like Maja Wyh and layer decadent satin ruffles over jeans and boots—it's an advanced take on the dress-over-denim movement.
Style Notes: Australian blogger Sara Donaldson of Harper and Harley has a rotating wardrobe of black, white and grey, so she knows many a wondrous way to make these hues sing. The simplicity of stonewash black jeans with a smart blazer is spot-on.
Style Notes: But what if you want an all-black party outfit? Well, then look to Natasha. She's paired sumptuous textures and detailing to great effect.
Style Notes: Blogger and fashion designer Charlie May proves that an all-black look can be instantly uplifted via statement accessories: Slip-on mules, round shades and a luxe leather handbag are her fashion weapons of choice.
Style Notes: From desk to dinner, this tailored combination has the elements you need. Soraya Bakhtiar's suit means business, but the polka-dot top hints toward party time.
Shop Our Favourite Black Pieces
Perfect on its own with heels and even cooler over a white tee with trainers. Every wardrobe needs a black slip dress.
Swap your punchy accessories for this sleek standout pair from Mango.
Just add backless flats and a black striped top.
Wear these with literally anything and everything. That pearl detailing is to die for.
The chicest black bucket bag around.
This will look equally as great in the day as it will over a cocktail dress. Win.
Upgrade your black midi dress collection with this Khaite iteration.
Glossy with the perfect heel height? There's nothing here we don't love.
Now, see what real London girls are wearing this summer.