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 seems as good a time as any to revisit the all-black outfit and seek out the modern iterations that can make your wardrobe's trustiest 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. Welcome back to the dark side.
Style Notes: Sometimes a going-out top and jeans are precisely what you'll want to fall back on. Vanessa has an especially good combo here with her Self-Portrait blouse and frayed denim.
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: The fact that Tamu's fashion USP is bright hues and vivid prints makes her black outfit all the more impactful.The moral of the story being, it pays to throw a style curveball every once in a while.
Aria Di Bari
Style Notes: Being French, Aria Di Bari knows a thing or two about wearing black—it's the backbone of any excellent French wardrobe, after all. 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: That's right, French girls give all-black outfits the nod, too. Thigh-high boots and a roll neck jumper dress—we'd expect nothing less from Camille.
Harper and Harley
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.