Blackout: How to Wear All Black Without Looking Like You’re Going to a Funeral

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I can give you a handful of reasons off the top of my head as to why all black outfits are the best: they’re cheap to buy, they’re versatile and they hide even the most robust food baby. If you’re still not totally convinced, let me give you some inspiration on how to style pieces you probably already own into all black outfits.

If you don’t already own a pair of skinny black jeans then get yourself down to Topshop for a pair of Joni jeans (aka the most constant thing in my life). As a self confessed lazy student, I find it way too easy to just grab one of my many pairs of black skinnies and head to lectures rather than making a real effort. However, if you want to look like you’ve put thought into your outfit, pairing your jeans with black ankle boots and a black lace up top gives a certain air of sophistication and it’s no more effort than pulling on a hoodie!

My most recent purchase comes in the form of a black leather skirt from Zara. The plan was to use it as a going out skirt, but in reality I’ve been pairing it with black tights, my trusty ankle boots and a long sleeved black t-shirt for work and casual wear. Once it’s worn with tights it doesn’t seem too dressy, so you could even wear it at the office with a blouse.

If you aren’t ready to embrace your inner goth just yet, you could use accessories to break up an all black outfit. A statement necklace or a brown camel coat would soften up the look and make it seem more sophisticated.

I’ve been keeping my eye out for an oversized black shirt dress for a while and there are a few around, my favourite being this one from Motel Rocks, £30. Worn with black trainers it would give a cool sports luxe look, or worn with loafers would make it seem more chic and minimalistic. Plus, while the summer sun lingers, you can brave bare legs and your skin will break up the all black ensemble!

Image courtesy of Motel Rocks,
Image courtesy of Motel Rocks,

Autumn is a great time to start wearing black as lots of shops have many monochrome items in stock, so get shopping. You know what they say: once you go black, you never go back.

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