The color black: We know it well and we love it with all our heart. While dressing in head-to-toe color is certainly not for the faint of heart, black will always work and always make you feel as though you’re channeling your inner chic French girl. Not to mention that, as the Queen Bee of neutrals, there’s little thought or stress required when getting dressed in the deep hue. That said, take advantage of its reliability and try something different this spring when you reach for that leather jacket or LBD. Mix it up with a print here and there, or try a trend you may be wary of. ‘Tis the season to break out of your winter rut with the help of the most fashionable color out there.
Mix in some prints:
Keep your look fairly monochromatic, but add a bit of extra dimension by styling your solid black pieces with a black and white print, be it ditsy florals or bolder color blocking.
Add a statement jacket:
An all-black look is like a chic blank canvas, so don’t be shy when it comes to adding a piece that’s a little more bold, like a statement coat or jacket.
If you’ve ever had an inkling to choose a top that’s a little more sheer than most when headed out at night, try one in black to retain the feeling of elegance and sophistication. Pair it with black styling pieces to keep your look understated.
Try the trends:
An understated, chic, and universally flattering color, use deep black hues to try those trends that you may have otherwise been wary of, whether it’s a bold cold shoulder or simply a sporty bomber jacket.
Opt for ladylike silhouettes:
Balance the edgy nature of the dark color with midi hemlines, silhouettes that nip in at the waist, and feminine heels that pop.
Add flair with accessories:
A single all-black look has a thousand varieties when you begin to mix in accessories. The possibilities are endless, so—go ahead—reach for that printed scarf and throw that fringe bag over your shoulder!
Choose interesting shapes:
Statement details or silhouettes can be daunting, so test drive one in a neutral, like black. Who knows—you may love it so much, your next step is to try the style in red.
Mix up materials:
Varying fabrics boast slightly differing shades of black, so styling leather and denim with cotton and silk gives an extra dimension to your dark, monochromatic outfit.
Experiement with lace:
Give a feminine, lace dress a bit of an edge by opting for the one-and-done look in a deep onyx.
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