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How to Wear All Black

Oct 27, 2016


At DSTLD, we live in black. Black is timeless, black is smart, black is efficient, and black is badass. Wearing black, and other neutral tones, reduces the number of gratuitous choices you need to make in a day. And perhaps above all, black always looks confident and clean. To quote the immortal words of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all, black says this: I don’t bother you - you don’t bother me.”

The argument about wearing all black, all the time, is that it’s boring. But if you have an eye for strong staple pieces, interesting silhouettes, and varying textures, it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a few tips on how to wear black no matter the season or your budget.

Get Your Basics Down

Any great closet starts with having the right staple pieces. As we’ve seen from the growing popularity of a capsule wardrobe, keep your foundation pieces simple. This allows for versatile layering and endless combinations. Invest in items like quality tank tops or cotton tees, black skinny jeans (mens | womens), a blazer, moto jacket, a black dress, cardigan and oversized sweater.


Womens High Waisted Coated Denim | Womens Muscle Tee in Black


Mens Denim Jacket in Worn Black | Men’s Skinny Jeans in Jet Black

Try Some Trends

Wearing all black enables you to incorporate some current seasonal pieces without looking over-the-top trendy. Since trends usually incorporate new silhouettes, black is the perfect canvas because you know your new trendy piece will go with everything in your closet, rather than having to buy three new items to make one outfit work. But use discretion; don’t buy Culottes if you will never, ever wear them. Instead try black flare jeans for a modern twist on your teen self’s go-to.

Basic Doesn’t Mean Boring

Sure, dressing in a monochrome manner can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be. Incorporate statement pieces and mix up your textures. Try adding in fur, cotton slub, chunky knits, leather or coated fabrics, lace, silk tops, etc.


DSTLD option: Women High Waisted Coated Skinny Jean.

Let Fit and Fabric Set the Tone

Just because you’re wearing all black, it doesn’t mean you’re dressed appropriately for every occasion. It’s also important to pay attention to fit and fabric. Incorporating different structural details and fabrics help dictate how formal your outfit is. Just because you’re wearing a slimming color doesn’t mean you should wear shapeless pieces, or pieces that are ill fitting. Use the opportunity to wear a structured pant, waist cinching dress, or tailored blazer. Styles that frame your shape speak to a more formal setting, while slouchy layers read casual.


DSTLD Option: Womens Mid Rise Ripped Skinny.


Sporting neutral tones means you’re working with a blank canvas. Use the opportunity to add vintage jewelry or a belt, a statement purse or shoes, or bold makeup.


Sheer is Chic

Lace and sheer silk additions can instantly take a black pencil skirt or trousers from bland to bombshell. It instantly lightens up the heaviness of an all black ensemble for an elegant update. The key word here, though, is elegant: refrain from showing too much skin by wearing a neutral layer underneath or adding a more conservative layer on top.


DSTLD option:  Women’s High Rise Skinny Jeans in Black Powerstretch.