Whoever said anything other than black “is the new black” is sorely misguided. Orange is not the new black. Pink is not the new black. What kind of lunatic would shove out the best color in the world to make room for another, less awesome color? Black is the new black. You can wear black on black in a variety of situations. There’s no such thing as too much black, to be honest, and if you don’t agree, then I don’t know why you’re reading this post. Does white make you look thin? Didn’t think so.
Let us begin our journey of how to wear black on black without looking like you just came from a funeral. There are a couple tricks I employ to wear black on black on black effectively, and I think you’ll find them simple enough that you can actually put them to use.
I know, you’re bugging out that a writer is giving you fashion tips you can actually use in your everyday life. How did you get so lucky?! We shall chalk it up to fate. Fate brought you to my website, and fate wants you to master black-on-black like the chic band front-lady you always knew you were. Oh, what’s that? Just me? I’m the only one who thinks I missed my calling as a rock star? OK, whatever. Liars.
How to Wear Black on Black
The first thing to keep in mind when meshing black pieces together is that the black hues will likely not match. Surprisingly, there is no such thing as one shade of black. Depending on garment material and other outside factors, some black can appear inky while others are left looking faded. Don’t let these differences derail you from your efforts. It’s OK that the colors don’t match perfectly. Fashion is not supposed to be perfect.
Mix Textures for Dimension
To distract from mismatched blacks, a great technique is to mix textures and fabrics. In doing so, you add another dimension, giving the ensemble more personality and intrigue than if it were super matchy-matchy. Mixing textures also shows you’re a fearless fashion genius, so there’s that. As you can see in the above image, my shorts are a crocheted material, and my shirt is that silky rayon fabric. The extreme juxtaposition makes it OK that the black colors don’t match.
Put in a Print!
One of my favorite ways to add an element of surprising style is to throw a print into the mix. Remember my cheetah print sneakers? Putting a pattern into the mix is another fantastic way to break things up a bit when wearing a monochromatic outfit. I chose a tiny polka-dotted blouse to add a level of sartorial smartness with my otherwise casual, cool look. Mixing styles is simple when you only have one color to work with!
Add Intrigue with Accessories
When you want to wear black on black, don’t forget about the power of details. Accessories can totally change the feel of your outfit, so choose them wisely. I could’ve added a pop of color with my crossbody bag, but I chose to keep things consistent with a black one. Instead, I opted to pair western ankle boots with my look. With detailing on my shoes, I felt it was just enough of a punch to bring the unexpected look together. Plus, I really wanted the polka dot shirt to steal the show.
I recommend you wear black on black on those days you want to feel like a badass. Anytime you’re clad in an all-black outfit, there’s a new kind of coolness exuding from you that you might not even realize. Be prepared to feel like the front-lady of a band, because this look packs a punch of edgy panache.
Speaking of which, what’s your go-to karaoke song? You know, the one you can really nail. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin is my jam.