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Black is the New Black

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

wear black on blackTo 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!

wear black on blackOne 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

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wear black on black

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.

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  • Show Comments (34)

  • Debra

    Black is such a wonderful color, it really can go with anything and can look so sleek and sophisticated ! Love it

    • Alyssa Ruane

      One of my favorite things about wearing the color 🙂 It never lets me down!

  • OurFamilyWorld

    I love wearing black with brightly colored accessories. It’s a very versatile color that you can wear on any occasion.

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Me too! I have a fabulous hot pink Ralph Lauren satchel that provides an awesome preppy pop when I’m in the mood 🙂

  • Sheri

    I like wearing dark blue and black with nice accessories that bring out the outfit and make it pop. Accessories can really change the way the clothes look and I wear a lot of black on black with light coloured shoes or scarfs.

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Awesome! I think those are very unique ways to style black and more people need to take chances like that!

  • Sarah

    I might just have an obsession with crocheted shorts, and admittedly a large portion of my clothing is black. I love these tips!

    • Alyssa Ruane

      I always get SO many compliments on my crocheted shorts–I have these and an off-white pair. They’re flattering, adorable, and still SO comfy (high fives for elastic waistbands!).

  • Charlotte

    I’m right there with you, black is still the best kind of black haha because lets be honest it goes with everything and you can still have fun with it!

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Haha yes! You said it perfectly. 🙂

  • Dana Vento

    I always prefer to wear black it simple but looks elegant with or without accessories. Thanks for this good post

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Yes, I love how versatile it can be! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Terri Steffes

    Black is my go-to color. My bottoms, if not jeans, are always black. Love that you can do Respect, you have to be a singer to do that. My song is Blackbird.

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Girl after my own heart! Loooove Blackbird.

  • Nikki Arnold

    Loved your post and your blog is great! I have a best friend who veers towards wearing black a lot and I think your blog would be a great inspiration to her 🙂

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Thanks so much!! Feel free to share with your friend 🙂

  • Taylor MObely

    I always wear black. I looked in my closet the other day and thought i should probably start buying things with color because it was ALL black! LOL

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Lol, you sound like me!! There’s no shame in having too much black. 😉

  • Jena Proctor

    I love black, it can be worn so many different ways. Black is certainly the new black!

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Yes! Versatility is what I look for in everything I buy.

  • Stacey

    I love how black is so versatile! It can be a casual outfit or you can dress it up so easily!

  • Ilka

    I usually wear black on black when I’m in a rush and don’t really get to think about my outfit. I always seem to grab the black pieces then 🙂 🙂

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    I live in the tristate area where everyone wears black all the time LOL. I love that shirt!

  • Robin

    I absolutely love black! Not only does it go with just about every color in the rainbow, it’s also very good at hiding those few extra pounds that show up occasionally.

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Perhaps my most favorite trait of all!

  • Pam

    I’ve never paired black with black before but I’m definitely curious now. I’m going to have to see if there’s any fun combinations I can make from my closet!

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Let me know how it goes! You’ll soon find that pretty much everything goes together… It’s addicting!

  • HilLesha

    Black has always been my all-time favorite color to wear. It is flattering, timeless, and undeniably sophisticated!

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Yes ma’am!! I am a sucker for timeless and sophisticated fashion. 🙂

  • Cathy

    You are so adorable!!! And you are really rocking that outfit–I agree wholeheartedly and black is my go-to choice for most of my outfits haha

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Aww, thank you!! You’re too sweet. And love to hear that I have someone else on the dark side 🙂

  • Molly Kumar

    You shirt is so cute and I love polka dots. Black-on-black is my all time fav combination or a rescuer on my occasion.

    • Alyssa Ruane

      Definitely a rescuer! And thanks–the shirt is part of the WhoWhatWear collaboration with Target.

  • Suzanne Spiegoski

    I one hundred percent completely agree with you babe! Black will never go out of style!

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