One of the main reasons why I am so obsession with all-black outfits is its ability to define your silhouette like no other colors can. You can hide what needs to be hidden and define what needs to be emphasized. Depending on what pieces of clothing you are choosing for a particular outfit, you can either make your legs look longer, your waist smaller and your figure slimmer. One very important thing to remember is the proportions! Don’t put together pieces that will distort your body shape. For example, I would not recommend wearing shapeless knee length dresses with flats if you are petite. However, if you wear it with wedge sandals and accentuate your waist with thick belt, it will be a lovely look.
My favorite combination is a top with small puffy sleeves and high waisted fitted bottoms like pencil skirt or skinny pants. It adds curves to my upper body and makes me look slimmer. And my recent obsession is 90s inspired slip dresses with barely there high heel sandals. So very romantic and feminine!
Textures have always fascinated me. When you are doing an all-black outfit – textures are your best friends! Different fabrics and materials reflect the light in different ways and that what makes it so fascinating. Imagine a black linen shirt with black leather leggings – what a beautiful combination! Or a black silk blouse with black denim jeans. You can combine two totally unexpected materials for a breath taking look, for example a cotton dress and patent vynil belt to emphasize your waist. The possibilities are endless!
My all time favorite is leather leggings with literally anything. It looks especially stylish with chunky knitted sweaters for colder Fall and Winter weather, or paired with an embroidered lace top for warmer Spring and Summer.
Your don’t necessarily have to add too many textures to an all-black outfit, or have an intricate silhouette. Sometimes all you need is a well-placed emphasis and you sure will steal the show. All-black outfit is like a plain canvas ready for you to create your masterpiece. That is the beauty of it.
The best colors with black is red and gold. I prefer to wear gold jewelry with my outfits and on rare occasions I wear red lipstick with red shoes. If fact, this is my favorite color combination of all times – all-black outfit, red lipstick and minimalistic gold jewelry. Or not minimalistic. If you really want to stand out – wear few layers of gold necklaces with fitted silhouette, high heels and (again) red lipstick. It all depends on your mood and occasion but black+red+gold is your magic formula!
I wanted to show you how you can apply all the principles I’ve described in this blog post in one outfit. It was a little challenging not go overboard but I think I’ve managed this time.
[textures] There is a lot going on with textures – there is pants and silky top, glossy handbag and earrings, and straw hat with a velvet ribbon. Since I am so fascinated with textures, it was my favorite play area for this outfit.
[emphasis] I did not use any bright colors in this outfit. So you can say the emphasis was on the first two principles – silhouette and texture. Although the natural stone shoulder strap of the handbag is almost steeling the show.