Wearing all black is always in style. It’s seductive, it’s mysterious, it’s chic, it’s easy and it’s universally understood that it doesn’t need to be messed with. However, a constant black wardrobe doesn’t mean it has to get boring either. Here are four different ways to put an all-black outfit together, as well as four boutiques where you can stock your closet with the clandestine color as fall sets in.
Break from Opaque
Wearing all black can sometimes look very dense. To avoid being swallowed by your clothes, break it up by playing with peek-a-boo looks or going with something sheer to add another dimension. Try this look with Ily Iley and go for the edgier option, choosing a sweater that will show you off without showing too much and leather leggings that will make your legs look sleek. Walking into Ily Iley is like walking into your chic big sister’s closet. With no shortage of textures, edgy designs and seemingly endless options in black, this gem in LoHi is sure to dazzle you.
Try Denim on Denim
Denim on denim looks great and in black it looks even better. A black denim jacket and black skinnies are going to be protocol but don’t shy away from accessories just because it’s a “man’s outfit.” Pins are no longer just a punk thing and adding a bandana around the neck brings a slight western edge in. Laid-back and effortlessly masculine, Berkeley Supply provides a smooth way for the Denver guy to hone in on wearing all black. The outfit works for a night on the town, meeting your buds at a pub or simply stepping up your style. Ladies, this look can easily translate to you, too.
Mix textures instead of prints
You’ve heard of mixed prints, but let’s try something different and mix some textures. The fact that everything’s black allows you to go wild without looking like there’s too much going on. A statement necklace works as both a subtle pop of color and a finishing touch. Pink’s on University Boulevard provided this glamorous all-black look. Filled with a mix of boho style and Los Angeles-influenced streetwear, Pink’s has daily arrivals that include something for everybody.
Embrace the Goth
Sometimes wearing all black can come off as intimidating or gothic. We say, embrace it. But make sure the look feels like you to avoid looking like a costume —meaning channel your inner bad bitch. For us, we worship Jessica Lange and how she straight up slayed as the Supreme in American Horror Story: Coven. Try this look that allows comfort but adds a bit of drama with a black capelet. Paired with fishnet stockings and black boots, your outfit will have the Supreme’s approval. Say bye to the drab plus-size corner that some stores have the audacity to call stylish and say hello to AnnaFesta. The online collection is all about embracing and accentuating your curves while having fun with different garments.
Ready to bid color goodbye? Whether you’re an artist, a fashionista or even anti-fashion, there is room for you within the realm of black. An all-black outfit is always a good investment because you don’t ever have to put it away. Try adding your own twist and enjoy blacking out your next ensemble.
Stylist: Aaron Rodriguez
Makeup: Jessica Fairbanks
All photography by Noah Berg