How To Wear All Black And Look Chic, Not Goth

UPDATE: We know it's summer, but you don't have to do the colorful/pastel thing every day. Learn how to wear all black, the right way. This story originally ran on May 16, 2012.
Like a trusted friend, the most reliable color in our wardrobe never lets us down. Our little black anythings are always there for us, ready to make us look amazing, seeing us through any party, date, or professional schmooze-fest. The danger, though, is that when it comes to ultra-dark outfits, you can have too much of a good thing and end up giving off a scary impression.
If you're craving new, never-tried ways to wear this standby shade, you'll want to take notes. We assembled three all-black outfits that show off your mad style skills, instead of hiding them in goth shadows. If you pay attention to details (and fabrics, and silhouettes), you can pull of a monochromatic look (even in the dead of summer!) that's all about confidence, creativity, and sartorial smarts. Click through for a trio of R29-styled outfits, and see how they'll inspire some of your own bright ideas.