31 All-Black Outfit Ideas That Are Seriously Creative

It may be the one type of outfit you’ll never see Anna Wintour wearing, but we’re convinced that all-black can make even the skeptics downright giddy. After all, some of the most creative minds in fashion have been known to keep it monochrome. Grace Coddington, Rei Kawakubo, and Carine Roitfeld are just the tip of the iceberg.
The color is like a true friend who you know will always be there for you, whether it’s a first date or an interview. It’s flattering, alluring, and timeless, regardless of your body shape or size. And, its confidence-boosting powers are pretty much limitless. (Take that, power suit.)
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So, to those women whose closets are La Wintour’s worst nightmare, the 31 outfits ahead will challenge you to take the obsession even further. We're talking mixed textures, layers galore, and shapes both quirky and daring enough to make your favorite color truly stand out — not blend in like a stagehand. Ahead, discover all the ways to make black look seriously creative.
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A lace dress and cropped blazer makes an excellent holiday getup.
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Black will never be one-note when you play with stripes and cutouts.
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A black outfit is the perfect canvas for a pop of color in your accessories.
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A little pattern adds interest.
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Loafers, culottes, and a crop top may be an unexpected combination, but it pulls together perfectly in black.
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Cinch a pleated, leather maxi-skirt with a belted blazer.
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Experimenting with new shapes? Black is always a flattering color to give it a go.
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Only black could make a sarong over a jumpsuit look so sleek.
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Outerwear for your outerwear? Black makes the best second skin.
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Experiment with wearing traditional shapes in unconventional lengths, like this maxi shirtdress.
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Switch it up ever so slightly with a touch of black-and-white stripes.
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Top off your leather shorts with an embellished cardigan for a festive look.
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Exude '80s holiday vibes by sporting loose, matchy-matchy sequined separates.
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Paint it black — with subtle graphics.
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Dress up a crop top and shorts with a long vest.
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Go athletic-inspired with mesh and some carefully selected headgear.
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A fuzzy black detail is an instant texture upgrade.
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Play up the quirk with a bow choker and bow skirt.
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Let your midriff break up the monotony between a crop top and palazzo pants.
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Pleats modernize the dress' straight neckline and spaghetti straps.
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The sheer, polka-dot blouse gives this look a Parisian, Carine Roitfeld-esque edge.
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This work-ready look shows that cashmere and leather are winter's golden combination.
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Black becomes even more forgiving when draped strategically around the waist.
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Every woman should own a black motorcycle jacket — bonus if it's embellished!
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You can go warm and fuzzy, even in this most badass of color combos.
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Geometric designs stand out on a black background.
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Photo: Courtesy of Norma Kamali.
These are the cool monochromatic sweats we crave for the most fashionable of errand runs and all-nighters.
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We're so behind the sheer-varsity-jacket-over-everything trend.
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It's like a sexy uniform of the future.
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Cher Horowitz meets Wednesday Addams.
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Lace over pants says, "I'm formal, but not afraid to show off my moves on the dance floor."
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