Don’t Wear Color? These 6 Looks Are For You

Photographed by Mark Lim.
While many in the fashion world look to the runway to determine the next most-sought-after color trends, there’s a proud crew who could not be bothered. From classicists to minimalists to too-cool-for-color It Girls, these women swear by black, white, and every shade of neutral clothing. Where others anticipate the coming and going of spring pastels or autumnal earth tones, these women get their kicks from the potential that the most basic palette presents. And it’s far more than just a wardrobe that always matches.

Inspired by ALDO's own fall lineup of black soles — from heels to loafers to over-the-knee styles — we're exploring six looks that were made to stand out…but not in the chromatic way. Instead of relying on the flash of bright hues, these outfits become statement-making through form, fit, texture, and pattern. Ahead, check out the fall ensembles that even the color-crazed can't resist.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
The Less Is More
Minimalist color meets minimalist shape in a long, column shift dress. For a touch of intrigue, the subtle game changer is a brown, leather insert at the neckline that gives the illusion of a layered tee.

Markoo dress.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
A tall boot adds to the look, without distracting from it, with a clean, sleek shape and just a flash of gold at the heel.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
The Business Of Basic
A fresh way to suit up without going the solid-black, two-piece route is with a printed, tailored option that still features goes-with-everything shades. Unexpected racer stripes lend a more relaxed vibe to the buttoned-up look.

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel blazer and pants.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
With a slim-fit leg on the pant, this outfit pairs well with a pointed, patent bootie that’s cool, edgy, and a bit more relaxed than a classic pump.
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The High Gloss
This ensemble shines head to toe (literally, of course) thanks to the lustrous satin of its all-black pieces.

Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons jacket and pants, DKNY top.
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Though the puffer-jacket-and-trouser set has a ski-suit quality, the super-slim heel of the boot pares back the volume of the outfit, making it much better suited for the streets than the slopes.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
The Showpiece
Neutral colors may never have the impact of a fire-engine red or regal emerald, but they make statements in other ways. Case in point, this black-and-white-striped coat with a dramatic floor-length hem.

Misha Nonoo coat, Loewe jeans, stylist's own shirt.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Like with other look-at-me designs, this topper takes the cake with a more casual pairing of wide-cuff boyfriend jeans, a white tee, and gold-heeled loafers.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
The Texture Play
Blending textures within one look — especially among neutral colors — adds dimension and depth. Here, the super-fuzzy facade of a gray overcoat is accented by a peek of a plaid mock neck.

Proenza Schouler top, Maison Margiela coat.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
The smooth, shiny look of a patent ankle bootie with a wooden heel provides even more contrast to this outfit's wooly hero piece.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
The Throwback
Micro hems and baby-bell sleeves have the '60s written all over them, but an all-neutral interpretation of the trend makes the iconic styles feel much more modern.

Misha Nonoo top, Alexander Wang skirt.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
This look is completed with a suede, over-the-knee number — a clever alternative to legwear when it’s not quite tights season yet.
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