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.
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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.
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Girl's Night

A little edge and balanced volume keep this all-black look chic. A skinny pant should be paired with a flowy top, and add a fun wedge for a little height that won't hurt.

Topshop Moto Black High Waisted Kristen Jeans, $80, available at Topshop. Alexander Wang Tank with Fishtail Hem, $425, available at La Garconne. Lanvin Necklace, $491, available at Farfetch. Zara Studded Evening Box Bag, $89.90, available at Zara. Carlos by Carlos Santana Whirl, $107.99, available at Heels.
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Weekend Fun

Don't be afraid to try all-black during your downtime. You'll be set for anything from brunch to a street fair (both?), in a casual maxi that's been properly accessorized.

Lifetime Collective Dress, $60, available at Farfetch. Madewell Turnabout Sandal, $138, available at Madewell. Sensi Studio Two Tone Maxi Tote, $210, available at Moda Operandi. Mulberry Bayswater Bracelet, $195, available at Mulberry. Helene Berman Wide- Brimmed Wool-Felt Hat, $60, available at The Outnet.
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Date Night

A sexy, textured silhouette and an ankle-strap heel keep things chic and interesting, rather than blah. A mini bag and long tassel necklace are glam, trendy additions to a classic look.

Milly Victoria Flap Bag, $285, available at Neiman Marcus. Mango Fetish Sandal, $119.99, available at Mango. Tory Burch Perez Tassel Necklace, $225, available at Tory Burch. Adrianna Papell Illusion Bodice Pleated Jersey Sheath Dress, $158, available at Nordstrom.
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