How To Wear All Black Without Looking Goth

Think wearing black from head to toe is only for Goths and cats and wintertime? Read on. 

While ensembles devoid of color often come off as dark and moody, our takes prove there's more life in them than that. The below pieces and pairings are charming, light, and even incorporate trendy themes like tropical prints, fringe, and asymmetric hems. Who needs neons or pastels? The #allblackeverything hashtag has our stamp of approval for spring. Minimalist fashion bloggers everywhere, you may now breathe a collective sigh of relief. 

The Leather Midi-Skirt
Lighten up a leather skirt with a tropical crop top: The playful print gives the heavy material a more airy feel. Put on the finishing touches with chunky sandals, sunglasses, and a circular clutch.
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The Asymmetric Shirtdress
You can hardly shop without running into an asymmetric hem — they're everywhere. This shirtdress exemplifies the trend; we layered it over a pair of gray jeans, since we're not quite ready for bare legs. The final touch is a floral-patterned bomber for a little color and extra warmth. 

The Cropped, Two-Piece Suit
Not your traditional black suit, Topshop's version is cropped and comes with leather pockets. This isn't your mom's stuffy workwear; it's a suit for nights on the town (or fashionable weddings). Add statement oxfords and a strong bag, and you're golden. 
The Little Black Sundress
The LBS is perfect for backyard BBQs, casual Fridays, as a beach cover-up, or even for date night. We teamed Sea's fringe-embellished frock with a dark, denim jacket, strappy sandals, and a dangly earring; it's flirty without trying too hard. 


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