Rules for coordinating with an all-black outfit – How to wear it right?
Unlike other colors, you won’t have the opportunity to choose two garments with different shades on the same black tone. Agree that black also carries its own shades, but when these shades stand together on an ensemble, it can be challenging to distinguish the difference unless you pay close attention. This is understood to mean that your appearance may become “stiff” and “dry” with an all-black outfit from head to toe.
However, it would be a pity to overlook bold and fashionable all-black combinations just for this reason.
Simply create a distinction by combining contrasting fabric textures, adding a bit of pattern, or altering the garment’s structure and styling; or doing both will help eliminate rigidity and elevate the overall outfit in a sophisticated manner.
The perfect combination is corduroy with wool, leather with denim, cashmere with cotton for cold weather; linen with cotton, linen with denim, cotton with denim for hot weather. Restrict outfit coordination with one fabric type without any highlights. For example, wearing a black cotton shirt with trousers made from a similar material can make you look like a service staff member – not the look anyone desires!
Make your appearance “soft” with black by pairing a suit with a turtleneck when it’s cold, or with a T-shirt when the weather is hot. For everyday wear of an all-black outfit, inspiration can be drawn from streetwear, creating “layered” looks with short and long layers, like mixing a flannel shirt or denim shirt with a slightly shorter T-shirt underneath. These methods create a sense of contrast, symmetry, and a more dynamic effect.
Less is more
Often, the simplest outfits deliver the highest impact. Apply the “less is more” principle in coordinating all-black outfits by simplifying unnecessary accessories, such as an excessive presence of jewelry. If something must be present, prioritize a black or white-faced watch or a jewelry accessory like a ring or necklace. This ensures a seamless transition between clothing items.
Ways to style all-black outfits like mature gentlemen
Coordinating monochromatic outfits may be simple, but it also requires artistry. If you are working on building the image of a “mature man” with an all-black outfit, the simple yet refined styling suggestions with black that ELLE Man recommends below are for you.
Elegant twist with a black suit
Appearing at events or a wedding, a suit entirely covered in black will have a significant impact. If the occasion is not overly formal, forget the traditional notion of classic suits!
A black suit doesn’t only go with shirts in muted tones. A black shirt made from fabric with just the right amount of sheen, or a turtleneck, or a black polo, and even a simple black T-shirt can make your suit look stylish and dynamic. A bit of variation won’t take away the sophisticated image you aim for; on the contrary, it helps you appear much more modern and trendy.
For a more dynamic look, pair it with white (standout) or black (harmonious) sneakers, fashion accessories (watches, jewelry). If you want to enhance the sophistication, rely on the support of boots, black dress shoes, and accessories like a black tie (if you’re wearing a dress shirt).
Pay attention to the cut of the suit, the seams should shape according to the body but should not be too tight. Trousers should also be styled with a length at or above the ankle. Additionally, the combination of patterns and prints depicted on the outfit creates new focal points without losing the inherent elegance of the suit.
Dynamic with Athleisure style
This is a relatively easy, comfortable, and highly applicable way of coordinating. But it doesn’t mean you can mix and match in a haphazard way. Consider items from your athleisure wardrobe – the fusion of sporty and casual styles, such as sweatshirts, polo shirts, athletic joggers, retro sneakers… Mixing these items together will make you look dynamic, comfortable, yet equally stylish and refined.
Coordinating all-black with Casual style
From black jeans and a basic same-colored T-shirt to a black denim shirt and chinos/dress pants or shorts, you can comfortably wear these outfits on weekends for regular events. Complete the aesthetically pleasing look with a relaxed vibe using black sneakers, sandals, loafers, or boots.
Bold with Rock ‘N’ Roll style
When talking about clothing styles with black, it’s impossible not to mention leather jackets – an item that embodies the essence of Rock ‘N’ Roll style. To add a bit of “vibrancy” to the tough black background, pair a leather jacket with a patterned shirt (dark floral or similar patterns to maintain uniformity in the outfit). If you want a rebellious, bold appearance, choose black jeans for the lower part or opt for garments with submerged patterns.
Next, choose a type of shoe that suits the Rock ‘N’ Roll style, such as Chelsea boots or various types of moto boots. Then, emphasize the overall look with characteristic accessories of this style, such as sunglasses, metallic jewelry, or a belt with metallic details.