Don't Worry, Models Say It's Still Cool to Wear All Black

Maximalist color combos may be trending, but this is a classic for a reason.

Kendall Jenner wearing a black and white open-cut top and black belted pants
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There's no doubt that a pop of color — be it a neon boot or a coordinated colorblocking ensemble — is a surefire way to amp up any outfit. But even though we enjoy incorporating bright shades into a single look, we still have to admit that there's no easier outfit solution than wearing all black.

Thankfully, celebrities seem to agree. A-listers have been spotted in all-black outfits from head to toe, and we've been taking notes. The result feels sleek, fashion-forward, fresh, and fun — especially if you think outside the box when it comes to styling.

As a few of our favorites have expertly demonstrated, an inky monochrome OOTD is anything but boring. The trick is incorporating interesting designs, playing around with layering or proportion, and working in standout accessories to complete your look.

Below, our favorite celeb-inspired black outfit ideas to try, stat.

Elevate Those Leggings

Hailey Bieber wearing a black leather bomber jacket with black leggings and sandals
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For many, black leggings are considered a wardrobe essential. While they work as fitness gear and loungewear, Hailey Bieber manages to make her pair feel more exciting. She plays with proportion by adding an oversized leather jacket, while chunky white socks provided some contrast and an extra statement-making element.

Swap Out Your Blazer

Gigi Hadid wearing black cropped pants, top, sandals, and a leather jacket
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Give your black jeans and tee a Y2K-inspired twist by trading in your structured blazer for a collared leather jacket, just like Gigi Hadid. This standout piece will become the focus of your look, so feel free to keep your footwear and jewelry somewhat simple.

Stick to a Scheme

Kendall Jenner wearing a gray T-shirt and mossy green heels with a black leather jacket and trousers
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All-black outfits may require little thought to put together, but if you're hoping to liven up your look, work in a few earth tones, like Kendall Jenner. A gray T-shirt and mossy green heels subtly pop against her black jacket and trousers, allowing her look to stand out in the crowd — literally.

Add Something Sparkly

Naomi Campbell earing a black lacy gown with a chain belt and silver jewelry.
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Half the fun of wearing a black dress is being able to personalize your look with accessories. While Naomi Campbell's lacy gown felt traditional on its own, she freshened it up with a fun chain belt and silver jewelry.

Think Beyond Basic Combinations

Irina Shayk wearing a black puffer coat, gown, and chunky loafers
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You might feel inclined to pair a floor-length dress with a trench coat and heels, but Irina Shayk's outfit had us rethinking traditional pairings. A bulky puffer coat and chunky loafers helped make her look feel causal and comfy and will no doubt be the more practical choice for future holiday celebrations.

Say Yes to Slacks

Liu Wen at the airport wearing black oversized trousers, a knit turtleneck, and overcoat with white sneakers
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The pants we wear to work and on fancy occasions have become a go-to replacement for jeans. Model Liu Wen offers us an easy, yet elevated, outfit idea while at the airport, styling her oversized trousers with a warm knit turtleneck and overcoat. Some white sneakers keep the structured bottoms from feeling too dressy.

Start With a Suit

Emily Ratajkowski wearing an oversized black suit with statement boots
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You can never go wrong investing in a matching set. Aside from working as an easy, pre-planned outfit, Emily Ratajkowski demonstrates how a few key moves — slipping on bold boots, opting for statement earrings, carrying a cute bag — can help to amp things up and make it all your own.

Get Nostalgic

Bella Hadid wearing baggy black cargo pants with chunky black sneakers and a black Chloe top with a pink lettering
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When it comes to '00s style, bright colors are encouraged — but they're not totally necessary. For a less in-your-face approach, take a tip from Bella Hadid and pair baggy black cargo pants with chunky black sneakers and a black top with a hint of color.

Embrace Embellishment

Jourdan Dunn wearing a long black fitted skirt, pointy black slip-ons, and a black blazer with dangly crystals
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A good way to spice up your all-black outfit is to choose items that include special details, like beading, sequins, or in Jourdan Dunn's case, dangling crystals. Alternatively, we suggest playing around with shape and texture, so go for those ruffled sleeves and fuzzy designs, too.

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