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

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

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Kendall Jenner. Photo: Gotham/GC Images

Sure, a neon boot may instantly amp up an outfit, and when it comes to Spring 2022's bold colorblocking trend, we're already on board. But even though we enjoy incorporating a variety of 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. In recent weeks, a handful of models have stepped out wearing this neutral from head to toe. Their looks have proven that all-black outfits still feel 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, creating a non-boring, all-black outfit is all about incorporating interesting designs, playing around with layering or proportion, and working in standout accessories to complete your look. We've gathered a bit of inspiration, ahead, to remind you that this trick is called a classic for a reason and is still a good one to rely on this fall and winter.

Elevate Those Leggings

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Hailey Bieber. Bellocqimages/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

For many, black leggings are considered a wardrobe essential. While they work as fitness gear and loungewear, Hailey Bieber managed to make her pair feel more exciting. She played 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

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Gigi Hadid. Gotham/GC Images

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

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Kendall Jenner. Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

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 popped against her black shacket and trousers, allowing her look stand out in the crowd — literally!

Add Something Sparkly

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Naomi Campbell. Marc Piasecki/GC Images

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

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Irina Shayk. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Burberry

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

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Liu Wen. VCG/VCG via Getty Images

The pants we used to wear to work and fancy occasions have become a go-to replacement for jeans. Model Liu Wen offered 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 kept the structured bottoms from feeling too dressy.

Start With a Suit

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Emily Ratajkowski. Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

You can never go wrong investing in a matching set. Aside from working as an easy, pre-planned outfit, Emily Ratajkowski demonstrated 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

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Bella Hadid. Neil Mockford/GC Images

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 graphic top.

Embrace Embellishment

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Jourdan Dunn. Neil Mockford/GC Images

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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