How to Wear Total Black? | Elegant Look Noir Outfit Ideas

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You can't go wrong wearing a total black outfit. There is something absolutely mysterious and appealing about black color, it can instantly boost your charisma skill, making you look and feel cool. Of course, most people are afraid of all-black fashion, but oddly, it is one of the easiest colors to style and pull off. 

There are so many beautiful and elegant ways to style black pieces in one gorgeous fashion ensemble. Plus the black color is wonderfully versatile. It is achromatic and has no additional hues or shades, so it fits every skin complexion, hair color, and, most importantly, personality. Today I've decided to share my love for a total black outfit with you and show you a few simple ideas that will help you find your very own look noir.

three total black outfit ideas
Chanel Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Mixing Textures

I guess everyone agrees that an all-black outfit styled with only leather or cotton pieces won't fascinate the eyes. One of the easiest ways to diffuse the plainness of a total black look is to mix different textures in one outfit. Chiffon ruffles add volume, while thin leather fringe adds a frisky contrast to the look. You can try mixing different patterns or decorate your black with bulky eclectic embroidery.

three total black outfit ideas from runway show
Left to right: Ermanno Scervino Spring 2019, Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2019, No. 21 Spring 2019

Light-reflecting Outfit

Black is the color that absorbs the light, therefore some people find it hard to style and pull off. But what about shiny and sleek fabrics that can catch and reflect light? Glassy latex, patent leather, and radiant rubber fabrics will loosen the simplicity of black color, attracting enthusiastic looks to your outfit. Nevertheless, try to keep your light-reflecting look well-balanced, because no one wants to end up looking like a black hole sun.

three total black outfit ideas from runway show
Left to right: Christian Dior Spring 2018, Valentino Resort 2019, Philipp Plein Spring/Summer 2019

Heavy-set Prints

Black fabric sprinkled with heavy-set colorful print is a great option for those people who aren't ready to entirely dive into look noir. The white polka dot was heavily featured in Christian Dior's spring 2018 collection and it still remains a trendy and sophisticated print. Exotic flowers and trendy animal spots look gorgeous on intensely black fabrics, adding a colorful touch to the outfit.

three total black outfit ideas from runway show
Left to right: Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2019, Dolce & Gabbana Winter 2018, Heliot Emil Fall 2019

Statement Pieces

Sometimes all you need to complete the look is a small, but very prominent detail. Gothic waist belt, gold or red stiletto heels, or unusual purse – pick a statement to accessorize that will make your total black outfit stand out from the crowd.

three total black outfit ideas from runway show
Left to right: Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2019, Altuzarra Spring 2019, Valentino Catwalk SS2019

Unusual Silhouettes & Asymmetric Cuts

Nothing looks more original than irregular cuts and nontrivial silhouettes. If you feel like experimenting with your total black outfit, go for asymmetrical sleeves, as seen in Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2019 show, or a puffy flower-like silhouette, inspired by the latest Valentino collection. Layering a few black pieces, made of different fabrics is also an excellent way to make your look noir more appealing.

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