15 Must-Try Total Black Looks for Any Event: Alt Fashion Inspiration

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Yohji Yamamoto once described black as “modest and arrogant at the same time”. It is hard not to agree with this perfect interpretation of its qualities. Black is a total absence of color, which makes it a flawless base for classy fashion looks. If you own enough black clothing, you can build numerous amounts of elegant total black outfits and be both “lazy – but mysterious.” To inspire you for this alternative fashion challenge, I picked up 15 beautiful and stylish total black looks for every taste and occasion. Where would you like to start?

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  • Corporate Goth


Let's start with one of my favorite goth styles – the strict and classy Corporate Goth. Pair a tailored black blazer with black skinny jeans, a black v-neck blouse, and ankle boots. Add a wide-brimmed black hat for a touch of sophistication and a large handbag to carry all of your goth necessities.

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  • Edgy Rocker


Edgy, leather or faux leather jacket will never go out of style. For the next total black outfit combine a black leather jacket with a black band t-shirt, skinny black jeans, and black combat boots. Accessorize with studded jewelry and a black beanie.

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  • Minimalist Elegance


The next look is for minimalism style lovers. Wear a cozy, oversized jacket with a tie-up top and matte black kitten heels. Keep the accessories simple and refined for this look.

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Photo: Olivia Emily

  • Boho Glam


Bohemian chic is a perfect style for a total black look! Look for a dress or skirt that has bohemian-inspired details such as ruffles, lace, or embroidery. Opt for a flowing, maxi silhouette that allows for movement. Layer this bohemian look with a floor-length see-through cardigan or lace kimono.

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Photo: Selena Gomez

  • Sporty Chic


For a sporty total black look team up a black oversized hoodie with black leggings and black sneakers. Add a black baseball cap and a backpack for a cool, relaxed look. I think, Selena Gomez rocked it flawlessly, so go ahead and still her style!

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  • Romantic Goth


For a romantic, yet alternative date, go for this gothic-inspired all-black look. Combine a black lace top with a black velvet skirt, a pair of black tights, and ankle boots with buckles. Accessorize with a black choker and don't forget to wear dark lipstick on your lips.

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Photo: PrettyLittleThing

  • Modern Power Suit


Searching for a business casual total black look? There is no need to keep looking, just ppt for a black tailored blazer and matching trousers, paired with a black button-up shirt and clear pointed-toe heels. Add a statement belt for an interesting twist to this look.

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  • Urban Street Style


For a relaxed, urban look wear a black oversized shapeless dress with black high-top sneakers or ankle boots. Don't forget to add a black beanie and finish the street style fashion look with a black bomber jacket. Carry a simple black backpack or a large, neverfull designer bag.

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  • Vintage Inspired


Vintage-inspired all-black looks deserve a very special place in my heart! For this elegant and feminine outfit pair a lightweight tulle dress covered with black polka dots and black high-heeled sandals. Add a pair of trendy cat-eye sunglasses and a vintage-style black handbag.
 
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  • Avant-Garde


Let's put away the casual black clothing and try to implement something less wearable, and more avant-garde. Combine a black cut-out top with black wide-leg pants or a plisse skirt and a pair of comfy black platform boots. Accessorize with bold, oversized silver jewelry for a high-fashion total-black look.

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Photo: Absentia

  • Gothic Victorian 

There is nothing like gothic Victorian fashion. Certainly, we can't enjoy the whole abundance of Victorian fashion style daily, but we can create an elegant total black look inspired by this era. Wear a black lace blouse with a ruffled corset, a black velvet skirt, and lace-up black boots. Add a black top hat and fishnet stockings for a slouchy Victorian vibe.

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  • Effortless Casual


When I found the next image on Pinterest, I knew I had to include this effortless look in the list. Wear a black high-waisted midi skirt and a skin-tight thin sweater or jumper. Add latex platform boots with this look and layer it with a black denim jacket or distressed cardigan. Finish this casual total black outfit with a tiny black backpack.

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  • Glamorous Evening 


If you need a simple, but very beautiful glamorous look for the evening, pair a long sleeve mini dress with black stiletto heels and a very simple clutch. Add statement earrings and a bold red lip for an added touch of glamour to your look.

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  • Artsy and Comfy


For the gloomy spring-fall days, when all you want is some cozy comfort combine a black oversized tunic with a midi skirt and oversized black coat. Wear a pair of peep-toe ankle boots and nude stockings for a layer of warmth. Accessorize this artsy total black look with large, aesthetic jewelry.

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Photo: juliafox

  • Sleek Futuristic


And, lastly, take a look at this sleek, futuristic, and very sexy outfit. To get the look wear a black vinyl or leather coat with black thigh-high boots and a mini dress. Complete the look with a metallic black clutch, a pair of latex mittens, and minimalist silver jewelry.

Let's summarize...

In this realm of alternative fashion, darkness is not merely a color; it's a symbol of empowerment, creativity, and unapologetic authenticity. So, take a leap into the shadows and let your fashion choices speak volumes. It's time to ignite your imagination, experiment fearlessly, and make a bold statement at any event with these 15 must-try total black looks. Hopefully, you'll be able to embrace the magic of alternative fashion and watch as the world takes notice of your extraordinary style.
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