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The Women Nailing All-Black Dressing On Instagram

It would be flippant to draw a parallel between the loss and anxiety experienced under the global pandemic and the fact that many have turned to wearing all-black over the past 12 months. However, whether WFH in a makeshift office or when pulling on an outfit for your daily walk, even the most exuberant wearers of playful patterns and paintbox brights have sought out the robustness of black.

Reaching for black in lieu of coming up with a fun outfit for the day is one less decision to make in the morning, while the safety and simplicity of the colour offers calm when the world around us feels chaotic. There’s longevity to the choice, too. Black is a good investment, transcending passing trends and the speedy, social media-fuelled carousel off which many of us have stepped since lockdown began for financial, sustainable and psychological reasons alike.

Monochrome needn’t mean boring, though. Black’s rich and varied place in fashion history, its association with subcultures from beatniks to New Romantics and with visionaries like Coco Chanel and Issey Miyake, means it presents as considered and intentional, making the wearer look perennially put-together.

Sure, there’s happiness ahead and we’ll be embracing a cacophony of colour and print come summer. But for now, we’re content with our all-black outfits which shield us from the harsh present – and give us one less thing to worry about ahead of that Zoom call.

Read on to see how 10 women are styling the classic colour, from floor-sweeping dresses to savvy suiting.

Thandi aka The Sartorial Lawyer has us jumping the gun and dressing ourselves for summer already. This floor-sweeping Evarae dress is just as perfect with silver jewellery and bare feet for wafting around the house during lockdown as it will be teamed with chunky sandals for post-pandemic strolling along the beach.
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Birdsong Medium Silver Hoop Earrings, $, available at Birdsong


Iris & Ink Albertine Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress, $, available at The Outnet


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Next Two Band Footbed Mules, $, available at Next


Okay, we know Marjon Carlos is wearing white shoes here but this look is a masterclass in texture and proportion. Pairing something high-shine with something matte, and something form-fitting with something loose are juxtapositions which always work. This JW Anderson knit brings unexpected playfulness to boardroom-ready leather trousers.
The Line By K Harley Off-The-Shoulder Ribbed Jersey Top, $, available at Net-A-Porter


Weekday Voyage PU Trousers, $, available at Weekday


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Rejina Pyo Gathered Leather Pumps, $, available at The Outnet

We usually hit up Brittany Bathgate‘s outfit repertoire for slick and sharp tailoring ideas but we love this fresh take on the slip skirt. Teamed with an oversized knit and military-style lace-up boots, it’s a less feminine twist on the slip but equally as satisfying.
Uniqlo Men’s 100% Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper, $, available at Uniqlo


Whistles May Bias Cut Skirt, $, available at Whistles


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Carvela Sultry 2 Boots, $, available at Kurt Geiger

We’ve been a fan of Shaheen Chand‘s monochrome minimalism for some time but we particularly love the simple way she’s styled her cropped, quilted Aligne jacket. Just add lace-up Derby shoes, a cross-body bag and straight-leg jeans and you’re good to go.
& Other Stories Oversized Quilted Jacket, $, available at & Other Stories

Weekday Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans, $, available at Weekday

Schuh Lance Black Leather Lace Up Flat Shoes, $, available at Schuh

Jessica Torres may be our go-to for zingy and zesty accessories, from cow-print micro bags to lime green shades, but her head-to-toe black looks are just as noteworthy. This cutaway activewear look will work perfectly for your Zoom barre class and for a takeaway coffee and walk around the park.
Uniqlo Women Ultra Light Down Jacket, $, available at Uniqlo

Fabletics Callie Medium Impact Sports Bra, $, available at Fabletics

Karen Millen Curve Curve Lounge Viscose Jersey Cuffed Jogger, $, available at KAREN MILLEN

Time and time again, Alexis Foreman manages to prise us away from our faithful straight-leg denim and into a wide-leg trouser instead. We love the contrast between the palazzo leg of this Proenza Schouler pair and the second-skin black turtleneck top.
Everlane The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck, $, available at Everlane

Whistles Wide Leg Crepe Trouser, $, available at Whistles

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Zara Mid-Heel Ankle Boots With Track Soles, $, available at Zara

We’ve been wearing our black quilted coat all winter but Karen Blanchard just gave us a lesson in refreshing your favourite piece. The obi-style Loewe belt gives her outerwear a new silhouette, while pairing with black trousers and accessories (face mask included) amplifies the look.
COS Longline Quilted Coat, $, available at COS

& Other Stories Wide Waist Belt, $, available at & Other Stories

Whistles Amber Lace Up Boot, $, available at Whistles

For the past 12 months, Monikh Dale has been our guide in making lockdown loungewear look good. Whether you opt for a co-ordinating set, a hoodie or a more considered silhouette (cropped sweatshirts and tapered joggers make all the difference), she’s provided the inspiration we need to upgrade our holey old tees. Team an all-black set with leather sandals for a sleeker take on comfort.
Uniqlo U Crew Neck Long Sleeved Sweatshirt, $, available at Uniqlo

Les Girls Les Boys Loose Fit Track Pants Black, $, available at Les Girls Les Boys

ASOS DESIGN Flip Flops in Black Leather, $, available at ASOS

Grece Ghanem‘s ageless style and appetite for experimentation constantly inspire us when we need a little sartorial pick-me-up. Though we won’t be hitting an office any time soon, this boardroom-ready tailoring has us wanting to step up our workwear game.
& Other Stories Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses, $, available at & Other Stories

H&M Straight-Cut Jacket, $, available at H&M

H&M Tailored Trousers, $, available at H&M

Marisa Martins‘ IG page is a masterclass in monochrome and minimalism. Easy basics are elevated with sleek silhouettes and standout accessories, and this knitted maxi dress is no exception. Simple but sophisticated, it has us itching to don our heels and hit a cocktail bar, stat.
H&M Rib-Knit Dress, $, available at H&M

AllSaints Edbury Leather Shoulder Bag, $, available at AllSaints

Zara Leather High-Heel Sandals With Square Toes, $, available at Zara


Credit: Original article published here.

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