No matter what the Pantone color of the year, or the runway color of the season, there’s one color that never goes out of vogue: Black.
Wearing black is often seen as the epitome of high fashion. Dark and brooding, easy to coordinate, and flattering on every skin tone and body type, it’s no wonder that wearing black is so popular. Black is the color of Bond Villians, of Jon Snow, of the self-named Men in Black. Wearing black is cool.
Everyone has a favorite pair of black jeans, or a black leather jacket they won’t leave the house without. But how do you pull off wearing black from head to toe?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are our top tips for choosing and wearing the very best all black outfits for men.
Fabric Choice is Key
The beauty of wearing all black is that you never have to worry about whether your outfit matches. There is only one shade of black, and it goes with everything! But that doesn’t mean that wearing black is easy. Because instead of pairing colors, you have to pair fabrics instead.
The key is to choose contrasting fabrics that will add texture to your outfit and break up its uniformity at the same time. Compare the monotony of a black suit, for example, with a buttery soft leather jacket worn next to inky black jeans. Other fabrics to explore include corduroy, rich black velvet, and even silk and satin.
David Beckham demonstrates the versatility of contrasting fabrics beautifully by pairing black cotton rich chinos with a more luxe suede bomber. The straps of his backpack add additional texture to the outfit, whilst the leather of his holdall elevates the outfit further. Despite wearing black from head to toe, there is certainly nothing flat or boring about this outfit.
An all black outfit demands luxurious black accessories. But where do you start? We believe that there are four key black accessories that every man should have in his wardrobe:
Black Chelsea Boots
A pair of premium leather black Chelsea boots will be the hardest working shoes you ever add to your collection. Chelsea boots are so versatile: they can be worn anywhere. From date night to the board room, a walk in the park to your best friend’s wedding, there’s nowhere you can’t wear them.
When choosing Chelsea boots, look for black leather boots with coordinating black inserts. We love the black leather Wyatt Chelsea boots from our own RoyalFashionist collection (currently on offer for $176.95).
The great thing about these boots is that they’ll only get better with age. The more you wear them, the softer the already buttery soft leather will become, and repeated wear will remove some of their natural shine, injecting a vintage feel. Truly an investment piece, buy now and you’ll always have the perfect shoes for every occasion.
2. Black Watch
Don’t ruin the look and feel of your all black outfit by adding a brash and brassy metallic watch. Accessorize your look with a sleek and minimalist all black watch instead. The perfect black watch has both a black face and a black strap: luckily, this style is bang on trend meaning that you’ll find a wide variety of great options on the market.
We love our Men’s chonograph watch which is a bargain at just $44.99 and features a black leather strap paired with a brushed 44mm face. With prices as affordable as this, you could have one in every colour!
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The all black watch is a blank canvas that will coordinate with everything in your wardrobe: by choosing a black watch, you never have to worry about whether it will match with the outfit you want to wear. It stands apart from all of the other classic gold and silver watches on the market and shows that you’re taking your commitment to brood in black seriously.
Don’t forget that you can always pair your watch with some cool luxurious black bracelets like these from MarcosdeAndrade.com.
3. Black Sunglasses
Finally, it’s that time of year when no outfit is complete without a pair of statement sunglasses. Sunglasses are the one accessory that every man should invest in (even if you’re the kind of guy that says he doesn’t like to wear accessories!)
Protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays in the sun is vital, not only for your overall eye health but also to minimize your cancer risk and to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging from forming around your eyes. But that doesn’t mean that your sunglasses shouldn’t coordinate with the rest of your look.
Black sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch to an all black outfit. They give the outfit consistency, introduce a new texture, and let’s face it, they look badass. If you only choose to invest in one black accessory, please make it a pair of black shades.
4. Black Backpack
Don’t let your backpack ruin your perfect all black outfit! Instead, invest in a sleek black backpack that will coordinate perfectly with your newfound minimalist style.
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There are literally thousands of different black backpacks styles on the market, but our very favorite is this Stealth titanium black backpack (currently in the half price sale for $59.95). With its hard shell, it will never lose its shape: this will also keep all of your very important supplies safe inside. Waterproof and heavy duty, this is the ninja of backpacks!
Embrace Black Formal Wear
Wearing head to toe black everyday wear is easy: with a black leather jacket, black jeans and a well-fitting black tee, you can go almost anywhere! But what about black formal wear? How can you wear an all black outfit for a big night out? Here are our top tips:
The first thing you need is a well-fitting black suit. The single-breasted suit is classic and timeless, but not particularly exciting, especially if you are looking for a matt suit in just one color. Instead, why not consider injecting interest into your outfit with an unusual shape and extra details by opting for a double-breasted suit jacket instead?
Double-breasted jackets have an old school vintage feel, but they also have many advantages.
So what should you wear under your black suit? A black shirt is a simple and obvious choice, creating a timeless and understated look. But what if you want something a little higher fashion?
Introduce extra texture and interest to your outfit with a fine knit roll neck sweater, or add effortless cool with a tightly fitting black tee. The sleek nature of an all black outfit means that you don’t have to add the extra formality of a shirt and tie to be perfectly dressed for a wedding, date, or other special occasions.
The Perfect Leather Jacket
Finally, if you only invest in one key black piece to perfect your all black outfits, make it the perfect black leather jacket. Spend as much as you can comfortably afford on the best possible quality leather: once you’ve found the right leather jacket for you, you’ll wear it for the rest of your life.
Here are our top tips for picking the perfect black leather jacket:
- Choose a classic shape. With a central zip, a small collar, and cut just above the hip, the classic leather jacket will never go out of style. If you want to invest in a piece you can wear year after year then choose something timeless.
- Look at the lining. Cheaper jackets will often have a synthetic lining: these don’t feel good, and they are prone to tearing. Instead, invest in a jacket with a silk or cotton lining that will look and feel great.
- Look for interesting design elements. Pockets, hardware, interesting zips. The more design elements you jacket contains, the more it will stand out from the crowd.
- Pick the right skin. The most important element of your leather jacket is leather! Picking the right skin is essential. Cow leather is one of the strongest skins you can choose whilst lambskin is one of the softest. Looking for durability and softness? Calfskin is the best choice for you! It combines all of the best elements of both popular skins, and is made to last a lifetime.
- Stay away from plastic leather. If a real leather jacket is out of your budget then opt for a high-quality cotton or satin bomber jacket instead. Wearing a cheap jacket made from synthetic leather will only cheapen your whole outfit: it’s just not worth it!
Wearing all black outfits is much easier than you might think, provided you have invested in the right key pieces. Investment pieces that every black aficionado should have in their closet include a black leather jacket, black skinny jeans and, of course, a range of black accessories for every occasion.
Think carefully about the texture of the pieces that you choose, and then enjoy your lie in. After all, when you’re wearing a chic and sleek head to toe outfit each day, you don’t have to get out of bed early to plan your outfits! Stylish and easy: it really is a win-win situation!