14 All-Black Winter Outfits Perfect for Days When You Can’t Be Bothered

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Whether you’re just too tired to try your hand at print mixing or simply looking to embrace your inner Wednesday Addams, an all-black winter outfit is a wonderfully easy way to look stylishly put-together with minimal effort. That is, if you know the best ways to layer your midnight-hued pieces. Because, unfortunately, simply piling on all the black items in your wardrobe does run the risk of turning you into an amorphous blob rather than a sleek, chic fashionista. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best no-fail, all-black outfit combos to wear all winter long. Now all that’s left to do is choose which look to try first…

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1. Leather Blazer + Blouse + Wide-Leg Trousers + Loafers

The key to making any monochrome look work (especially those in darker hues) is to mix up the fabrics. So rather than wearing a matching wool blazer and trousers, swap in a leather or silk jacket instead. The contrasting materials give depth to your ensemble and help maintain your figure, even if you opt for looser silhouettes.

Shop similar styles: Remi x Revolve Chloe Faux-Leather Blazer ($140); Vuori Lux Crewneck Top ($64); Abercrombie & Fitch Sloane Pants ($90); B-Low the Belt Taos Belt ($106); Charles & Keith Drawstring Bucket Bag ($76; $69); Reformation Agatha Loafers ($268)

A woman wearing a black turtleneck sweater and skirt outside the Ferrari show during the Milan Fashion Week
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2. Cropped Knit + Slim-Fit Midi Skirt + Pointy-Toe Pumps

Another way to avoid turning into a shapeless void is to choose pieces that help define your shape. For example, a curve-hugging skirt paired with a chunky sweater that hits right at your waist. The result is an outfit with plenty of coverage to fight winter’s chill, but that doesn’t feel frumpy. P.S. Pointy-toe shoes can further help elongate your frame.

Shop similar styles: L’Academie Lucia Cropped Turtleneck Sweater ($168); M.M.LaFleur Orchard Skirt ($295); Tory Burch Small Perry Bag ($398); Sam Edelman Hazel Heels ($150)

Alexa Chung wears a black trench coat and black Mary Jane flats with leather pants.
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3. Trench Coat + Sweater + Leather Pants + Mary Janes

Another great mix of fabrics, this look combines rock-n-roll leather with girly Mary Jane flats and a classic preppy trench. While it might be tough to make so many different aesthetics work together in one outfit if you’re rocking multiple colors or patterns, in head-to-toe black it comes off uniformly chic.

Shop similar styles: Mango Oversize Wool Coat ($170); Quince Mongolian Cashmere Sweater ($50); Old Navy Faux-Leather Pants ($55); Stradivarius Studded Belt ($22); Free People Platform Mary Janes ($178)

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4. Blazer + Sweater Dress + Boots

Balance the sexy vibes of a slim-fitting knit dress with a structured blazer and lug-sole ankle boots. In terms of lengths, opt for a jacket that hits either just below or just above your hips and a dress that hits somewhere between mid-calf and right below the knee for a perfectly proportioned look.

Shop similar styles: ASOS Oversize Blazer ($57); Rails Mila Sweater Dress ($268); Polène No7 Crossbody Bag ($210); Thursday Boot Co. Dynasty Boots ($190)

A woman poses wearing a black sweater and loose black jeans with white sneakers.
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5. Textured Sweater + Loose Denim + Contrasting Sneakers

A cable knit or otherwise textured sweater will pop against plain denim better than smooth cashmere. That said, sometimes you really do need a splash of contrasting color to keep things fresh. Opt for white, gray or even dark green sneakers to prevent your loose-fit jeans from looking sloppy.

Shop similar styles: Something Navy Cable Knit Sweater ($225; $135); Levi’s Baggy Dad Jeans ($108); Kate Spade Sadie Bag ($109); Cariuma Canvas Sneakers ($79)

A woman poses on stone steps wearing a black blazer with a belt and a sheer tulle midi skirt.
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6. Fitted Blazer + Belt + Midi Skirt or Dress

We adore the peek-a-boo effect of this sheer tulle midi skirt, but for those who’d prefer not to show quite so much skin, a silk, sequin or even a fully lined tulle skirt will work just as well. As for footwear, stick with pointed toes or Mary Janes over clunky ankle boots or demure ballet flats.

Shop similar styles: Lucy Paris Two-Button Blazer ($128); Rouje Laure Belt ($125); Boden Polka Dot Tulle Dress ($320; $96); Cole Haan Bridge Mary Janes ($150)

A woman poses wearing a black suit and contrasting white sneakers and blouse
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7. Suit + Sweater + Contrasting Blouse and Shoes

Remember when we suggested swapping either your suit jacket or pants for something in a different fabric? Well, adding small pops of color is another way to give some definition to a matching black two-piece. Brighter shades obviously work better than dark navy or gray, but you don’t have to stick to neutrals only. A bright pink, icy blue or even a print will also work.

Shop similar styles: J.Crew Willa Blazer ($278) and Wide-Leg Pants ($198); Naadam Essential Cashmere Sweater ($75); Athleta Midtown Button Up Shirt ($98); Allbirds Wool Pipers Sneakers ($110)

A woman poses wearing a short sleeve sweater and leather wide leg pants.
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8. Short-Sleeve Sweater + Wide-Leg Trousers

Another cute balancing act, this combo actually works beautifully with any mix of colors or patterns. The knit material offers just enough volume to be proportionate with a wide-leg silhouette (leather or not), while elbow-length sleeves offer warmth without looking bulky. Bookmark this one to repeat with all your favorite sweaters and trousers.

Shop similar styles: Uniqlo Merino Short-Sleeve Sweater ($30); Banana Republic Wide-Leg Leather Pants ($750); Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Mini Bag ($548); Sam Edelman Wanda Pointy-Toe Flats ($130)

A woman poses wearing a leather jumpsuit and hot pink satin heels.
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9. Jumpsuit + Bright Shoes

Of course you can opt for a black shoe if you prefer, but we prefer an unexpected pop to punctuate a uniform jumpsuit. It also makes it easier to find shoes that work with a faux-leather one-piece, as black leather shoes can end up looking either too matchy-matchy or not matchy enough. If you do want to rock a black shoe, look for one that leaves some space between the hem of your pants and your footwear and try something a little outside the box like mohair, sherpa or satin.

Shop similar styles: Bebe Faux-Leather Jumpsuit ($149); Nina Shoes Stacie Heels ($99; $70)

A woman poses wearing black leggings and knee high boots with a gray sweater draped over her shoulders.
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10. Mid-Length Jacket + Leggings + Tall Boots

Black leggings and a matching black sweatshirt may work for the weekends, but for days when you need to dress to impress you’ll need something a bit more posh. Slip on some knee-high boots and layer a booty-covering jacket (like a blazer or tweed style) over top. The result is more equestrian chic and less “headed to the gym.”

Shop similar styles: Uniqlo Lambswool Sweater ($40); NA-KD Oversize Twill Blazer ($102); L.L.Bean Pima Cotton T-Shirt ($25); Aerie Offline Leggings ($25); Aerosoles Waterproof Boots ($170; $85)

A woman poses wearing a sheer lace dress and suede over-the-knee boots in Paris.
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11. Lace Dress + Over-the-Knee Boots

Suede over-the-knee boots can feel heavy when worn with leggings and a chunky sweater, but a lace frock breathes new life into the early aughts wardrobe staple. You don’t need to forgo a slip altogether, just opt for a style that shows some pops of skin to balance out your full-coverage footwear.

Shop similar styles: ASOS Broderie Midi Dress ($225); Marc Fisher Mayko Over-the-Knee Boots ($149; $90)

A woman walks down the street in a black teddy coat and black leather pants.
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12. Teddy Coat + T-Shirt + Leather Pants

The ultimate cold-weather fabric combo, cozy sherpa fleece and warm faux-leather will keep you toasty on even the chilliest winter nights. P.S. We suggest you opt for a slim-fit T-shirt or thinner knit to offset voluminous wide-leg pants and an oversize coat.

Shop similar styles: ALO Oversize Teddy Coat ($298); Italic Mila Cashmere Sweater ($150); Wilfred Melina Faux-Leather Pants ($148; $110); BP Niya Chelsea Boots ($70)

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13. Sporty Jacket + Straight-Leg Jeans + Ankle Boots

Loose-fit jeans don’t necessitate a tight top to help you maintain your figure. You could also try a cropped anorak as a way to shake things up. And be sure to roll your hems to give your ankles some shape as well.

Shop similar styles: The North Face Ripstop Wind Jacket ($119); Agolde Lana Jeans ($178); Coach Jade Boots ($133)

Leonie Hanne walks across a street wearing a black leather blazer and fringed midi dress.
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14. Classic Jacket + Textured Dress

Don’t save your fringed frocks or sequin minis for special occasions only. Adding a tailored jacket over the top instantly gives stand-out, party-ready styles a more casual vibe so you can get more use out of those specialty items.

Shop similar styles: Good American Faux-Leather Jacket ($195); Ronny Kobo Kaipo Knit Dress ($578)



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