The Women Nailing All-Black Dressing On Instagram

Georgia Murray
·6-min read

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. This season, we're embracing our dark side and going colourless. Sure, we love a hint of citrus here and a splash of lavender there as much as the next fashion-forward dresser, but the sleekness of an all-black outfit just can't be denied.

Dispel the notion that it's boring to drape yourself head-to-toe in black; a bevy of sav

<br><br><strong>Birdsong</strong> Medium Silver Hoop Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://birdsong.london/collections/jewellery/products/medium-silver-hoops-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Birdsong" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Birdsong</a>


Birdsong Medium Silver Hoop Earrings, $, available at Birdsong
<br><br><strong>Iris & Ink</strong> Albertine Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www.theoutnet.com/en-gb/shop/product/iris-ink/dresses/maxi-dress/albertine-gathered-cotton-poplin-maxi-dress/9649229528808229?gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbWdzf95RGwUBrWWuzgx1OQZOnCGShAKK7ml6OCc7VQ1NmwbHBk1Y3oaAhXlEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Outnet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Outnet</a>


Iris & Ink Albertine Cotton-Poplin Maxi Dress, $, available at The Outnet
<br><br><strong>Next</strong> Two Band Footbed Mules, $, available at <a href="https://www.next.co.uk/G5753s7/126022?dp=a&gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbViPAuHvipQvNTYj3xzRg8Y18uVCUdXTYDrANY0hvMzx6y5XJXNp80aAutoEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds#126022" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Next" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Next</a>


Next Two Band Footbed Mules, $, available at Next
<br><br><strong>The Line By K</strong> Harley Off-The-Shoulder Ribbed Jersey Top, $, available at <a href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/en-gb/shop/product/the-line-by-k/harley-off-the-shoulder-ribbed-jersey-top/1238914" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


The Line By K Harley Off-The-Shoulder Ribbed Jersey Top, $, available at Net-A-Porter
<br><br><strong>Weekday</strong> Voyage PU Trousers, $, available at <a href="https://www.weekday.com/en_gbp/women/trousers/product.voyage-pu-trousers-black.0860552003.html?utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_source=Channable&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbWezmI020Td1Wca2MFnrdlyHcwXUxKc3vj99oHhm45O37fA_YAg2WsaAqaoEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Weekday" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Weekday</a>


Weekday Voyage PU Trousers, $, available at Weekday
<br><br><strong>Rejina Pyo</strong> Gathered Leather Pumps, $, available at <a href="https://www.theoutnet.com/en-gb/shop/product/rejina-pyo/pumps/mid-heel-pumps/gathered-leather-pumps/6630340696486522?tp=175320&cm_mmc=PartnerizeUK&EU&utm_campaign=shopstyleukmain&utm_medium=affiliation&utm_source=PartnerizeUK&EU&shopstyleukmain=shopstyleukmain" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Outnet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Outnet</a>


Rejina Pyo Gathered Leather Pumps, $, available at The Outnet
<br><br><strong>Uniqlo</strong> Men's 100% Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper, $, available at <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/product/men-100pct-cashmere-crew-neck-jumper-429075.html?dwvar_429075_color=COL09&dwvar_429075_size=SMA002" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uniqlo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uniqlo</a>


Uniqlo Men's 100% Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper, $, available at Uniqlo
<br><br><strong>Whistles</strong> May Bias Cut Skirt, $, available at <a href="https://www.whistles.com/product/may-bias-cut-skirt-32908.html#q=skirt&is=false&sz=60&start=0&isSecondPage=false&pid=may-bias-cut-skirt-32908&pos=6" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Whistles" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Whistles</a>


Whistles May Bias Cut Skirt, $, available at Whistles
<br><br><strong>Carvela</strong> Sultry 2 Boots, $, available at <a href="https://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/boots/ankle/sultry-2-black-leather-carvela-7974300109" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kurt Geiger" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kurt Geiger</a>


Carvela Sultry 2 Boots, $, available at Kurt Geiger
<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Oversized Quilted Jacket, $, available at <a href="https://www.stories.com/en_gbp/clothing/jackets-coats/jackets/product.oversized-quilted-jacket-black.0877992001.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbWjUtBVInujBmJmNONeYlItZwnEMsBxXHEtU0Wt5IhVXeEME1tk6CsaAkuuEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Oversized Quilted Jacket, $, available at & Other Stories
<br><br><strong>Weekday</strong> Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans, $, available at <a href="https://www.weekday.com/en_gbp/women/categories/jeans/product.rowe-extra-high-straight-jeans-echo-black.0816608001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Weekday" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Weekday</a>


Weekday Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans, $, available at Weekday
<br><br><strong>Schuh</strong> Lance Black Leather Lace Up Flat Shoes, $, available at <a href="https://www.schuh.co.uk/womens/schuh-lance-black-leather-lace-up-black-flat-shoes/1333107020/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Schuh" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Schuh</a>


Schuh Lance Black Leather Lace Up Flat Shoes, $, available at Schuh
<br><br><strong>Uniqlo</strong> Women Ultra Light Down Jacket, $, available at <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/product/women-ultra-light-down-jacket-429453.html?dwvar_429453_color=COL09&dwvar_429453_size=SMA001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uniqlo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uniqlo</a>


Uniqlo Women Ultra Light Down Jacket, $, available at Uniqlo
<br><br><strong>Fabletics</strong> Callie Medium Impact Sports Bra, $, available at <a href="https://www.fabletics.co.uk/products/CALLIE-MEDIUM-IMPACT-SPORTS-BRA-BA2044196-1195" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fabletics" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fabletics</a>


Fabletics Callie Medium Impact Sports Bra, $, available at Fabletics
<br><br><strong>Karen Millen Curve</strong> Curve Lounge Viscose Jersey Cuffed Jogger, $, available at <a href="https://www.karenmillen.com/curve-lounge-viscose-jersey-cuffed-jogger/AKK94662-1.html?color=105" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:KAREN MILLEN" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">KAREN MILLEN</a>


Karen Millen Curve Curve Lounge Viscose Jersey Cuffed Jogger, $, available at KAREN MILLEN
<br><br><strong>Everlane</strong> The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck, $, available at <a href="https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-pima-micro-rib-turtleneck-black?locale=GB&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=pla-google&utm_campaign=9850559727&utm_content=431545389559&utm_term=pla-293946777986&adgroup=98427411977&pid=3919-19632&device=c&gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbWt-8cMR3LZiUBAbnMZUl1lccNNw1BOZnYpy47ZavDE6NLZWQuX3xwaAub-EALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane</a>


Everlane The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck, $, available at Everlane
<br><br><strong>Whistles</strong> Wide Leg Crepe Trouser, $, available at <a href="https://www.whistles.com/product/wide-leg-crepe-trouser-31351.html#q=black%20trousrs&is=false&sz=60&start=0&isSecondPage=false&pid=wide-leg-crepe-trouser-31351&pos=35" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Whistles" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Whistles</a>


Whistles Wide Leg Crepe Trouser, $, available at Whistles
<br><br><strong>Zara</strong> Mid-Heel Ankle Boots With Track Soles, $, available at <a href="https://www.zara.com/uk/en/mid-heel-ankle-boots-with-track-soles-p13126610.html?v1=80703990&gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbVPjlI0Nm_zjyRORBLOMFKL4OUM6OX2y1Zqa5TqvRGnkZB7ULwyNY0aAuaAEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>


Zara Mid-Heel Ankle Boots With Track Soles, $, available at Zara
<br><br><strong>COS</strong> Longline Quilted Coat, $, available at <a href="https://www.cosstores.com/en_gbp/women/womenswear/coats-and-jackets/product.longline-quilted-coat-black.0928601006.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbXwQ8_FwcRz_URTIFkEKUZL5WusKQ2Th-k7A1d--pwIkVPCyQqIxYoaAkHxEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:COS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">COS</a>


COS Longline Quilted Coat, $, available at COS
<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Wide Waist Belt, $, available at <a href="https://www.stories.com/en_gbp/accessories/belts/product.wide-waist-belt-black.0447482002.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbU6kMV2pOorgydKYJmn9xVxiCXUNiITjQu8dS7QW2YMJ0OXhrwdijMaAjXaEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Wide Waist Belt, $, available at & Other Stories
<br><br><strong>Whistles</strong> Amber Lace Up Boot, $, available at <a href="https://www.whistles.com/product/amber-lace-up-boot-30516.html?ranMID=24794&ranEAID=0RpXOIXA500&ranSiteID=0RpXOIXA500-DIKAMQcAavuxRb86Rb2qzg&utm_source=LS&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=ShopStyle+UK" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Whistles" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Whistles</a>


Whistles Amber Lace Up Boot, $, available at Whistles
<br><br><strong>Uniqlo U</strong> Crew Neck Long Sleeved Sweatshirt, $, available at <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/uk/en/product/women-uniqlo-u-crew-neck-long-sleeved-sweatshirt-437096.html?dwvar_437096_color=COL09&dwvar_437096_size=SMA001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uniqlo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uniqlo</a>


Uniqlo U Crew Neck Long Sleeved Sweatshirt, $, available at Uniqlo
<br><br><strong>Les Girls Les Boys</strong> Loose Fit Track Pants Black, $, available at <a href="https://lesgirlslesboys.com/products/loose-fit-track-pants-black?variant=32354388049955&currency=GBP&gclid=Cj0KCQiAhP2BBhDdARIsAJEzXlHXMvgCY9L4UJvAc5-gNpZWPQzbH2vVuZnNvwvM9vTuDZKyvWlAxP4aAg8tEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Les Girls Les Boys" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Les Girls Les Boys</a>


Les Girls Les Boys Loose Fit Track Pants Black, $, available at Les Girls Les Boys
<br><br><strong>ASOS DESIGN</strong> Flip Flops in Black Leather, $, available at <a href="https://www.asos.com/asos-design/asos-design-flip-flops-in-black-leather/prd/14583105?affid=25897&_Cj0KCQiAhP2BBhDdARIsAJEzXlFFaeZgTQIrfZavEB_qEIxzqhzzz4bKQrL1DZu6_K3IDFKOE46xgHIaAugBEALw_wcB&channelref=product+search&ppcadref=12029787983%7c117574734673%7cpla-294682000766&gclid=Cj0KCQiAhP2BBhDdARIsAJEzXlFFaeZgTQIrfZavEB_qEIxzqhzzz4bKQrL1DZu6_K3IDFKOE46xgHIaAugBEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


ASOS DESIGN Flip Flops in Black Leather, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses, $, available at <a href="https://www.stories.com/en_gbp/accessories/sunglasses/cat-eye/product.angular-cat-eye-sunglasses-black.0742470008.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhP2BBhDdARIsAJEzXlGvcVnimAiqF9jgNM70248dEC1uQrkxmPPAP12wgPElmhDErRJLNYUaApDJEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses, $, available at & Other Stories
<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Straight-Cut Jacket, $, available at <a href="https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0728156006.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Straight-Cut Jacket, $, available at H&M
<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Tailored Trousers, $, available at <a href="https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0922782001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Tailored Trousers, $, available at H&M
<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Rib-Knit Dress, $, available at <a href="https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0937546001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Rib-Knit Dress, $, available at H&M
<br><br><strong>AllSaints</strong> Edbury Leather Shoulder Bag, $, available at <a href="https://www.allsaints.com/women/handbags/allsaints-edbury-shoulder-wb157s/?colour=5&category=8606" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:AllSaints" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">AllSaints</a>


AllSaints Edbury Leather Shoulder Bag, $, available at AllSaints
<br><br><strong>Zara</strong> Leather High-Heel Sandals With Square Toes, $, available at <a href="https://www.zara.com/uk/en/leather-high-heel-sandals-with-square-toes-p12314710.html?v1=89079697" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>


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

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