We’re totally excited for Halloween! It’s easy to get caught up in planning costumes or looking for artsy Halloween-inspired beauty looks, but you can also get into the spirit of things in a more low-key manner: by donning an all-black ensemble.
In our previous article, we walked you through several easy-to-recreate beauty looks to pair up with black outfits. Stumped for style ideas? Need help on how to wear black without looking like you’re donning a costume? Don’t worry, here are five style pegs to give you an idea how to wear black:
1. Go monochromatic.
There’s nothing as chic as an all-black ensemble. Pair up a statement shirt with skinny jeans, a baggy top with figure-hugging bottoms, or a blouse with a maxi skirt. Plus, this look is the easiest to recreate, since you just have to grab two black separates from your closet, and you’re good to go. You can have an instantly chic outfit in five minutes tops!
2. Don’t be afraid to accessorize.
In the mood for an all-black ensemble? Spice things up with some serious bling, just like Nadine Lustre. Accessories definitely pop in a sea of black, so don’t afraid to layer on necklaces and rings for an instantly stylish touch.
3. Add a pop of color.
Brighten up your outfit with a touch of color: may it be on your eyes, your lips, or on your nails. Make your eyes pop with hot pink eye shadow. Swipe on orange lipstick on your puckers or bright yellow polish on your nails, just like Nadine does on the photo below.
4. Don’t be afraid to try out closet essentials.
Here’s another look that you can do in five minutes flat. Pair off closet essentials, such as a sweater and a pair of pants, just like Julia Montes does, and you got an instantly stylish ensemble.
5. Go for coordinates.
Go for a feminine look, and take your cue from Nadine: go down the matchy-matchy route. Pair up a dressy blouse with a matching skirt or a crop top that has the same prints as a pair of pants.
6. Highlight your assets.
Black is a sexy color, so don’t be afraid to own it. Show off your toned abs or arms with a crop top. Don’t hesitate to show off your curves in body-hugging bottoms. Take your cue from Yassi Pressman and cop this sexy look without baring too much skin.
7. Mix and match textures.
Here’s another look we love from Yassi. Try pairing up different textures, such as lace and leather, just like what she did with her OOTD. Experiment with different textiles, such as tulle, chiffon, velvet, and other fabrics.
8. Mix and match looks.
We love how Nadine paired up this shift dress with gladiator boots, pulling off an outfit that’s instantly fierce–and girly. You can easily mix and match looks in black since it’s such a chic color, and you’d still look put-together no matter what. What’s not to love?
9. Go graphic.
Go bold or go home! Go for animal prints, plaid, or houndstooth. Trust us, they won’t look as overwhelming as you might think, especially if you give them a spin in black.
10. Glam it up!
Black is such a fun color to play with! Don’t be afraid of prints, bling, studs or sparkles–especially for a night out. Make like Julia Barretto and go for a statement piece like this jacket.
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