Why Wearing All Black Doesn’t Have to Be Drab

I’m definitely not against wearing all black. In fact, it’s one of my go-tos. If you know me, you know I absolutely love timeless fashion. Wearing all black is definitely one of them. Maybe you’ve heard all black is boring and drab, maybe you’re worried you’ll be called gothic (yeah, right!) or told you look like you’re going to a funeral. I’m here to prove all these myths wrong. My friends, wearing all black is a perfectly acceptable and chic choice and with my tips, you don’t have to look drab wearing it!

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Here are four reasons why all black doesn’t have to be drab:

1. You can mix textures for added depth.

You probably will look drab if your all black outfit consists of all cotton. By varying textures such as fur, leather, suede, or whatever black fabrics you have in your closet, your outfit will show a level of depth that every fashionista longs for. Simply put, mixing it up with different textures makes your outfit more appealing to the eye.

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2. Adding statement pieces will make your outfit stand out.

Whether it be a statement bag, shoes, sunglasses, or jewelry, your outfit can stand out with special touches. One of my favorite things to add is sparkle to an outfit. Adding a statement necklace like this Rocksbox piece, will take your outfit to the next level. A statement piece like this is anything but drab!

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3. There’s always lipstick.

This is always my favorite part of all black outfits! You can add pops of color and still not detract from the total sophistication going on in your outfit. Picking out a color you love, one that looks great on you, or something based on your current mood is totally up to you! I went for MAC – Relentlessly Red.

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4. It’s not about what you wear, it’s about how you wear it.

I find this last tip most important because often we can get so focused on fashion that we forget what’s most important. The confidence you have on the inside will shine brighter than any sparkle or color you put on. Wearing your all black ensemble with a smile on your face will instantly cause your entire outfit to look better! You’ll feel better too!

The confidence you have on the inside will shine brighter than any sparkle or color you put on. [Tweet this]

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Check out a similar look I did for further all black inspiration: Mixing Textures in All Black


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I’m Molly! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. Avatar
    Lauren Farrell
    January 18, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Molly, you look absolutely beautiful! Love your chic all black ensemble and the great texture from your fur to your leather like leggings! Perfect contrast to the white snow in the background to really make your ensemble pop and love your bright lip too! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    http://www.laurenfarrellny.com/blog

    • Molly Clifton January 19, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much Lauren! I thought the snow made a fun contrast too! Hope you’re having a great week so far!

      🙂 Molly

    • Molly Clifton January 19, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks Thuy! You’re so sweet! Glad you agree with all the tips gorgeous!

      🙂 Molly

  2. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 7:27 am

    These tips were great! I love wearing lots of black too. Definitely classic.
    Happy Monday, love!

    • Molly Clifton January 19, 2016 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you Victoria! So glad I’m not alone in this wearing all black thing!

      🙂 Molly

  3. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Love this outfit girl + all your tips. We love keeping things neutral especially in winter, but never feel like you have to feel drab in an all black outfit!

    • Molly Clifton January 19, 2016 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks girls! You definitely don’t have to feel drab in all black! Thanks for stopping by!

      🙂 Molly

  4. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I love your “there’s always lipstick”
    This coat is beautiful!! Black on black is my favorite!

    • Molly Clifton January 19, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you! and it’s so true, there ALWAYS is lipstick 😉 Have a great week!

      🙂 Molly

  5. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 11:08 am

    When I read your blog post title the first thing I thought was add multiple textures and that’s exactly what you said. My go-to is definitely all black when I’m in a hurry.
    – Amanda Shuman | http://www.carrylovedesigns.com/blog

    • Molly Clifton January 19, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Amanda, you have the right idea with mixing multiple textures! It really is the best way! Thanks for stopping by!

      🙂 Molly

  6. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 11:10 am

    An absolute statement maker you are, Molly! Love the outfit and this is so my style too, all black with some bling and red hot lips, A+
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Molly Clifton January 19, 2016 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks for making me smile Kusum! Pops of color in my lips is something I can not live without!

      🙂 Molly

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    Autumn Dickens
    January 18, 2016 / 11:54 am

    I love wearing all black and you can definitely do a lot with it. And I love your boots. This is such a great outfit!

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you Autumn! I agree that there is so much to do with black!

      🙂 Molly

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      You are so smart! Yes red lipstick is the way to go! Complete favorite of mine!

      🙂 Molly

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Clara! You’re so sweet! Hope you had a great week!

      🙂 Molly

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you, Kait! This faux fur coat has been getting me through this dull winter!

      🙂 Molly

  8. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I love this outfit, especially the leather pants! I’ve always been an advocate of wearing all black without it looking dull and this look accomplishes that perfectly!

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Thanks girl! Leather pants are the perfect way to add some additional texture!

      🙂 Molly

  9. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    U look so chic Molly! I love how you style all black with the different textures and ur bright lips! And you just can’t beat that smile of urs:-). Hope ur weeks off to a great start beautiful!

    http://www.wunderbliss.com

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth! You make me smile!

      🙂 Molly

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    Belle Vie A Deux
    January 19, 2016 / 6:53 am

    WOW! You seriously look so amazing! 🙂

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Aww thanks so much! What a sweet thing to say!

      🙂 Molly

  11. Avatar January 19, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Great tips Molly. You definitely don’t look drab. I love the texture in the shoes and coat, and the statement necklace and bright lip color are gorgeous!

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you, Asa! It’s so hard in the winter with rainy weather I feel drab, but adding sparkle and lipstick definitely helps!

      🙂 Molly

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    Victoria Stacey
    January 19, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Well, you don’t look drab at all! I find in the winter I’m drawn to black more often.

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks for saying that Victoria! Hope you dress up those blacks in the winter!

      🙂 Molly

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    Aiko Cunanan
    January 19, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Beautiful, Molly! I love this black on black ensemble and the combination of textures going on! It’s a perfectly balanced outfit! Black is so classic and timeless. It’s a color you just can’t go wrong with!

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Aiko, thank you so much! Such a compliment coming from someone so well dressed ALL the time!

      🙂 Molly

  14. Avatar January 19, 2016 / 11:26 am

    I don’t have a ton of black in my closet, but these are such great tips! A few of my friends were a lot of black, and they pull it off really well.

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you Robyn! I love playing with color, but sometimes black is essential.

      🙂 Molly

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks Ellie! Love adding lipstick to everything! Really adds something special!

      🙂 Molly

  15. Avatar January 19, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    Molly, you are a vision! I LOVE this post because I wear black ALL of the time. I seriously want your wardrobe! I love that you mix and matched textures. You’re killing it, girl!

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you Chelsea! You and I both! I wish we could share wardrobes! Haha!

      🙂 Molly

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    Raysa Garcia
    January 19, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    I agree with you 100%! You always look beautiful and stylish. I adore this look!
    Xox, Raysa

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you Raysa! You’re the queen of styling all black!

      🙂 Molly

  17. Avatar January 19, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    molly–GREAT POST. you look so classy in these picts girl!! someone just needs to roll out the red carpet for you!! i for one gravitate towards black. if you look at my wardrobe, it’s basically all black. lol. great styling tips as always and #4 is one all us bloggers live by!!! right?!?! xoxo,

    janna | http://www.jannadoan.com

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Awww no red carpet necessary, but you are seriously making me smile too big! Thank you! #4 is definitely for us bloggers to live by ha!

      🙂 Molly

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    Surbhi Suri
    January 20, 2016 / 12:17 am

    I love how u played with textures and fur, and came with this fantastic look. u look pretty.
    New Post on my blog, do drop by soon ,<3
    http://www.thefashionflite.com

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you! Playing with textures is a lot of fun!

      🙂 Molly

  19. Avatar January 20, 2016 / 8:45 am

    You look stunning! I practically live in black and grey and playing with texture is my favourite way to keep it interesting

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks Courtney! You and I both girl!

      🙂 Molly

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    Heather Johnson
    January 20, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Looking amazing as always Molly! Agreed – all black is so chic when styled correctly… but owning what we wear is equally as important!
    XO,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much Heather! Maybe I should have moved owning what we wear to number 1 – haha! It’s so important!

      🙂 Molly

  21. Avatar January 21, 2016 / 1:08 am

    I cant agree more!!! Great Styling tips my love! Who doesn’t like an all chic black outfit? ♥

    • Molly Clifton January 21, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you my friend! I definitely love all black chic outfits! Have a great weekend!

      🙂 Molly

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    Greta Hollar
    January 25, 2016 / 7:07 am

    Obsessed with your coat. Your look is so fab!

    • Molly Clifton January 26, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Thanks Greta! This coat is keeping me so warm and chic this winter!

      🙂 Molly

    • Molly Clifton January 26, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      You and I both girl! Textures is my favorite way to style all black!

      🙂 Molly

  23. Molly Clifton January 26, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Thank you Monika! You are so sweet to compliment me and put a huge smile on my face! It means a lot to me that you would stop by and share such kindness!

    🙂 Molly

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