Love black? Well, it's back! We show you how to wear the edgy shade from head to toe.
Though long-beloved by the fashion set, head-to-toe black outfits took a dip in popularity when over-the-top patterns and brights hit the runways over the past few years. But with some brands returning to a minimal esthetic, all-black outfits are bigger than ever because, let’s be real, they’re so flattering (read: slimming) and easy to put together (black goes with everything, including black).
Though wearing head-to-toe black is pretty foolproof, we’ve got a few tips to elevate your look that extra bit—inspired by one of our celebrity crushes, former Spice Girl and current fashion designer Victoria Beckham.
1. Choose pieces of varying volumes.
In the above pic, Beckham looks so polished because she’s wearing a long-line menswear-inspired blazer over skinny pants. Other great outfits that pair volume opposites are a fitted tank, shirt or turtleneck with a full skirt or wide-legged trousers.
2. Play with texture.
Black doesn’t have to be boring. If you play with different fabrics (see Beckham’s suede shoes, snakeskin clutch, patterned pants and sleek blazer), you’ll look ultraposh and put together.
Our all-black selects (clockwise from top left):
Ela mini M.I.L.C.K. clutch with strap, $288, elabyela.com. Satin-jacquard strappy dress, $118, canada.frenchconnection.com. Woven curb chain necklace, $95, bananarepublic.ca. Shoes, $100, aldoshoes.com. Sam Edelman blazer, $204, nordstrom.com.
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Animal motifs are big this season. We show you how to wear this trend, whether you opt for a small poodle pin, or a satin tiger satin dress.
Animal print is a tried and true fall trend. We're used to seeing leopard print booties and python print purses. But this season, designers decided to include the whole animal in their fall and winter styles.
Predictably, Gucci went all out with panthers on sweaters and flies on purses. Stella McCartney introduced a swan print to her collection and Dolce & Gabbana satisfied the internet with its kitty-cat haute couture.
But, you need not turn to the (pricier) designers for your feline fix. Instead, shop our picks of animal motif fashion items below. Whether you're interested in a touch of whimsy in the form of a pin—or would prefer to make a statement—we've got something that will bring out your inner wild child.
Sheer bug ankle socks, $8, asos.com.
Akemi + Kin Tigre pullover, $88, anthropologie.com.
Horse stud earrings, $35, bananarepublic.ca.
Vintage bee collar shirt, $84, asos.com.
Satin front embroidery dress with tiger, $130, asos.com.
Equipment zebra silk blouse, $133, theoutnet.com.
Lion brooch, $38, etsy.com.
Swallow print blouse, $110, bananarepublic.ca.
Field Flower by Wendi Reed horse coat, $188, anthropologie.com.
Red crossbosy bag, $46, zara.com.
Meow hat, $13, hm.com/ca.
Eva Franco hooded lamb cape, $198, anthropologie.com.
Poodle pin, $15, hayleyelsaesser.com.
Butterfly Collective T-shirt, $75, tedbaker.com.
Drake’s Pajama top in Bengal tiger, $259, jcrew.com.
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The cape is perfect for fall's unpredictable temperatures. Style this spotlight-stealing piece with ease thanks to our tips.
If you've ever thought about buying a cape but held off because it felt a little too dramatic, we're begging you to reconsider. Here's how to style this fall's sleeker version to look like a superstar, and less like a superhero.
Due to its petite size, you can toss this capelet on like a scarf—and instantly make everything at least 20 percent more chic. Satin cape, $409, tedbaker.com.
A textured top adds balance to the cape's luxurious high-shine fabric. Merino-wool sweater west, $98, roots.ca.
Capes add enough bulk, so it's important to keep things simple and streamlines on the bottom. Pencilsskirt, $160, bananarepublic.com.
Sporting a contemporary pair of sunglasses will help modernize the cape's vintage silhouette. Mirrored aviator sunglasses, $20, lechateau.com.
Stacked gold and silver circles make these hoops twice as nice. Earrings, $75, jenny-bird.ca.
Skip cross-body bags and hefty carryalls. Instead grab an oversize clutch. Leather bag, $188, roots.ca.
Keep jewellery minimal, because a cape is enough of a grand gesture. Faux-gold cuff, $50, bananarepublic.ca.
Sophisticated and sexy, the ladylike pointy-toed stiletto is universally flattering. Shoes, $110, aldoshoes.com.