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10 All-Black Outfit Ideas to Nail That Dark "Monochrome Core" Aesthetic

The dark side is strong with this trend.
10 All-Black Outfit Ideas to Nail That Dark "Monochrome Core" Aesthetic
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The dark side is strong with this trend.

If you’ve been sucked into the world of OOTD Reels on Instagram, you’ve most likely come across the all-black outfit trend that's going viral on the platform. Plainly referred to as “monochrome core,” this aeshetic isn’t just about wearing head-to-toe black. Distinct pieces and a certain bad gal attitude are all part of the vibe, setting it apart from the usual monochrome 'fit.

As for what the "look" actually is, think combat boots, oversized blazers, and trousers instead of skirts and sexy slip dresses. Think of it as hubadera meets athleisure, where the goal is to create a comfy, nonchalant look. Though wearing monochrome black isn’t anything new, we suggest you update your closet with some of key pieces from this trend to update your look. Trust us, whether you decide to go all-out noir, we’re sure your wardrobe deserves these cool basics.

10 All-Black Outfit Combinations for the Dark "Monochrome Core" Trend

1. Cropped top + High-waist trousers + Sling bag

Here’s a staple when it comes to black monochrome core: a fitted crop top and high-waist trousers. The idea is to create a balanced silhouette that doesn’t hug your body from neck to knee. So, this contrast is perfect to emphasize your waist while staying comfy!

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2. Bralette + Blazer + Trousers + Stilettos

Wear your bralette out but cover up with a blazer to show just a sliver of skin. You can opt for chunky boots instead of pumps if you want a tougher look, but stilettos are great once in a while for a touch of sophistication.

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3. Oversized blazer (worn as top) + Trousers + Chunky sandals

If you want to change up your look, explore less conventionally feminine styling choices. For example, try wearing your blazer suit as is with nothing underneath to look stylishly underdressed.

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4. Black T-shirt + Leather jacket + Trousers + Sneakers

In case you haven’t noticed, you better invest in a pair of loose but tailored trousers if you want to get with this trend! The key here is to tuck in your shirt to look polished but finish off the look with sneakers to keep it casual.

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5. Oversized blazer + Black t-shirt + Oversized wide-leg trousers + Loafers

Golden rule: the roomier the silhouette, the more contemporary you’ll look. When it comes to picking a suit, be sure to have one that’s oversized!

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6. Black T-shirt + Button-down (worn as cover-up) + High-waist trousers + Combat boots

The obvious styling trick you need to cop here is the hem tuck! For a more utilitarian look, stuff the hem of your trousers into your boots.

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7. Vest (worn as top) + Belt + High-waist trousers + Baguette bag

Vests are pretty versatile once you discover that you can also wear them as a top. To show off a bit of skin, either pick a vest that’s cropped or pair it with mid-to-low waist trousers. This silhouette is also undeniable lengthening!

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8. Onesie + Leather jacket + Crossbody bag + Combat boots

Onesies and rompers are the best transition pieces for when you can't be bothered to plan an outfit. Paired with a badass jacket and boots, it’s easily one of the coolest ‘fits you can put together!

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9. Bodycon dress + Leather jacket + Black socks + Chunky lace-ups + Baguette bag

If you’re committed to cover your body in black, don’t forget the socks! This way even your ankles won’t distract from the overall dark tone. 

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10. Sweater + Round neck shirt + Trousers + Socks + Sneakers

If you’re headed to some place with a strong AC, don’t waste the opportunity and whip out a sweater and layer! This collegiate ‘fit is perfect if you’re going for a preppier version of this aesthetic.

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