#40plusstyle inspiration: 20 different ways to wear black

by Sylvia

#40plusstyle inspiration: 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

No matter which other colors are on trend, black is always super stylish. After all, who could forget Audrey Hepburn in her black Givenchy dress and long black gloves, or black cigarette pants and turtle neck. But, if you have a lot of black in your wardrobe, it can be tricky to think of new ways to wear it. Here are 20 ways to wear black to give you plenty of inspiration…

@lieblingsstil

Black is the queen of neutrals, providing the perfect partner to a statement skirt.

Red skirt - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@thestylishwoman

All-black looks featured heavily on the runways for Fall 2018. Here, a top-to-toe black look is given interest with an oversized belt and big hoop earrings.

Oversized accessories - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

We also had an interview with Sharryn which you can read here.

@traceyvaningen

Proving that black isn’t just for fall and winter, a black background on a floral dress is perfect for summer vacations. Another key look on the Fall 2018 runways, dark floral dresses can be incredibly versatile, and also work well paired with long boots for fall.

Bohemian - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@pen_penelle

Layering can make all the difference to your overall look! Here, a striped turtleneck is layered under a black sweater.

Layering - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@elssprenkeling

The Bardot-style neckline on this midi dress provides a stylish look, cinched with a Gucci belt and given a pop of color with a bright bamboo-handle bag.

Classic with a twist - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@olivastyleblog

Layers of black can work really well! Here, a shirt dress is left casually unbuttoned and worn with a chunky chain-link necklace. Chain-link jewelry was another key look for Fall 2018 accessories.

Modern chic - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@jusbu60couture

Accessories can give a simple black dress a real wow factor. A matching statement necklace and earrings provide oomph to a summer outfit.

Statement accessories - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@stylishmurmurs

Plaid and layering were two key trends on the fall catwalks, and this look features both, along with a statement pendant necklace.

Plaide - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

If you’d like to read more about Deborah and her style, you may read her style interview here.

@curvycartel

Polka dots are a perennial style staple which are always on-trend, but they’ve definitely been having a moment this year. Here, they are teamed with bright boots and matching earrings. There’s more polka dot inspiration here.

Polka dots - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@mummaslove4fashion

A fabulous transitional piece, a classic black leather moto jacket can take summer outfits through to fall. Here, black booties and a pair of aviators provide the perfect finishing touches!

 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@dianagabrielnyc

A monochrome topper is worn over a black dress to create a stylish black and white outfit. Chunky rings add extra interest and are one of 40+ stylish Ruth Essex’s tips for instantly adding style to any outfit.

Patterned coat and kimono jacket - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

Get Diana’s tips on how to make a statement with her style interview here.

@brendakinsel

Leggings can still be a super stylish option for women over 40. Here, striped leggings are worn with a long handkerchief-hem black top with sheer sleeves. There’s more inspiration here on in this extensive guide on how to wear leggings over 40.

Black sheer top - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@icadoo

All all-black outfit provides the perfect base for some hero accessories. Here, bang-on-trend white boots are teamed with a leopard print scarf, featuring pops of turquoise.

Cheetah print scarf - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@lady_50plus

Another monochrome look lifted through the use of colorful accessories. Polka dot pants and a black blazer are teamed with red shoes and a matching bag, along with over-sized sunglasses.

Accessorise your black outfit - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@artfulcitystyle

An all-black outfit is given extra style with polka dot detailing and mismatched earrings, along with a pear-print handbag.

Chic outfits - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

You may read Dayle’s personal tips on how to make your style more arty here.

@asksuzannebell

Another all-black look for summer, the tassels on this tiered maxi dress add texture. It is styled with mules and a striped handbag.

Black outfit - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

Learn more about Suzanne’s boho chic style in her style interview here.

@annfitzpatrickstyle

A classic belted black jumpsuit is a versatile piece that could be dressed up or down, for work or for a night out!

Classic belt - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@a_stylish_age

A great monochrome look which shows how your white skirt can still be worn as a transitional piece for fall, teamed with a belted black coat and black ankle booties. Oh, and of course, a matching motorcycle!

Monochrome - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@cogdigopilar

Here, this black dress has an asymmetric white panel, which is styled with matching drop earrings.

Drop earrings - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@thestylesplash

Another great black maxi dress look for summer. Here, it is worn with a round bag and statement tassel earrings.

Statement bag - 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@raspberry_flavoured_windows

Pearls are always a great partner for black. Here, they are worn with wide-legged jeans and catseye sunglasses. And, a very stylish vintage car!

Pearls and black outfit - #40plusstyle inspiration: 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

@zincmoon

A fabulous way to wear a colorful skirt for fall. Here, this colorful maxi skirt is paired with a black moto jacket and matching scarf. But, it would look equally beautiful paired with a white shirt and silver shoes like Sylvia’s skirt here from Cos.

Graphic print - #40plusstyle inspiration: 20 different ways to wear black | 40plusstyle.com

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For more ideas on wearing black also see our article on how to wear black..

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1 Nancy

These outfits and models look wonderful! However, black next to the face is not complimentary to everyone. It would be interesting to show how to wear black for those who need bright colors next to the face…jewelry, scarf or under blouse.

2 No Fear of Fashion

Oh I love black and black and white. I saw some great outfits. Lovely inspiration.
Greetje

3 Artfulcitystyle

Thanks so much for including with all of these wonderfully stylish women.

4 SuD

Some look good, some look “meh” in a large block of black. Many look better when the color is broken and more skin showing between the black and the face.

5 Gilad

Thanks for all the outfit ideas. I like your blog in general. One suggestion – it was distracting to see the word “monochromatic” used incorrectly so many times, especially from someone who’s business it is to be a style professional. Black, white and grey are achromatic – they have no color. Monochromatic is one color.

6 Sylvia

Thanks for pointing that out. I still feel monochromatic may be clearer though as I’m not sure how many women will be familiar with the word achromatic….

7 Dale

Very helpful because I already wear a lot of black. Can’t go wrong with black and white combo but I like variety with other combinations.

8 Eileen

Agree, some look great in black, some look washed out, and the outfit is the focal point, not the person. Audrey looked great, she has dark hair and striking features. Grace Kelly looked great in ivory and pastels, she had a completely different hair and features. As we age, hiding some things makes black more popular, I think we should think about wither it looks good on us, or it’s just a great outfit. As Tim Gunn said in his book, for some people, it’s a “I give up ” color. Just thoughts…..

9 Suzanne Bell

Hi Sylvia!
What a treat to hop on over and see you included my in your feature amongst all of these chic women! As you know, I love black, I think it is a great basic and when I really am stumped what to wear, a black dress acts as a canvas for my accessories where I can get a bit more creative. As some of the women mentioned, they don’t find black flattering by the face, but that is why we have accessories! I think every woman needs a few black pieces; trouser or skirt, a tank, LBD, jacket and a cashmere wrap. With those 5 pieces one can be ready to go just about anywhere – mix and match a few of your favorite tops and accessories and you’re good to go!
It’s funny, the dress I am wearing in this feature was a piece I found in NYC this summer. I almost bought it in a gorgeous rust orange color, but then went with the black. Sure, the orange would have been fun, but I know I will be wearing this black dress for years to come – because it’s black.
Thanks again, I just shared your post to Pinterest and Facebook – wonderful inspiration!
XOXO
Suzanne
http://www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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