There are certain items in your closet that you can always rely on to build an outfit around, and one of those is the black skirt. Below, you will find black skirt outfit ideas for this hard-working closet staple.

Do you already have a black skirt in your closet?

Most women will already have a black skirt in their closet as part of their wardrobe essentials. If you’re one of them, you perhaps already have a favorite style.

However, if you don’t love the black skirt you already own, you want a more flattering option, or you don’t actually own one at all yet, how do you choose the perfect black skirt?

Well, as with everything, there is no one size or one style fits all. Choose a black skirt to suit your body shape, and then work the rest of your outfit around it.

how to wear a black pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

If you have an hourglass figure, for example, you may wish to opt for a pencil skirt to show off your curves. If you have a pear-shape, you will wish for a figure skimming style.

Sabina (above) wears a pencil skirt, which can be a great option for either the hourglass or the rectangular body type.

Recreate her look with this similar pencil skirt, sweater, moto jacket, stockings, tall boots and handbag.

Take a look at this article on the best skirt to suit your body shape.

Black pencil skirt

As our one black skirt that we we going to combine 9 different ways, I’ve opted for a black pencil skirt as it’s a classic option.

Think of your black skirt as a blank canvas. It is a quietly stylish addition to your closet, which will provide a base for the rest of your outfit.

It is the perfect skirt if you are thinking about ensuring that you have clothes which all go with each other.

Vince Camuto ponte midi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto ponte midi skirt

Also, check out our ultimate guide on how to create a capsule wardrobe.

Infinite black skirt outfit ideas

While clearly you could wear pretty much anything with your black skirt and it would look fabulous, below you will find 9 looks to help you with your black skirt outfit inspiration.

Black skirt outfit for the office

wearing your black skirt with orange | 40plusstyle.com

Anita (above) shows that an all black outfit can look fabulous with a pop of color.

Check out this similar blazer, tights, handbag and neck scarf.

office looks for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Vero Moda trench coatHalogen blouseVince Camuto ponte midi skirtJ. Reneé slingback pumpRebecca Minkoff satchelNakamol Chicago layered necklace

Wearing your black skirt for evening

A black skirt can effortlessly take you from day-to-night. It’s particularly useful if you have had a day at the office.

All you have to do is switch your button-down shirt for a stylish wrap top, and you’re good to go.

wearing your black skirt for an evening out | 40plusstyle.com

Annette (above) opts to pair her black with pink.

Check out this similar wrap top, handbag and tall boots.

skirt and wrap top outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J peplum topVince Camuto ponte midi skirtLinea Paolo slingback pumpOlga Berg embellished shoulder bagADORNIA drop earrings

A black skirt for every day

No matter what your lifestyle brings, whether you are doing the school run, heading to work, or meeting friends for lunch, for example, a black skirt should take you through any eventuality.

teaming a black skirt with a plaid coat | 40plusstyle.com

Jas (above) wears an on-trend plaid coat with her black skirt.

Steal her look with this similar coat, red top and tall boots.

plaid coat, sweater and pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Vero Moda check jacketBoden sweaterVince Camuto ponte midi skirtBorn tall bootRebecca Minkoff satchelMadewell hoop earrings

Wear for casual days

Like the majority of items in your closet you can choose to dress your black skirt up or down.

When worn with denim, or a t-shirt and sneakers, your black skirt can take on an altogether different vibe.

how to wear denim with classic pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Karen (above) knots her denim shirt and wears with sneakers.

Check out this similar denim top, sneakers and sunglasses to get her look.

stripe top, black skirt and sneakers outfit | 40plusstyle.com

1901 shoulder button detail topVince Camuto ponte midi skirtVeja sneakerTopshop crossbody bag

Add a rock chick vibe

It is often the little details which really make an outfit. You can change up the feel of your black skirt by switching your accessories and outerwear.

adding rock chick biker boots to an outfit for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Claudia (above) wears biker-style boots with her black skirt.

Recreate her look with a Chanel handbag, similar sweater, stockings and boots.

wearing a moto jacket with a black skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC suede moto jacketSplendid stripe topVince Camuto ponte midi skirtMarc Fisher LTD bootieSole Society convertible clutchMadewell disc statement earrings

Also take a look at how to dress the rock chick style personality.

Wear your black skirt with a blazer

teaming a blazer with your black skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Melinda (above) looks ultra-stylish in a plaid blazer and oxford shoes.

Check out this similar blazer, v-neck top, shoes and sunglasses.

black, white and red is always a classic outfit combination | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew blazerAnne Klein tie front blouseVince Camuto ponte midi skirtALLSAINTS slingback pumpTopshop croc embossed toteLele Sadoughi small arch hoop earrings

Smart casual with a denim jacket 

There are many times when you don’t want to look too smart. But, nor do you want to dress down completely.

A black skirt can provide the perfect option to form the basis of your outfit.

Simply add booties or loafers rather than sneakers or high heels, and you have the perfect middle ground.

how to wear a denim jacket for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Ashley (above) puts together a look which is simple, yet sleek, stylish and timeless.

Steal her look with this similar denim jacket, stripe tee, mules and necklace.

denim jacket with a geometric t-shirt and skirt | 40plusstyle.com

AG denim jacketRebecca Taylor linen topVince Camuto ponte midi skirtEarth sandalSondra Roberts satchelLizzie Fortunato drop earrings

You might also like this article on how to wear a denim jacket.

Black, white and red

There are few more classic color combinations than black, white and red.

If you ever are stuck for inspiration you really can’t go wrong with a monochrome outfit worn with a hint of red.

black, white and red make the perfect color combination | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 wrap topVince Camuto ponte midi skirtNaturalizer ankle strap sandalClare V. zip clutchMadewell disc statement earrings

For summer

A black skirt is versatile enough to be worn for any season.

wearing a black skirt for summer | 40plusstyle.com

Nic (above) teams hers with a classic white shirt and sneakers. And, of course, a stylish pair of sunnies.

Get her look with this similar white button down shirt, sneakers, drop earrings and sunglasses.

how to wear your black skirt in warmer weather | 40plusstyle.com

Gibson x Hi Sugarplum! off the shoulder topVince Camuto ponte midi skirtFly London sandalsTreasure & Bond woven straw toteNordstrom floppy hatBaubleBar fringe drop earrings

Below, you will find all of the black skirt outfits together in a capsule for you.

A black skirt capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

I’d love to know how you wear your black skirt. Let me know in the comments below.

Continue reading:

  1. What Is The Best Skirt For Your Body Type?
  2. The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That Works For You
  3. How To Choose The Perfect Little Black Dress For Your Body Type

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