17 Ways to Upscale your Basic Black Uniform

Black is always the new black.

You don't have to add colour to upscale a black outfit, but on those days you feel like a bit of a lift, there are textures, details and fine prints that can really inspire your ebony game.

31 May 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

Black is the new black. Always has been. Always will be. But even those of us who can’t go past the ebony shade from day-to-day have to admit that sometimes, just sometimes, a little dash of flash is called for.

When it comes to ink ensembles, a subtle flourish of white, silver or gold – or even just some extra basic texture or detail – adds some un-colourful colour to any sable ensemble!

Even a little white goes a long way.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Adriana Grain Black/White

Adriana Grain Black/White, $540 – available at Acne Studios.

A little pop of print can prove a game changer.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Cheap Monday Moon Print Capsule Dress

Cheap Monday Moon Print Capsule Dress, $55 – available at ASOS.

Put a pep in your step with sassy detail.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Arielle Ankle Wrap Sandal

Arielle Ankle Wrap Sandal, approx. $451 now $316 – available at Loeffler Randall.

Go floral. It doesn’t always have to be fancy. 

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Monki Midi Graphic Print Dress

Monki Midi Graphic Print Dress, $62 – available at ASOS.

Even your iPhone can get in on the act. 

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Pixie Market Moon and Star iPhone 6 Case

Moon and Star iPhone 6 Case, approx. $40 – available at Pixie Market.

Add oomph with a black and gold combination.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Amber Sceats Bella Ear Cuff

Bella Ear Cuff, $89 – available at Amber Sceats.

A sliver of light lifts an otherwise everyday style.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Ann Taylor Stitched Stripe Wide Leg Cropped Pants

Stitched Stripe Wide Leg Cropped Pants, approx. $260 now $225 – available at Ann Taylor.

Nix any boring fashion black out with a neckerchief.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - General Pants Bandana Black

Bandana Black, $12.99 – available at General Pants.

Lift the life of your weekend loungewear – whilst keeping it moody.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - boohoo Lauren All Over Star Print Lounge Set

Lauren All Over Star Print Lounge Set, $40 – available at Boohoo.

A scarf with a touch of tonality is perfection against an all-black base.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - SABA Venetian Print Scarf

Venetian Print Scarf, $69 now $36 – available at SABA.

Add a new twist to your tuxedo with a touch of textured  jacquard.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Metalicus Lydia Long Sleeve Jacket in Black & White

Lydia Long Sleeve Jacket in Black & White, 169.95 now $119 – available at Metalicus.

With contrast, the LBD just gets a little bit lovelier.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Karen Millen Velvet Floral Applique Dress

Velvet Floral Applique Dress, $545 – available at Karen Millen.

Break up the blackness with a flash of flesh!

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - ALLSAINTS Mast Slashed Jeans

Mast Slashed Jeans, approx. $197 – available at AllSaints.

Gold details and blue lenses reinvent the black sunny vibe.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - LA LUNE Day Sunglasses Blue

LA LUNE Day Sunglasses Blue, $39.95 – available at Beginning Boutique.

Add more originality to your Adidas Originals.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Adidas Originals Adilette SC Plus Gold

Adidas Originals Adilette SC Plus Gold, approx. $55 – available at Solestruck.

Give a glimpse of what’s beneath the black.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - Forever New Ruby Ruched Bodice Maxi

Ruby Ruched Bodice Maxi, $229.99 now $79.95 – available at Forever New.

Graphic contrast adds a modern monochrome edge.

17 Ways To Upscale Your Basic Black Uniform: AW16 - PHILIPP PLEIN Black Box Gown

PHILIPP PLEIN Black Box Gown, $711.59 – available at Farfetch.

Are you a stickler for an all-black uniform? How do you switch up the look without adding a new shade?


31 May 2016 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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