How to Wear All Black Without Looking Emo

How to Wear All Black Without Looking Emo

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You can never go wrong with wearing all black. However, you may not always want to look like you jumped straight out of 2007 during your teenage emo phase. ‘Cause that was not cute… But it’s possible to still look cute even if you’re dressed in black from head-to-toe. Here are my tips on how to wear all black without looking emo!

P.S. my jacket is from JOA, my jeans are from Citizens of Humanity (similar here on sale right now), and my chelsea boots are from Jeffrey Campbell (similar here).

READ ALSO: How to Style Bold Coloured Boots for Winter

1. Add some dainty jewelry

By dainty, I don’t mean cute little skull necklaces (tbh I’d be down to rediscover my emo self, I saw some cute skull-themed jewelry pieces at the Guillermo del Toro exhibit today). If you’re going for a more feminine look, try some pretty jewelry pieces like this antler necklace by Dana Henning Jewelry! You might recognize it from my post on how to wear white on white.


2. Put on a bright coloured lipstick

Skip the nudes, plums, and blacks. Go for something bright like red or pink! I’m wearing Candy Cane by Too Faced (limited edition, dupe by Make Up For Ever here).


3. Wear neutral eye makeup

Did anyone else use to pack on black eyeshadow without blending it out properly? Eek. My everyday eye makeup look is just some light brown eyeshadow, slightly winged liner, and lots of mascara (it’s NEUTRAL not NATURAL okay).


4. Throw on a coloured accessory or two

If you’re not about wearing jewelry or makeup, wear a coloured hat, mittens, scarf, or any other accessory to complement your all black outfit. A pop of colour is always fun!


There’s nothing wrong with looking emo (u do u girl, I still have my emo days here and there) but I thought I’d share with you guys some tips on how to make all black look a little more feminine. Here are a few more of my fave black clothing pieces right now!

How do you guys prefer to wear all black? Feminine or emo? Speaking of emo… I’m just going to leave this here.

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on how to style Adidas Yeezy Boosts.

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  • Love your tips! I always love to wear all black, it always makes me feel so witchy, haha! I always try to wear a bright colored lipstick! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // http://www.funinthecloset.com

  • All black looks have been my go-tos lately. These are great tips for wearing all black – especially about breaking it all up with a colored accessory!

  • Kimberly Hsieh

    First time coming here from your email list! Love it 🙂 I think mixing patterns like lace and velvet and so on also make the all black look less emo!

  • Loveee these tips, girl! You always look good in all black!

  • Haley Stanley

    Hey girl, I seriously love this! I always avoid black on black because I don’t know how to wear it well, so this really helped! 🙂

  • Francesca Gariano

    This whole post is a #MOOD, I’m crying hahahaha. This is a Look™ (that jacket is AMAZING) and I think I choked laughing at this line: “There’s nothing wrong with looking emo (u do u girl, I still have my emo days here and there)”. Me and my inner emo child love this post to death.