Campus Style

No matter the occasion, all-black silhouettes can be chic looks. (AP Photo)

It’s getting to be that spooky time of year, and with that, there has never been a better time to tap into your dark side—the dark side of fashion, that is. The all-black silhouette is a style move that is grossly underplayed on campus and it’s about time we reap its benefits.

Audrey Hepburn mastered the monochromatic look and so can you. Here are a few tips to make this single color combination a tad easier to understand.

1. Try to match

Do you ever hold your black pants to your black tee and realize they are two completely different colors? You can blame your washing machine to an extent. When buying a completely new outfit, make sure to match up the two articles of clothing. To make sure they are the same, hold both items up to the light. If one item seems a little grey, search for another.

To keep your blacks black, watch how many times you are washing them and try using a special laundry detergent designed for dark clothing.

2. Watch for texture

The classic qualities of this look are lost if you pair black fur with dark snakeskin jeggings. If you want to add some jazz to your outfit, pick only one item. So if you want to wear a top with sparkles, keep the bottom portion of your outfit simple.

3. Find a flattering line

The slimming qualities of the color black are sacred. If you’re feeling a little self-conscious, it’s the perfect reason to keep the color flowing from head to toe. Still, you have to make a conscious thought when it comes to size and style. An oversized boho top and a flowy skirt may not create the most flattering line. It’s helpful to stick to an opposite’s rule like pairing tight black jeans with a loose sweater.

4. Play it down

This look isn’t reserved for super dressy occasions or funerals. A pencil skirt would obviously work better in the office than the movies, but don’t forget you can downplay these pieces. Office cardigans can go just as well with tanks and jeans as tailored pants.

Whatever preconceived notions are engraved in your mind, the all-black silhouette isn’t just for Wednesday Addams. Sample the dark side of fashion and you’ll look chicer than ever.