How to Spell Gabbana: The All-Black Garb

Written by Mariem ELTagoury

“On Wednesdays we wear black.”

Black! A colour so neutral, yet so controversial. It can either be considered chic and timeless or associated with goth, rock, and punk. It can be categorized as a slimming colour, or a colour that denotes old age. It has been described as the ‘King of Colours’. It is also the colour of mourning, and if you’re from our culture that can last up to a year!

So, whether you need an all-black outfit for work, a funeral reception, or you’re a fan of the colour; here are a few ideas to help you out with your next outfit.

Note: I’ve kept the outfits on the more conservative side for family and work occasions but feel free to re-create anything as risqué as you like!

Outfit #1

Top left to right: blouse, blazer, jumper, pants, loafers, earrings, and scarf
Source: top, blazer, sweater, pants, loafers, earrings, and scarf/ pashmina

A look professional enough for the office, modest enough for the family, and practical enough for a long day: Pair straight cut trousers with a simple top for warm days, and switch to a basic sweater for chillier ones. The classic blazer offers an extra layer of warmth and keeps the look conservative. Keeping with practicality, wear a pair of loafers and simple stud earrings to accessorize. A scarf/pashmina is a smart way to accessorize and always comes in handy when the weather turns chilly – or the AC is out of control!

Outfit #2


Hoop earrings, little black dress, flat ballerinas, heels, tights, coat, and belt
Source: Hoop earrings, little black dress, flat ballerinas, heels, tights, cardigan, and belt

A LBD is a timeless classic, and this basic one here is an excellent foundation for many looks. Accessorize with a belt for structure; add some tights and a cardigan during the winter. You can easily switch out the black tights for beige or sheer ones during warmer fall months. Gold hoop earrings are a simple, yet approved, accessory for all-black occasions. For comfort, try flat ballerinas; for sophistication, go for the heels.

Outfit #3

Source: blouse, heels, pants, sweater, scarf/ pashmina
Source: blouse, heels, shoes, jumper, earrings, and scarf/ pashmina

A pretty basic outfit here: pair a lace button-up shirt with wide-legged pants for a look that’s both work and activity appropriate. The black pashmina/scarf is a must-own, for both veiled and unveiled young ladies. Switch out the lace top for a simple v-neck jumper in winter. As stated before, you can’t go wrong when accessorizing black with simple gold earrings. Lastly, throw on a pair of pointed toe flats for chic comfort.

Outfit #4

Source: blouse, necklace, skirt, heels, sweater, ring
Source: blouse, ring, skirt, heels, jumper, bracelet, and bag

Just because it’s all-black doesn’t mean it can’t be fancy. Up your game with this floral jacquard knee length skirt and a tucked in unique top. Accessorize with a gold bracelet and ring. Finally, finish with a structured medium-sized tote and some chunky heels.


It’s Your Turn!

What are your favourite all-black outfit hacks? When do you wear all-black? Are you pro all-black outfits during the winter season? Have you gone for a long while dressed in all-black? How was your experience? How do you add excitement to your black outfits? Let us know in the comments!

About Mariem El Tagoury

I am a graduate from German University Cairo. Reading novels is my passion and writing is my release. My guilty pleasures include fashion & playing around with my make-up kit. A couple of years back when I was introduced to the online world, back in 2007; I was quite surprised that in spite of the presence of thousands of young Egyptians who follow the online sphere daily, there wasn’t one site that represented us or our lifestyle. [Later we’d come to see the rise of the political, religion, social-elite, and foodie websites, but still the voice of the average Cairene youth was missing.] I was glad to find out that I wasn’t the only one who had the feeling of the outsider on the internet, that’s why I decided to gather a team to fill a gap & finally find our place online and give Cairo’s youth a real voice that reflects its true culture. I hope you find our site interesting with a new view of life. Besides running the magazine & editing, I write the “Sans Sugarcoating” column, pardon my french, and a couple of other stuff around here! If you want to contact me, my email is [email protected]; you can also use our contact form or email directly to [email protected]

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