Article and photos by: Alexandra Little
“Autumnal” – what does this word call to mind? At first thought, it reminds me of the thousands of apple-picking pictures taking over my newsfeed, and makes me start stressing about my potential Halloween costume options.
Pumpkin spice aside, with the changing leaves comes one of my favorite fashion trends ever: monochromatic looks – in particular, the eternally cool all-black ensemble. During the fall shopping season, it’s practically impossible to walk through Zara or H&M without noticing the trend. When the seasons bring on shorter days and colder weather, it’s the perfect opportunity to rock your most chic and edgy black clothing items – as they say, black is back.
According to Hoya Sarah Dankens (SFS 2018), the best part about black is that is without a doubt its versatility. “Black can be worn subtly or as a statement, but either way, it works well for any kind of event, both fancy and relaxed.” So is there any downside to black? Potentially. In order to succeed in establishing a chic monochrome wardrobe, one must be careful to wear the color consistently without looking like one is always dressed the same.
If you’re seeking some inspo for how to rock a timeless monochrome look, Thirty Seventh has you covered. We recruited three stylish Hoyas to put together their favorite all-black ensembles, and each succeed in creating a totally unique outfit, representative of each student’s personal style. Check out the final looks below:
Felt hat / Simple tank / Fur vest / Destroyed black denim / Leather booties
Long-sleeved tee / Asymmetrical skort / Chelsea boots
Basic zip-up / Sweater with elbow patches / Trench coat / Skinny jeans / Statement belt
Not ready to jump into a completely monochrome look? A great way to play around with the trend is by incorporating other basic colors such as white and grey, to create an effortless ensemble and without totally taking the all-black risk. Try a white print on a black shirt, or swap your black pants for some grey denim like the trendy Hoyas below!
Basic tee / Grey skinny jeans / Black sneakers / Black sunnies
Polka-dot printed button-up / Black skinny denim / White belt / White sneakers