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Different Ways To Wear a Black Skirt

Updated on January 09, 2016
This dressy black bandage skirt looks fabulous with a ruffled nude sleeveless blouse and high, high black heels.
This dressy black bandage skirt looks fabulous with a ruffled nude sleeveless blouse and high, high black heels. | Source


If you've ever wondered why some women look perfect when they wear a black skirt, it's because they're not trying to outdo the skirt itself. They let the skirt do its job, and design around it.

So here's a list of classic ways to wear that black skirt that's collecting dust in your closet!


Wearing a Black Skirt with a Belt

When a belt is the same color as your skirt or pants, your waist will appear shorter and your legs longer; if the belt is a different color, your body will appear cut in half. The best belt balances the impact of color, texture, and contrast, so choose wisely.

  • A black suede belt with silver buckle: A black mid-calf length wool skirt will look smashing with a black turtleneck and silver jewelry. Try cowboy-style shoe-boots to complete the look.
  • A black patent leather belt: Wear a knee-length skirt with an animal-print sweater or twin set and black pumps for an eye-catching, attractive style.
  • Match a black miniskirt with a wide, stretchy black belt and a crisp, collared white blouse for a look that's fetching, but not overtly sexy. Wear with black flats or riding boots.
  • Or, try a high-waisted black pencil skirt with a narrow belt. Add a red silk blouse and gold jewelry for a chic look.

It's hard to go wrong with a Gucci bag, and this woman looks chic with a mid-thigh black skirt, narrow belt, and a trench coat.
It's hard to go wrong with a Gucci bag, and this woman looks chic with a mid-thigh black skirt, narrow belt, and a trench coat. | Source
I love this look! A long black skirt with layers on top and a scarf. Also, chunky black boots!
I love this look! A long black skirt with layers on top and a scarf. Also, chunky black boots! | Source

The Shoes to Wear with a Black Skirt

You can wear almost any type of shoes with a black skirt, but consider material, skirt length, and season of the year before you leave your home. Here are some examples.

  • When wearing a black skirt with low-heeled Mary Janes, choose a skirt that comes to slightly above the knee. High-heeled Mary Janes should be worn with a skirt that ends at the knee. Woolen skirts are great to counter the sturdy style of the Mary Jane.
  • A long, slinky silk or clingy velvet black skirt will look great with high black stilettos. Pairing this style skirt and shoe will make one's legs appear longer. A glittery evening top balances the slim lower half.
  • If you'd like to wear your black skirt with loafers, try a mid-calf length. It will look fun when put with loafers of any height and an interesting vest over a fitted t-shirt.

Or, choose boots!

  • Suede knee-high boots look very smart when worn with a knee-length black skirt
  • Doc Martens look terrific with a black miniskirt and a newsboy-style cap.
  • Wear a long, ankle-length black skirt with any type of ankle boots.

A long black skirt benefits from a bright top and coordinating accessories and what appear to be Mary Janes peeking out from under.
A long black skirt benefits from a bright top and coordinating accessories and what appear to be Mary Janes peeking out from under. | Source

Wearing a Black Skirt with a Hat

The real trick to wearing a black skirt with a hat is to choose the right type of hat. Here are some general hat rules:

  • A knee-length black skirt suit can be worn easily with a black felt pillbox hat, like Jacqueline Kennedy
  • If you prefer a more casual hat like a beret, choose a mid-calf black skirt and a light-colored turtleneck
  • A wider felt hat like a Breton can be worn very charmingly with knee boots and a black skirt in a heavy material, like wool.

A black skirt and fishnets is an exciting look for those bold enough to wear it.
A black skirt and fishnets is an exciting look for those bold enough to wear it. | Source

Black Skirts in Costumes

There are so many directions to go with black skirts in costumes it's mind-boggling. But here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Go Edwardian with a long, slim black skirt and a silk blouse with a floppy bow at the neck
  • Forget about a blouse! Grab your longest, swingiest black skirt and hike it over your chest, then cinch with a glittery belt
  • Pair a black mini with black fishnet tights and high heels and show up at a party as a dancer! (Carry a small clutch purse and be prepared to accept dollar bills.)

What kind of black skirt is your favorite?

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Sources

  • Chase, Deborah. Terms of Adornment: The Ultimate Guide to Accessories. Everything You Need to Know About Buying, Collecting, Wearing, and Caring for Them. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1999

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey, teaches12345! Yes, that first look is really something... I don't have anywhere to go wearing that either, but aren't those ruffles fabulous?

      But I do love a black belt with a black skirt... it looks effortlessly sharp and fresh. :^)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I really like the first photo, but afraid that I would have no wear to go. Maybe just for fun, I could wear this outfit to write hubs. Anyway, love your ideas and how you give suggestions for accesorizing. I will have to add a belt to mine for the best look next time. Thanks.

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