Black is the New Black: Our Best Picks

By Carmel Dunne

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There’s no denying we’re big advocates for colour, with spring in the air, all things red trending and floral prints taking over our wardrobes it’s not often we revisit the staple that is black. As our wardrobes most valuable player, we’re taking the time to value the colour (or lack thereof) for being the chic essential we can always rely on.

Scroll on to shop our best black picks:

Warehouse Faux Leather Core Pelmet Skirt
Warehouse Faux Leather Core Pelmet Skirt

Fake it `til you make it. Faux in leather, real in just about everything else. A line skirt Main : Viscose 88%, Polyester 12% Lining : Polyester 100% Hand wash only

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Deepa Gurnani Deepa by Charlotte Earrings
Deepa Gurnani Deepa by Charlotte Earrings

These Deepa Gurnani pendant earrings are detailed with beaded fringe. Post closure. Plated brass post. Imported, India. Measurements Length: 4in / 10cm

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Self-Portrait Strike guipure lace mini dress
Self-Portrait Strike guipure lace mini dress

This draped Strike dress is a stunning example of Self-Portrait's detailed craftsmanship. It's made from a patchwork of black dot-mesh and geometric guipure-lace and designed with a contrasting white mini dress for coverage. Blocked shoulder panels scalloped sleeves and tailored pleats on the hip provide flattering definition. Wear with nude accessories to complete a modern and minimal look.

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Truffle Collection Eyelet Strap Mid Heel Wrinkle Patent Shoes
Truffle Collection Eyelet Strap Mid Heel Wrinkle Patent Shoes

Shoes by Truffle, Patent faux-leather upper, Ankle-strap fastening, Round toe, Block heel, Wipe with a damp cloth, 100% Polyurethane Upper.

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Aquazzura Powder Puff suede pumps
Aquazzura Powder Puff suede pumps

It's the decorative embellishments that take Aquazzura's after-dark shoes from classic to contemporary. These black suede Powder Puff pumps - new for Pre-AW17 - are dotted at the front with a supersized pompom and imbued with seductive appeal via a slender stiletto heel. Step into them to take an evening look to feminine new heights.

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Rebecca Vallance Martina Tie Shoulder Midi Dress
Rebecca Vallance Martina Tie Shoulder Midi Dress

Meet the LBD'S younger sister, the Martina Tie Shoulder Midi Dress. The dress is elevated with it's miniscule lurex fabrication and grosgrain ribbon shoulder detailing. - Silk slip underneath - Back vent - Dry clean only - Model wears a size 8 and is 175cm tall

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Chloé Faye mini leather & suede backpack
Chloé Faye mini leather & suede backpack

Classically feminine, modern, and elegant, the Faye satchel from Chloé is a refined reflection of the 70s spirit. Revised to mimic a miniature backpack , this accessory is accented with soft calf leather and sumptuous suede, fitted with side zips and the iconic piercing 'ring loop' with a clip and chain. Opening to reveal enough room for your absolute essentials, it has adjustable back straps and brand engraving on the flap closure. (Height 20cm, width 17cm, depth 11cm) Chloé leather backpack Press stud closure Ring hoop and chain, suede flap, adjustable back straps Use specialist cleaner Height 20cm, width 17cm, depth 11cm

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Missguided Rebel Supersoft Superstrech Skinny Jeans
Missguided Rebel Supersoft Superstrech Skinny Jeans

"Black jeans are a forever-favourite. In a superstretch fabric and skinny jean style, these will take you from street to sleek and everything in between. Regular / stretch fit - front zip and button fasten 100% Polyester Regular inside leg length: 75cm/29.5"" (approx. based on a UK size 8) Tsanna wears a UK size 8 / EU size 36 / US size 4 and her height is 5'9"""

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Zimmermann Gossamer crochet-knit dress
Zimmermann Gossamer crochet-knit dress

Zimmermann's black Gossamer dress is beautifully simple. It's crafted from cotton-blend crochet to a fluid batwing -sleeve shape and cinched at the waist with a tonal skinny suede tie. It's an elegant choice that will take you far beyond the beach - just add gold-tone accessories.

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MinkPink Slinky Wrap Cropped Jumpsuit
MinkPink Slinky Wrap Cropped Jumpsuit

Slinky Wrap Cropped Jumpsuit by Minkpink Cropped jumpsuit Crossover bust Elasticated waist Side belt loops - detachable belt included In seam pockets Soft touch slinky material Unlined 95% Viscose 5% Elastane Length of size XS/8 shoulder to hem: 125cm

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Zimmermann Gossamer polka-dot embroidered silk jumpsuit
Zimmermann Gossamer polka-dot embroidered silk jumpsuit

Zimmermann has mastered the art of summer black - a skill exemplified in this exquisite Gossamer jumpsuit. It's crafted fro m diaphanous silk-georgette with polka-dot embroidery and shaped with a plunging neckline skin-baring back and flowing cropped legs. Pair it with flat sandals through the day swapping them for heels come sunset.

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Balenciaga Triangle Duffle leather tote
Balenciaga Triangle Duffle leather tote

Triangle Duffle black leather tote by Balenciaga

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Raey Split-skirt linen halterneck dress
Raey Split-skirt linen halterneck dress

This navy double-front wrap dress is a fine example of Raey's signature clean aesthetic. It's crafted from a lightweight linen-blend to a shoulder-exposing halterneck silhouette with a tie that fastens at the nape of the neck and the ankle-skimming skirt is split for fluid movement. Wear it on vacation with leather sandals in a complementary hue.

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INC International Concepts Gold-Tone Graduated Linear Drop Earrings, Created for Macy's
INC International Concepts Gold-Tone Graduated Linear Drop Earrings, Created for Macy's

Colorful and oh-so glamorous, you'll adore the fabulous look of these graduated thread-wrapped linear drop earrings from INC International Concepts in gold-tone mixed metal. Approximate drop: 3-1/2". Created for Macy's Web ID: 4765647

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Missguided 90's Neck Frill Detail Maxi Dress
Missguided 90's Neck Frill Detail Maxi Dress

"Throw it back to the 90's wearing this dress - featuring a maxi length and frill detail. Let's help history repeat itself. regular / stretch fit 100% Polyester Approx length: 80cm/30"" (based on a UK size 8 sample) Olga wears a UK size 8 / EU size 36 / US size 4 and her height is 5'9"""

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GIOSEPPO Talal
GIOSEPPO Talal

Talal

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Loewe Barcelona small leather cross-body bag
Loewe Barcelona small leather cross-body bag

Luxe leather accessories are Loewe's calling card and the Barcelona bag is a classic example. In smooth black leather this boxy cross-body bag is modern and minimal finished with a logo-engraved metallic plaque at the front. Adjust the strap to your perfect fit - it can be held worn across the body or swung nonchalantly from one shoulder.

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Nicholas Kirkwood Leda suede slingback sandals
Nicholas Kirkwood Leda suede slingback sandals

Nicholas Kirkwood updates its signature Leda pumps for the new season in an elegant slingback sandal silhouette. They're crafted from sumptuously soft black suede with wide toe and arch straps and are set onto a manageable 70mm stiletto heel. Wear them to ground striking bold prints come evening.

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Missguided Faux Leather Flat Studded Sandals
Missguided Faux Leather Flat Studded Sandals

Step up your shoe game with these black faux leather flat sandals featuring a studded insole. Upper: faux leather Lining: faux leather Sole: other materials

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Asos Skater Coat In Wool Blend With Funnel Neck
Asos Skater Coat In Wool Blend With Funnel Neck

Coat by ASOS Collection, Soft-touch wool-mix fabric, Fully lined, Funnel collar, Press stud placket, Self-tie waist belt to cinch in the waist, Functional pockets, Regular fit - true to size, Dry clean, 60% Polyester, 32% Wool, 6% Viscose, 2% Nylon, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 178cm/5'10 tall. Score a wardrobe win no matter the dress code with our ASOS Collection own-label collection. From polished prom to the after party, our London-based design team scour the globe to nail your new-season fashion goals with need-right-now dresses, outerwear, shoes and denim in the coolest shapes and fits.

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Asos Bardot Long Sleeve Maxi Dress In Polka Dot
Asos Bardot Long Sleeve Maxi Dress In Polka Dot

Maxi dress by ASOS Collection, Stretch fabric, Polka dot print, Bardot neck, Long sleeves, Regular fit - true to size, Machine wash, 96% Viscose, 4% Elastane, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 176 cm/5'9.5 tall. Score a wardrobe win no matter the dress code with our ASOS Collection own-label collection. From polished prom to the after party, our London-based design team scour the globe to nail your new-season fashion goals with need-right-now dresses, outerwear, shoes and denim in the coolest shapes and fits.

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VIRGINIA BIZZI Handbags - Item 45331578
VIRGINIA BIZZI Handbags - Item 45331578

VIRGINIA BIZZI Handbags. mini, plain weave, solid color, metal applications, framed closure, lined interior, clutch bags. 100% Cotton

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Rag & Bone High Rise Capri Jeans in Black Hampton
Rag & Bone High Rise Capri Jeans in Black Hampton

nding with a dramatically stepped hem, these so-cool capris from rag & bone/JEAN ace downtown weekend style with a high-rise silhouette and above-the-ankle inseam. Fits true to size, order your normal size Zip fly with button closure, five-pocket silhouette, high-rise Tonal stitching, charcoal logo hardware, frayed stepped hem 10.5" rise, 23.5" inseam, 11" leg opening, based on a size 25 Model measurements: 5'10" height, 33.5" bust, 23.5" waist, 34.5" hips, wearing a size 25 Cotton/polyurethane Machine wash Made in USA

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Acne Studios Merlyn oversized leather biker jacket
Acne Studios Merlyn oversized leather biker jacket

A black leather biker jacket is one of the most timeless wardrobe stalwarts around and Acne Studios is famed for crafting some of the best. A true classic this buttery black lamb-leather Merlyn design is crafted to a slightly oversized silhouette and toughened with all the traditional zips and buckles in polished silver-tone metal. It's faultless over a T-shirt and jeans and try it over a crisp cotton dress for a cool trans-seasonal look.

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Missguided Satin Frill Dip Hem Midi Skirt
Missguided Satin Frill Dip Hem Midi Skirt

"Get your frills in this silky satin skirt with frill hem detail and totally own the room in this perfect piece. back zip fastening mixed fibres Approx length 65cm/25.5” (Based on a UK size 8 sample) Olga wears a UK size 8 / EU size 36 / US size 4 and her height is 5'9"""

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Gucci Soho grained-leather cross-body bag
Gucci Soho grained-leather cross-body bag

The GG-quilted front panel on Gucci's black grained-leather Soho cross-body bag is an unforgettable signature. Supremely crafted in Italy it features an adjustable shoulder strap as well as coordinating lacquered edges and an oversized tassel zip pull. Use the two internal slip pockets to organise personal items before swinging it over a daytime look.

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Mother The Hustler Ankle Fray Jeans
Mother The Hustler Ankle Fray Jeans

High-waisted MOTHER jeans in a cropped flare silhouette. Raw, frayed cuffs. 4-pocket styling. Button closure and zip fly. Fabric: Stretch denim. 92.5% cotton/5% polyester/2.5% elastane. Wash cold or dry clean. Made in the USA. Imported materials. Measurements Rise: 10.75in / 27cm Inseam: 27.25in / 69cm Leg opening: 15.75in / 40cm Measurements from size 27

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Languid Off The Shoulder Dress
Languid Off The Shoulder Dress

Languid Off The Shoulder Dress

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Missguided Wrap Shirt Dress Black
Missguided Wrap Shirt Dress Black

"Get the look this season in this totally killer wrap over shirt dress. In a figure flattering luxe black fabric with long sleeves and wrap tie front details this one will have you hot to trot. Get that glamorous feel and team up with some barley there heels and a matching clutch for a sleek evening style. Approx length 89cm/35"" 60% Polyester 40% Cotton Cindy wears a UK size 8 / EU size 36 / US size 4 and her height is 5'9"""

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Mansur Gavriel Red-lined Mini leather bucket bag
Mansur Gavriel Red-lined Mini leather bucket bag

Since the launch of the brand in 2012 Mansur Gavriel's bucket bags have joined the select list of bags to invest in along with decades-old legends. This black Mini version is crafted from vegetable-tanned leather and has a striking red bonded-leather interior drawstring-fastening top and minimal hardware. Keep it for years to come and enjoy the beautiful ageing of the leather.

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INC International Concepts Gold-Tone Multi-Stone & Tassel Drop Earrings, Created for Macy's
INC International Concepts Gold-Tone Multi-Stone & Tassel Drop Earrings, Created for Macy's

Sparkling stones sit above cool colored tassels on these super chic INC International Concepts drop earrings. Designed in gold-tone mixed metal and colored polyester thread. Approximate drop: 4". Created for Macy's Web ID: 4768596

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J Brand Maria High Rise Leather Pants
J Brand Maria High Rise Leather Pants

NOTE: Runs true to size. These high-rise J Brand leather pants have a skinny profile and metal ankle zips. Slant front pockets and patch back pockets. Single-button closure and zip fly. Fabric: Leather. 100% lambskin. Leather clean. Imported, China. Measurements Rise: 10in / 25.5cm Inseam: 29in / 73.5cm Leg opening: 10in / 25.5cm

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Sandro Farah Dress
Sandro Farah Dress

Farah Dress

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boohoo Lottie Velvet Wrap Dress black
boohoo Lottie Velvet Wrap Dress black

Lottie Velvet Wrap Dress black

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Missguided Longline Blazer
Missguided Longline Blazer

"Go for the tailored chic look with this all black longline blazer! Perfect for staying stylish while out and about! Regular Fit Mixed Fibres Livia wears a UK size 8 / EU size 36 / US size 4 and her height is 5'9"""

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Missguided High Waisted Lace Up Skinny Jeans
Missguided High Waisted Lace Up Skinny Jeans

"Lace up your life in these super chic black jeans - featuring lace up front details, a high waist and skinny fit. You'll be raising the style stakes in these! stretch fit 78% Viscose 22% Polyester Regular inside leg length: 103cm/40"" (approx. based on a UK size 8 sample) Tsanna wears a UK size 8 / EU size 36 / US size 4 and her height is 5'9"""

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SABA Patsy Dress
SABA Patsy Dress

Get ready for your next special event with this beautiful Patsy Dress by Saba. Crafted from lightweight chiffon, the black dress features ruffled details around the waist and cuffs.

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Missguided Stud Detail Sandal
Missguided Stud Detail Sandal

Sandals by Missguided, Faux-leather upper, Slip-on style, Caged front, Stud detailing, Open back, Wipe clean, Heel height: 0.5cm/0.2. With an eye on the catwalks and hottest gals around, Missguided's in-house team design for the dreamers, believers and night lovers. Taking the risks no one else dares to, its bodycon dresses, crop tops and ripped denim are your standout style hacks.

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Asos Maxi Wrap Skirt In Satin
Asos Maxi Wrap Skirt In Satin

Maxi skirt by ASOS Collection, Smooth satin, High-rise waist, Wrap design, Tie detail, Regular fit - true to size, Machine wash, 100% Polyester, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 173cm/5'8 tall. Score a wardrobe win no matter the dress code with our ASOS Collection own-label collection. From polished prom to the after party, our London-based design team scour the globe to nail your new-season fashion goals with need-right-now dresses, outerwear, shoes and denim in the coolest shapes and fits.

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Raey Crepe shirtdress
Raey Crepe shirtdress

Raey's black crepe shirtdress is an elegant pick for off-duty days. It's cut for a loose silhouette and finished with a tie-fastening belt to cinch you in at the waist. Slip a roll-neck sweater underneath for extra coverage until summer arrives.

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Marc Jacobs Wilde Mary Jane Sandal - 75mm
Marc Jacobs Wilde Mary Jane Sandal - 75mm

WildeMaryJaneSandal-75mmMarc Jacobs' patent leather Wilde Mary Jane sandals are styled with a chunky block heel and grosgrain ankle ties, making them a versatile choice for timeless wear- Open toe- Slingback strap- Patent-leather-covered block heel- Grosgrain trim- Crystal-embellished hardware- Ankle tie closure- Lined with leather- Leather sole- 7.5 cm heel height

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The Tower Mini Dress
The Tower Mini Dress

The Tower Mini Dress

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Warehouse Eyelet Dress
Warehouse Eyelet Dress

Eyelet Dress

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Morning Rain Gown
Morning Rain Gown

Morning Rain Gown

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Raey V-neck silk-satin cami top
Raey V-neck silk-satin cami top

Raey is known for its luxurious takes on wardrobe staples. This black cami top is made in the UK from silk-satin with skinny shoulder straps and has a deep V-neck front that is mirrored at the reverse for an alluring flourish. Try tucking it in to mannish trousers.

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Country Road Pleated Fluted Sleeve Top
Country Road Pleated Fluted Sleeve Top

This piece has been created as part of our limited CR Capsule collection. Made in an intricately pleated fabric, this top has a softly fluted sleeve, modern mock neck and clean laser cut edge. Let the beautiful pleating be the hero of your look by styling it with the matching skirt or a cleanly designed pant and heel. To achieve the beautiful, intricate pleating of some of our CR.CAPSULE styles we've used a fine yarn polyester, which is required to hold the pleats and couldn't be achieved with other fabric bases. Model is 178cm tall and is wearing size S/10.

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Rachel Zoe Blouses - Item 38629611
Rachel Zoe Blouses - Item 38629611

RACHEL ZOE Blouses. chiffon, tassels, basic solid color, deep neckline, long sleeves, front closure, self-tie wrap closure, no pockets. 100% Silk

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STYLEKEEPERS Afternoon Delight Off Shoulder Top
STYLEKEEPERS Afternoon Delight Off Shoulder Top

An off-shoulder STYLEKEEPERS top with a smocked, fit-and-flare profile. Button placket. Ruffled neckline and extended single-button cuffs. Fabric: Lightweight weave. 95% polyester/5% spandex. Hand wash or dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Length: 22.75in / 58cm, from center back Measurements from size S

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MLM Label Ruffled Camisole
MLM Label Ruffled Camisole

An MLM LABEL camisole with soft ruffles that frame the V neckline and wrap around the waist. Adjustable shoulder straps. Button back keyhole. Fabric: Slinky weave. 100% viscose. Hand wash or dry clean. Imported, Indonesia. Measurements Length: 26.75in / 68cm, from shoulder Measurements from size S

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Chloé Susanna studded leather ankle boots
Chloé Susanna studded leather ankle boots

Black and silver studded leather ankle boots by Chloé

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