The Hottest Color of Spring: Black

It's not just for goths, punks, and bikers anymore—there's a new way to wear the shade that combines those influences with designer pieces for a look that's totally of the moment.

Photograph by Brad Bridgers, styling by Elizabeth Osborne at Halley Resources

It's not just for goths, punks, and bikers anymore—there's a new way to wear the shade that combines those influences with designer pieces for a look that's totally of the moment.

1. Zipped Sweatshirt

Don't settle for a generic one: Seek out luxe fabrics, durable construction, and distinctive details like the bold, asymmetrical zipper seen here.

DRKSHDW ($625)

2. Trucker Jacket

This is the ideal piece of light outerwear on a mild spring night (and a great layering piece for an unexpectedly cold spring day).

Second/Layer ($375)

3. Straight-Legged Jeans

Dress 'em up, dress 'em down—they'll always do you right: the workhorse of the all-black wardrobe.

Public School ($168)

4. Shades

Of course, you'll need a pair of matte, all-black sunglasses to match the rest of your outfit.

Dior Homme ($665)

5. Long-Sleeved Pocket Tee

A great utility player, especially when it's soft and gauzy—wear it on its own or under a sweatshirt, a jacket, or a blazer.

Acne ($120)

The Endorsement: Dr. Martens

Docs were always the one item that brought together the different tribes who wore the all-black look. Lately they've made a comeback (like most things that were popular in the nineties). Why? They're the perfect chunky black oxfords. Skip the ones with the contrast stitching and the AirWair label in favor of this sleeker, lower-profile model. ($150)

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