Former fashion editor Carine Roitfeld wears a black skirt to a fashion event.

Clothing Ideas With Black Skirts

by Danielle Jennings

A black skirt is a fashion staple that has withstood the test of time. This wardrobe essential can easily take your from the boardroom and cocktails to church and casual Saturdays. One of the best things about a black skirt is the myriad of ways you can wear it to reflect your personal style, mood or environment.


Arguably one of the easiest and most popular ways to wear a black skirt is to pair it with a blouse. For the office, more conservative blouse styles in understated colors are largely appropriate, but when it's time for the weekend or a night on the town, a blouse can be a fun component to your black skirt as well. A collared blouse or one with pleating details is a more conservative option; a brightly colored blouse with an open neckline, billowy sleeves or a high-lo hemline is great for evenings out when paired with a bandage black skirt or a flared black skater skirt.


Jackets are the ultimate finishing touch to virtually any outfit; in fact, some may say that your fashion ensemble isn't fully realized until a jacket is added. When paired with a black skirt, the jacket possibilities are endless, so it's best to experiment with various styles. Whether you prefer denim jackets, blazers, motorcycle jackets or leather styles, the best way to get the most out of your black skirt is to have a few different jacket styles on hand to give your skirt an updated look whenever you feel like it.

Knit Tops, Tees & Tanks

Sometimes pairing your black skirt with a garment that is comfortable, casual and durable is just the way to go; this exactly when a knit top, tee or tank is a great go-to fashion item. During the colder months of the year, think of pairing your black skirt with a knit turtleneck or cowl neck top. Casual Fridays at the office and weekend plans may call for a knit tee in a V-neck, crew-neck or U-neck style. When the temperature climbs a little higher, a tank top with a racer-back or halter style looks fabulous with your black skirt.


Finding a sweater that can be paired with almost everything in your closet is one of the best feelings when it comes to getting the most out of your wardrobe. A black skirt and sweater combo is equally chic and effortless. Depending on the cut of the skirt and the type of sweater, you can create looks that range from dressy and sophisticated to edgy, casual and club-ready. Like blouses, there are a lot of sweaters styles to choose from -- take heed to pick those that not only complement your black skirt, but also your body type. A cowl-neck sweater is ideal for lengthening your neck and showcasing your decolletage; pair it with a black pencil skirt for a sophisticated, chic look. Boat neck or off-the-shoulder sweaters are best for the warmer months and give a fun, flirty vibe when paired with a black mini skirt or one with a tulip design.

About the Author

Danielle Jennings began writing professionally in 2005 and is an expert in fashion, entertainment and lifestyle journalism. She has written for "Jezebel," "Creative Loafing" and "Haute Living." She attended Clayton State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies.

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