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Six Ways To Wear All Black

October 2018Words by Mr Ashley Clarke

Photograph by Ms Carola De Armas/

Wearing all black is one of those things that can either look great or terrible – there’s a fine line between giving off an air of moody mystery and just looking like a sixth-form goth. Still, it’s a veritable uniform that has been embraced by a wide and varied set of societies and subcultures over the decades. See, for instance: Depeche Mode disciples, black metal fans, health goths (an early 2010s trend for wearing all-black sportswear), symbiote-bonded supervillains and Victorian royalty. It’s also a shade that’s been adopted as the de facto uniform of the fashion industry – if we say something is “the new black”, we mean it is on trend, and there are numerous designers who overwhelmingly push black in their collections. Cerebral brands such as Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester and Yohji Yamamoto are the obvious black-centric examples that command pack-like followings, and in the 1980s the skulking, sable-clad devotees of Comme des Garçons were known in Japanese as the “karasu-zoku”, or “crow tribe”.

Still, while black clothing is generally flattering, smart and streetwise, wearing it without looking like you’re on your way to work as a stagehand requires a little forethought. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few pictures of men who have been wearing black particularly well in recent months that we can glean a few tips from…

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