All black vintage look. How to wear all black!


An all black vintage look might be just the right idea for those of you who are as fond of the colour black as I am.

It is also the perfect colour for anyone who is new to the world of vintage and at the stage of now contemplating the purchase of their very first vintage piece of clothing.

“You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion; a ‘little black frock’ is essential to a woman’s wardrobe. “Christian Dior

Even though black is often used as a symbol of death, mourning as well as witches and magic, for me, it represents elegance, power and individuality. Also, as an old-school Goth, I’m rather thrilled that it’s associated with darkness and Victorian mourning attire. That also explains my fascination with XIX century funeral capes which I have in abundance. It’s the prefered attire colour of a Femme Fatale and if you are curious about her history in the 19th Century paintings, Film Noir and 1930s-1040s Fashion, I suggest you read my article on that very topic.

Black clothes in paintings

Carolus-Duran “The Lady with the Glove” 1869, John Singer Sargent “Madame X” 1883-84, Giovanni Boldini “Dutches of Marlborough” 1906.


Regardless of the colour’s meaning, first and foremost remember that it’s flattering to the figure and easily styled. You can find out from my article about the little black dress, how I can turn one simple black dress from a day into an evening ensemble.

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All black vintage look. True 1940s jacket, a 1950s skirt and Wolford tights.

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Photography by Gregory Michael King 


For my all-black vintage look I opted for;

A 1940s jacket

A 1950s Handmacher skirt

A 1950s Garay purse

Luna Wolford tights

An antique cameo


Do you like wearing an all-black vintage look as much as I do?

Here is another all-black look from the “Sir, for me every day is a Halloween” post.

Vintage girl vintage blogger

In the photograph by Gregory Michael King, I’m wearing a 1940s jacket paired with a Wheels & Dollbaby skirt, Wolford tights and Abbie Walsh necktie.


You might also be interested in learning how to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

Helen Moore Faux Fur

I paired the 1940s skirt suit with a faux fur stole from Helen Moore, and Edwardian inspired canotier hat by Birds and Fresia.

7 Responses
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    Ireena Samuel
    February 26, 2020

    Loved all your unique black vintage outfits and jewelry. You look stunning in that 1940′ black jacket with an antique cameo! Who doesn’t love an all-black outfit?

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      Dominique de Merteuil
      February 26, 2020

      Thank you for all your lovely comments!

      The jacket is really special and part of a set. The great thing about black skirt suits is that they can be mixed and matched with practically anything.

      If you would like to see the skirt that came with the jacket, please follow the link below.

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    Louisa Jane Smith
    April 29, 2019


    Yes the broach is a nice touch. You look amazing.

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    November 24, 2018

    I can’t imagine where you find all of these fantastic, fitted outfits, but sometimes it is very obvious only certain kinds of figures will do them justice, or even make them wearable at all…In the disco era, guys had double knit low rise (or hip hugger) slacks and NikNik and Huk-a-Poo shirts- skin tight rayon mostly…Well, truth be told, FEW of our Baby Boomers that were once out hitting the discos would ever be able to wear them now; we needed ‘snake hips’ and God knows, NO gut at all! ;->

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    Bruce Sinclair
    November 24, 2018

    I love the look, and you wear it well! I was wondering what your opinion is on black jewelry with black outfits? I have a lot of black things and I sometimes wonder if it is overkill to wear the black bracelets and rings with an all black look… Cheers! Boomer

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      Dominique de Merteuil
      November 24, 2018

      Hi Boomer,
      Thank you for the kind words!
      I LOVE black jewellery with black outfits and don’t find it an overkill at all!


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