What To Wear With A Black Sweater?

what to wear with a black sweater?

by Dylan Baker
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what to wear with a black sweater?

A black sweater can go a long way when it comes to fashion. However, there are a few things you should know before you put on that dark-colored garment. In this article, we will discuss what to wear with a black sweater and how to wear it for maximum effect.

The black sweater is an absolute essential in every men’s wardrobe. But most men avoid wearing it because they are not sure what to pair it with.

Be it a turtle neck or a simple pullover; we will tell you how to pair them to look your absolute best.

What goes well with a black sweater?

Black sweaters make you look classy and work great with formal outfits. You can also construct some semi-formal and casual outfits with it, but you need to be careful while doing that.

As a general rule, you should avoid pairing a black sweater with bright colors or anything that’s part of street style.

Black sweaters are better suited for classical men’s fashion and thus don’t go that well with street fashion, so unless you know what you are doing, avoid wearing these with a street outfit.

Now coming to the things it works well with. Firstly the colors, the black sweater works best with dark colors like black or similar colors like charcoal, brown, or dark grey.

If the sweater is a bit casual, like a henley neck, then it can work with casual outfits as well. In that case, you can pair it with more colorful pants as well.

Keeping these things in mind, let’s have a look at some outfit ideas you can take inspiration from.

Style 1

Black sweater paired with a pair of black jeans, ankle-length boots, and a white shirt 

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I know it is nothing new, but that is the point of it, stick to the basics when you aren’t sure how to style your black sweater.

This look is super functional for formal as well as informal occasions. Tuck in your white shirt for a formal setting, and all you have to do is leave out your shirt’s rim to look party-ready. 

It is a very smart outfit that would work great both on formal and casual occasions. You can wear it to the office and can also rock it at a night out.

Fit is very important in this look. It wouldn’t look nearly as good if the sweater or jeans were baggy or too tight.

Your sweater should have little room to breathe but should not be too big else it will look boxy, and the jeans should be tapered and slim and should not be too tight or loose.

Style 2:

Black turtleneck sweater paired with a pair of charcoal grey trousers and black shoes 

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While you might say sweaters aren’t hip formal wear, try a knitted black turtleneck sweater paired with charcoal grey chinos and black loafers or oxfords.

This minimalistic yet sophisticated look is sure to change your opinion on sweaters while providing you with the utmost comfort.

To complete the look, you can add a nice dress watch with a black leather strap. 

Style 3:

Black sweater with a pair of black jeans, ankle-length boots, and a black leather jacket 

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We all love leather jackets, but it is so important to understand that it doesn’t go with every other bottom wear.

So here is a cool way to layer your black leather jacket with your black sweater. Wear a grey t-shirt underneath those and pair it with a pair of black jeans and black boots. Add on a knitted muffler as an accessory if you feel the need for more layers. 

Style 4:

Black sweater with a pair of ripped black jeans, and black high ankle shoes 

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For those of you who aren’t the biggest fans of layering but would love to stay in trend, this is the look for you. A simple round neck black sweater paired with washed dark blue ripped jeans.

Wear black high-ankle shoes, and take a break from the boots. And if you are feeling funky, add on a black hat. 

Style 5:

Black button-down sweater with a pair of light brown trousers, brown oxfords, and a white shirt 

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I understand that there aren’t a lot of different looks that can be created with a black sweater as formal wear and a button-down sweater is not your first choice. However, this is where we often miss out on an opportunity to use this article of clothing. Wear your regular formal white shirt and your light brown trousers but this time, try a black button-down sweater over a regular pullover. The key to wearing this sweater right is by filling in the neck area; try a tie in charcoal grey and witness the transformation. 

Style 6:

Black knitted henley-neck sweater with a pair of blue jeans and high ankle lace black boots 

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Yes, you read it right; I mean, look at that combination together. A henley-neck has buttons, this creates more opportunity for you to style your black sweater. If the weather is good, let loose those buttons; flaunt your chest pecs. And let those light blue jeans be a break between your black sweater and black boots. 

Style 7:

Black v-neck sweater with a pair of grey jeans, high ankle lace dark brown boots, and a black longline coat

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It was high time we discussed the longline coat; now, these may not be trench coats, but that’s for the best.

You don’t want to look like Sherlock Holmes chasing after clues down the street. Longline coats provide for the right length when it comes to layering.

Wear a white t-shirt with a pair of grey jeans and layer it with a round-neck black sweater. Wear a pair of dark brown boots and throw on a black longline coat, and there you have a completely different look. 

Style 8:

Black turtleneck sweater with a pair of  black trousers, black oxfords, and a black blazer

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This right here can be your savior for the last-minute party or your big event during winter. The black turtleneck sweater paired with a pair of black trousers lets you flaunt your neck and jawline. And that black blazer lets you add on the party element to sophistication which is the right amount of styling you need to complete your look.

Now I want to let you in on a lesser-known fact by guys: I mean, it is out there, but we seem to care less. We tend to forget that knitted materials are more elastic than woven fabrics and have a softer feel. So pick a sweater that fits you right, don’t go for a baggy one because these are going to hug you without the need for tailoring, and there is always room for a little more in case you are still building up your mass. And with this, you are all set to have a stylish winter. 

the bottom line:

A black sweater is a classy piece of clothing that you can use to construct some really good outfits.

It is not the easiest thing to pair, but if you follow the tips given above, you can easily use it to make great outfits.

As you can see above, it is best paired with all-black outfits or with darker shades of colors. It is also easier to pair in a formal look as compared to a casual one, but some sweaters like the henleys can be used in casual outfits as well.

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About the author

Dylan Baker

Dylan is a Men's fashion and image consultant, He is also the man behind Dapperclan. He is extremely passionate about fashion and wants to help men style and look better.


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