In the age of IG, as the fashion flock competes for one anothers eyes (electric-hued paillettes! head-to-toe tie-dye! pastel plumage!), standing out from the pack may seem like a lost cause.

But perhaps making a mark on streets and screens alike doesn't have to be so difficult (or downright dizzying). Rather than piling on clashing hues, why not simply steer clear of color altogether?

Thats right: black—the ultimate sartorial palette cleanser—is back. But rest assured, it need not mean boring nor somber. This season, the obsidian shade comes in epic proportions with tantalizing texture and bold graphics. Wear it from top to bottom, or even with a splash of white. Welcome to the dark side.

The Pant

Bon Duke

Todays trousers—replete with extra wide legs and streetwear-inspired lettering—speak equal parts cool and comfort when worn with a tucked-in tee.

Vera Wang corded embroidery t-shirt, $475; farfetch.com, Vera Wang wide leg trousers, $1500; farfetch.com, Lele Sadoughi black woven headband, $49; lelesadoughi.com, Leigh Miller earrings, $380; leighmiller.us

The LBD

Balance this LBDs up-to-there hemline with slightly sheer knee-high socks and exaggerated sleeves that go the extra mile.

Vera Wang knit sleeve dress, $2250; farfetch.com, Bresciani semi-sheer thigh-high socks, $89.50; luxuryclothing.com, Church's shoes, church-footwear.com, Louise Olsen earrings, $430; dinosaurdesigns.com

The Short Shorts

Bon Duke

No longer just for summer or sport, teeny tiny shorts find an evening-worthy edge this fall thanks to a floor-grazing cape and sculptural hoops.

Vera Wang shirt, verawang.com, Vera Wang fitted shorts, $650; farfetch.com, Vera Wang detachable hood felt cape, $3500; farfetch.com,

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