Two Easy, Chic All-Black Outfits for Spring

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Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. It’s easily the color I gravitate toward the most — and even when I find a piece I love — I mean LOVE — in a bright, punchy hue, I always wonder: would I wear this even more in black? And sometimes: should I grab another in black…just in case? As I find myself investing more time into the cost-per-wear of a piece and generally building a wardrobe with staying power, black feels even more evergreen (ha) than before. Timeless, chic and smart.

Cute & Chic: 2 Easy Black Outfits For Spring & Summer

So when I looked over Everlane’s spring line and saw plenty of darker-hued pieces mixed in amidst the pastels, I was delighted. And while, yes, these outfits would be just as well-suited for fall, they feel light enough, either due to the cut, the fabric, or the drape — for spring. So, here we find ourselves, looking at not one but two all-black outfits for spring, both of which feel really…well, me.


1. The Fatigue Jumpsuit: Playful, Chic & Surprisingly Flattering

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jumpsuit | bag

When I picked this jumpsuit from Everlane’s spring line, it wasn’t yet posted on the website. So there were no images of it on a model, nothing to bolster my confidence that it might be more flattering than the name suggests. But I’ve had success, even great success, with Everlane jumpsuits in the past, so I went for it. Turns out, it was a good move.

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jumpsuit | bag | shoes | mask

If I had to describe Everlane’s aesthetic, it’s clothing that makes me feel like a real, live grown-up — but effortlessly so. The fit is thoughtful, the cuts are flattering, the fabrics hold their own. Everything I own from them — especially their non-denim pieces — feel like something College Emily might imagine Adult Museum Curator Emily would wear on her day off. And that, my friends, is what one might call goals. Classic. Unstuffy. Interesting. And this jumpsuit really just fits right into that vibe.

It’s playful, and perhaps most impressively, it conveys the idea of structure without being overly tailored. For my straighter body (my waist is becoming less distinguishable from my hips by the day), it’s perfect. And yet there’s still room for my thighs and booty, which are also unmistakably there. And even though it’s a stiffer fabric with a fair amount of seaming, the cropped length and the sleeves (or lack thereof) make it feel undeniably well-suited to warmer weather. In short, it’s a keeper. And in true Everlane fashion, the price point is great at $88.

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jumpsuit | bag | shoes | blazer

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jumpsuit

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jumpsuit | blazer

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jumpsuit | bag

Outfit Details

Jumpsuit: The Fatigue Jumpsuit // Probably my favorite piece of the collection featured here, for all the reasons listed above. There’s just enough linen to add texture and lightness, but the 94% cotton means it’s still sturdy enough for three, maybe even four seasons of wear. Size-wise, I’m typically between a 0-2 in Everlane jumpsuits, and I sized up to a 2. And while it fits — it just fits. If I had a larger bust (I’m a 34C) or an even more pronounced bum, I’d size up again to a 4 for extra comfort. Also worth noting, I’m a bit long in the torso, and I didn’t find any issues there.

Blazer: The Easy Blazer // I know I literally say something along these lines in every post, but easy is the way to my heart. This piece is slightly oversized through the middle but actually fits in the shoulders, so the overall effect is very intentional. The toasted coconut hue is pretty, too. It’s neutral, for sure, but with enough depth to keep things interesting. And it’s made with 100% lyocell, so it’s super-forgiving and drapey. Reviews said it ran large, and I do agree: the 0 I’m wearing feels almost like a 2.

Shoes: The Forever Slip-On Sneaker // These are a no-brainer for my wardrobe. Slip-ons are just so easy in the spring and summer (especially for lazy-me in our no-shoes household), and these have that classic skate-shoe-meets-deck-shoe vibe. Wearing the Eucalyptus color, which really does read like a neutral — almost a light khaki green. I’m a solid 8, and these were ever so snug before breaking in, so I would size up only if you’re usually between. Love that they’re 100% cotton with a natural rubber outsole.

Bag: The Teardrop Tote in ReKnit // I can’t speak highly enough of this bag. Made from 75% recycled nylon and 25% lyocell, it looks SO freaking chic, whether it’s only carrying a small wallet and a pair of sunnies or stuffed to the gills with a sweatshirt, water bottle and the whole nine. Also available in Dark Mauve, which is a cool terracotta shade, or in Black (which was sorely tempting, trust me) — but the lighter Stucco felt exceptionally sophisticated. Bonus: machine washable. YESyesyesyesyes.


2. Drapey Denim Trousers + Washable Silk: My Formula for Feigned Effort

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jeans | cami | shirt | bag | shoes

When I strolled out of the dressing room (ahem, tumbled awkwardly out of my backseat) in this outfit, the first thing my photographer said was “Ohhhh, that looks very Half Moon Bay! I like it.” And while I would normally describe Half Moon Bay’s style as something more along the lines…of Puffer Jacket Lite (my own style included), I get it. It’s a little artsy. A little eclectic. A little beachy. Unapologetically grown-up. I mean, who other than Adult Museum Curator Emily On Her Day Off would be so bold as to casually tie a silk shirt around her waist?

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jeans | cami | shirt | bag

But I love it. And for so many reasons. It’s intentional without trying too hard. It’s seriously comfortable. (These are JEANS, folks. Super soft ones! With slash pockets and an elastic waistband, heck yes.) Really, an outfit like this — with the voluminous pants, the strappy tank, the silk shirt — is so freaking wearable, while also hinting at that off-duty model who gives zero you-know-whucks vibe we all love so much. Bottom line: if I were a grown-up (which I pretend to be at least half the time), I would wear this every day.

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jeans | cami | shirt | bag

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jeans | cami | shirt | bag

Black for spring? Can that be a thing? I hope so. While these outfits are well-suited for fall, they feel light enough (cut, fabric, drape) -- for spring & summer.

jeans | bag | shoes

Outfit Details

Cami: The Perform Cami // This is actually designed to be a piece of activewear, so it’s got a built-in bra (no pads!) and is a nice, compressive fabric. While it’s cropped but not super cropped, I did find it to ride up a little. I’m typically an XS or S and a 34C and am wearing a size Small.

Pants: The Easy Jean // Ok, these are not strictly black (the wash is Washed Charcoal), but they play along in much the same way. The name, Easy Jean, really says it all here, friends. A medium-weight, super-soft denim with slash pockets and an elastic waistband — these bridge the gap between sweatpants and real pants seamlessly, and all while looking more effortful and chic than the average pair of jeans. They are SO comfortable — and only become more so as they’re washed. (At one point I was sitting at the dinner table, and I challenged myself to remember what pants I was wearing without looking down — because this is where we are, friends — and I couldn’t recall because I literally couldn’t feel the pressure of the waistband on my tummy. That comfy.) I’m wearing them cuffed here, just because I preferred that look with a flat sneaker (I’m 5’5″ and the inseam is 28.5″, so they’re meant to be a bit cropped), but they also look fresh and modern at full-length with a platform sandal. I’m usually between a 0-2 in Everlane bottoms and sized up to a 2 in these.

Shirt: The Washable Silk Relaxed Shirt // Washable silk might be my new fiber of choice. It feels so elevated while being super duper practical. And light! The perfect layer for spring. And friends, while this shirt looks so dang good on, I really do enjoy the carefree (and practical) effect of tying it around your waist when not in use. I’m not one for ironing, so any creases that come about as a result just add to the laid-back vibe. So very good. I’m tempted to grab it in another *gasp* color, even. Maybe I’ll be so daring as to go for the white. (Ha.) I’m usually between a 0-2, and I’m wearing a 0 here (but honestly, due to the relaxed fit, I think I could have gone either way).

Shoes: The Forever Slip-On Sneaker // These are a no-brainer for my wardrobe. Slip-ons are just so easy in the spring and summer (especially for lazy-me in our no-shoes household), and these have that classic skate-shoe-meets-deck-shoe vibe. Wearing the Eucalyptus color, which really does read like a neutral — almost a light khaki green. I’m a solid 8, and these were ever so snug before breaking in, so I would size up only if you’re usually between. Love that they’re 100% cotton with a natural rubber outsole.

Bag: The Teardrop Tote in ReKnit // I can’t speak highly enough of this bag. Made from 75% recycled nylon and 25% lyocell, it looks SO freaking chic, whether it’s only carrying a small wallet and a pair of sunnies or stuffed to the gills with a sweatshirt, water bottle and the whole nine. Also available in Dark Mauve, which is a cool terracotta shade, or in Black (which was sorely tempting, trust me) — but the lighter Stucco felt exceptionally sophisticated. Bonus: machine washable. YESyesyesyesyes.


Shop More Spring Picks from Everlane

More of my favorite picks for spring in (mostly) my default color of choice. Not as into all-black-everything as I am? Everything here is available in different washes/shades, too. Just click through.


Feeling extra inspired to rock even more black than usual this spring with these pretty, timeless and relatively light pieces mixed into my closet — but would love to hear: are you feeling all-black-everything, too?

xo,
Em

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Photos by Carolyn Stockman.

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    • Hi, so I was able to unzip it myself pretty easily, but it did require some concentration. (I think the fact that I changed out of it in the back of a car is a decent testament!) — but zipping it up was trickier. Still doable — I did have to inch the zipper up as farrrrrr as my arm could reach behind my back before I could reach it from over my shoulder to pull it up, but I’m realizing more and more than maybe I have short arms?? I did it myself a few times, but this week when I wore it my husband happened to be there and I asked for his help. So in sum: not EASY but doable. I’d be comfortable wearing it in a setting where I’d have to use a public restroom. 🙂

  1. I like Everlane a lot, but sometimes find their focus on black/taupe/brown/olive kind of depressing – so was happy to see that the washable silk shirt comes in many colors. But — I have avoided silk shirts for years (decades?) b/c they make me sweat like crazy. Any thoughts on that issue w/r/t this shirt? Maybe this isn’t a universal issue? Promising that it’s machine washable, at least . . .

    • So my thought with silk isn’t that it makes me sweat more but that it tends to show sweat more, if that makes sense. I haven’t had an issue with this one, but I’ve also been wearing it in really temperate spring weather — think 70’s — so it hasn’t been an issue. And when I wore this exact outfit a few times, the minute I got too warm I took the shirt off and tied it, so I didn’t really give myself the opportunity to sweat, haha. I can attest that I just machine washed it (and hung it to dry) and it looks good as new.

  2. “…it’s got a built-in bra (no pads!)” WHAT??? Stop the freaking blog presses. Everlane deserves a Nobel Prize for this. Literally every time I take a sports bra out of the wash and sit there fiddling with cups for like forever I silently rage—WHAT ASSHOLE DECIDED THIS IS WHAT WOMEN WANT?! Athletic wear designers, please, no more sliding cups. Just put in like two stitches and people who want to remove them can snip a few threads. Why is it 2021 and we haven’t fixed this? I mean, there are a lot bigger problems out there I realize, but this seems fixable. If only I spent more time fiddling with bra cups… said NO ONE EVER.
    Please TME, can we start a movement? I am actually dead serious about this.

    • I was so pleasantly surprised. I mean, I get it — it’s mostly for modesty, but they’re SO annoying to me, not to mention that once the foam gets misshapen or, heaven forbid, a wrinkle in it, now you’ve got a new weird thing to try to mask. I realllly appreciate a plain ol’ shelf bra — and honestly, if you really want more modesty or support, you can stuff a strapless bra inside it. (Note: I used to rock that look in the college, and the girls are UP THERE.) So yes, I back the movement!

  3. I ordered the jeans based on your review, and they just arrived and I LOVE them. I had really been firmly hanging onto my skinny jeans, despite the trend away (I’m GenX! I’m old enough to wear what I want ;)) and these are my first foray into a different silhouette. I love them with a black tank and I also just tried them with a drapey white blouse. Thanks for the nudge 🙂

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