A Black Sweater is the Perfect Base for a Suave, Minimalist Outfit

The perfect peice for January.

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I was looking at fit pics on Instagram the other day and I noticed one with a black sweater. The outfit was simple but had a really minimal, smart vibe that I really liked.

While a black jumper is pretty standard fare, I realized I didn’t currently own one. I went straight online and grabbed myself a similar sweater.

I bought one made from fine merino wool. Being a thin sweater means it has more potential as a layering piece as I won’t get too warm. Its simplicity means it fits the minimalist vibe I was going for perfectly. It also means it dresses up really nicely and I feel comfortable wearing it with shirts, blazers, and trousers.

I stuck with a pretty monochrome color pallet in most of the black sweater outfits below. There are lots of black, white, and neutral colors. Where the majority of the outfit is black, I’ve tried to break up the color with different textures or details.

There a few exceptions. Notably dark blue and indigo jeans, and a dark red jacket.

Anyway, here is how I’m gonna wear my black sweater. Let me know what you think in comments!

What to Wear With a Black Sweater: Outfits for Men

Black Jeans and a Black Jacket

Black Jeans Denim Jacket Sweater
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There’s something about all black outfits that just works. I love this combination with the black denim jacket and black skinny jeans. I considered wearing this with black leather boots, but decided the white detailing on the Vans made them the better choice.

An Off-White Jacket and Boots

Black Sweater Boots Jeans Beige Shacket
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In this outfit I did go for the boots. But I swapped the black jacket for an off-white one to add some contrast. It’s kinda like the same job the Vans were doing in the above pic. This is still a casual look and the boots and workwear jacket work well together.

A Grey Suit and Red Tie

Black Sweater Gray Suit
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The great thing about black sweaters is they dress up really well. The black sweater goes really well with the color of the grey suit, while the white shirt adds a bit of contrast. You can’t see too well in the image (I need a better camera) but I wore a dark red tie but add a spot of color.

Jeans and a Red Jacket

Black Sweater Blue Jeans Red Jacket
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So far all the black sweater outfits have been pretty monotone, and this often works best. But you can wear some colors with a black sweater—and red is one of the best. This red jacket is quite casual so I paired it with some classic blue jeans and casual black dessert boots.

Beige Chinos and a Check Shirt

Black Sweater Beige Chinos Boots
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That’s enough color for one article. In this outfit I paired a black sweater with beige chinos and black boots. I went for a checkered shirt underneath as the neutral colors compliment the pants well. I kept the outfit casual by rolling up the hems of the pants to really show off the boots.

A White Shirt and Black Jeans

Black Sweater Black Jeans
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This is a really classic and simple black sweater outfit. Just pair it with some black jeans and a white shirt for a casual monochrome look. You could wear it without the shirt but I like the contrast detail.

Gray Pants, White Shirt, and Black Shoes

Black Sweater Shoes Gray Pants
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Take the above outfit up a notch by swapping the jeans and sneakers for gray pants and black shoes. Now you have a smart casual outfit suitable for the office.

A Grey Blazer, Jeans, and Chelsea Boots

Black Sweater gray blazer jeans
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An alternative smart casual black sweater outfit is to add a blazer and a pair of dark jeans. Finish it off with a pair of smart Chelsea boots.

A Leather Jacket and Black Boots

Black Sweater Jacket Jeans
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I love this outfit, especially the way the black leather jacket and boots combine for a biker style look. I wore the shirt again to add a bit of contrast to the outfit. The different materials in the outfit do a similar job too, though.

Dark Jeans and Sneakers

Black sweater navy jeans
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This is probably the simplest outfit on the list and it shows that it really is hard to go wrong with a black sweater. Everyone has jeans and sneakers lying around so it’s an outfit that anyone can create.

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2 thoughts on “A Black Sweater is the Perfect Base for a Suave, Minimalist Outfit”

    • Thanks Sam! I bought it in Uniqlo. I had a look but couldn’t it see it on their website, unfortunately. Maybe it’ll come back in stock for Fall.


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