How To Wear Black For The Holidays Without Looking Like A Total Goth

Dressed to kill, but not your holiday spirit

When the holidays finally come around, most people get a little too literal with themes. Red and green are suddenly everywhere, and it's hard not to feel pressured to wear those hues. That can be frustrating because (1) we don't all celebrate Christmas and (2) since when are holidays defined by colors? Why not wear purple? Silver? Or, even better, black? That gothest of colors tends to be excluded from the holiday narrative, but it's one of the most flattering colors on the spectrum. It's no secret that black looks great on everybody, so why not consider wearing it to dinner on Christmas Eve or Chanukkah?

Of course, you can always count on at least one relative to question your clothing choice, but we've selected 25 items that won't make your family extra suspicious of you being a goth. (Save that turmoil and angst for another holiday like Valentine's Day.) Peep all the pieces in the gallery, below.

ASOS Tall, The Turtleneck with Long Sleeves, $22, available at ASOS.

River Island, Pleated Cold Shoulder Blouse, $49, available at ASOS.

Silence + Noise, Damian Vegan Leather Paperbag Pant, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.

Forever 21, Faux Leather Slit Pencil Skirt, $17.90, available at Forever 21.

Selfie Leslie, Cropped Jumpsuit, $58, available at Forever 21.

Forever 21, Beaded Yoke Mini Dress, $27.90, available at Forever 21.

Farrow, Cecilia Slip Dress in Black, $78, available at Need Supply.

Rachel Comey, Paloma Jumpsuit, $495, available at Need Supply.

Vivienne Westwood ANGLOMANIA, Let it Rock Jumpsuit, $476, available at Opening Ceremony.

Stelen, Trumpet Sleeve Sweater, $88, available at Need Supply.

Fenty Puma x Rihanna, Oversized Velvet Trousers, $350, available at Opening Ceremony.

Daya by Zendaya, Grommet Mini Dress, $88, available at Daya by Zendaya.

Uniqlo, Women Cache Coeur Jumpsuit, $19.90, available at Uniqlo.

H&M, Sequined Dress in 'Black,' $69.99, available at H&M.

Free People, Black Clear Coating Washed Denim Overall, $98, available at Free People.

Free People, Beach Black Departures Top, $68, available at Free People.

Topshop, MOTO Floral Embroidered Raw Hem Jamie Jeans, $110, available at Topshop.

Michael Kors, Embellished Stretch Jersey Top, $90, available at Net-a-Porter.

Alice + Olivia, Elana Embellished Velvet Mini Skirt, $475, available at Net-a-Porter.

Zara, Dress With Frilled Sleeves, $49.90, available at Zara.

Zara, Velvet Blazer with Gold Appliqué, $69.90, available at Zara.

Pixie Market, Silver Side Stripe Sweatpants, $56, available at Pixie Market.

Nasty Gal, Mock and Key Cutout Top, $42, available at Nasty Gal.

Nasty Gal, Rascal Studded Denim Skirt, $58, available at Nasty Gal.

Reformation, Punch Dress in 'Gemini," $148, available at Reformation.