It's easy to make the connection between wearing black and somber times, but you would be missing the upside: the preferred fashion palette of French editors, art directors, and New Yorkers is 1) incredibly easy for putting outfits together, particularly in a year when getting dressed feels like a real effort, and 2) nearly impossible to not look chic.And in times like these, getting dressed to feel more prepared, more capable, or just better really does count for a lot. That's why we've partnered with Macy's to bring you a refresher on monochrome dressing that explores texture, shape, and an intentional jumbling-up of aesthetics in a way that might kickstart some more Big Ideas In Fits (and beauty — we've included some notes in that department, too). Ahead, see four creative all-black looks that celebrate fashion's most effective — and, therefore, happiest-making — outfit formula. Even with an everyday T-shirt, a garter-strap miniskirt is very va-va-voom. But shrug on a hooded, longline leather jacket and lug-sole boot, and the vibe suddenly turns into "Don't trifle with me." Beauty note: Prep your legs with a scented body lotion so your shins soft, even if your outfit is hard as nails.Levi's Hooded Faux-Leather Moto Jacket, $, available at Macy'sGUESS Mirage Logo Garter-Strap Zip Mini Skirt, $, available at Macy'sLevi's The Perfect Crewneck T-Shirt, $, available at Macy'sCircus by Sam Edelman Darielle Lug Sole Chelsea Booties, $, available at Macy'sMarc Jacobs Perfect Body Lotion, $, available at Macy'sThe amount of romantic details seen on recent (mostly virtual) runways seems to indicate that designers still believe in love, so why shouldn't we? Here, we've put together a puff-sleeve dress with snakeskin loafers, an embroidered headband, and a lush floral perfume for a sweet, schoolgirl-ish look that could still break a coeur or two. Michael Kors Leather-Trim Puff-Sleeve Dress, $, available at Macy'sCircus by Sam Edelman Deana Lug Sole Bit Loafers, $, available at Macy'sINC International Concepts Embroidered Knotted Headband, $, available at Macy'sValentino Voce Viva Eau de Parfum, $, available at Macy'sDid we or did we not see this ensemble walk down a fluorescent-pink catwalk in a wheat field in the south of France? Even if our memory's a bit foggy, a cardigan dress, lace-up sandals, and tawny makeup are enough to transport us straight to Provence, if only in our mind's eye. Lucy Paris Corine Caridgan Maxi Dress, $, available at Macy'sSteve Madden Uplift Ankle-Tie Sandals, $, available at Macy'sLauren Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone Textured Oval Link Orbital Drop Earrings, $, available at Macy'sToo Faced Pumpkin Spice Warm & Spicy Eye Shadow Palette, $, available at Macy'sUrban Decay Jumbo All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $, available at Macy'sTBD on when we'll actually be able to dance to bangers in a real club, but with slick faux-leather leggings, a cutout sweater, mirror-finish highlighter, and point-toe boots, it's almost like being there.Bar III Melanay Booties, $, available at Macy'sPlanet Gold Cutout Mock-Neck Sweater, $, available at Macy'sBar III Faux-Leather Leggings, $, available at Macy'sBECCA Cosmetics Zero Face + Lip Glass Highlighter, $, available at Macy'sLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?