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Black-on-black outfits feel fresh in velvet, lace and feathers

Trendy colors come and go in fashion, but black is the constant that reigns supreme. It’s often the easiest and chicest choice we have. But can you tire of your most slimming black trousers or your most-loved LBD? Or, can you ever have too many pieces in that flattering hue?

To help us update our fall wardrobes and prepare for the holiday parties to come, style expert Lilliana Vazquez dropped by TODAY Wednesday to show us how to wear the hottest trend while getting the look for less.

“Everybody feels good in black,” she told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Vazquez styled four trends in pieces that ring up for less than $50 each.

Texture

This look combines the unexpected: leather and feathers. The model wore a black dress with feather trim at the hem, topped with a short black leather jacket. Both pieces came from JCPenney.com.

“Who would have thought those two looked so good together?” Vazquez said.

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Velvet

Looking for a holiday party outfit? Another way to update your black this season is with velvet. This outfit matched a pair of trendy joggers, which cost a cool $20 from Boohoo.com, with an off-the-shoulder top.

“Velvet is a really luxurious fabric,” Vazquez said. “It’s perfect for the holidays.”

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Lace

Lace has made a comeback in recent seasons, and we may have something in this delicate fabric already in our closets. This ensemble was a lace top from Forever21.com with a fringed skirt found at Nordstromrack.com.

“Don’t do lace on lace, but do lace on texture,” Vazquez said.

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Sheer

Illusion can be tasteful, as shown with this ultimate little black dress. For just $30 from Boohoo.com, the shoulder-baring dress has a sheer panel that makes it feel extra special.

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Before Vazquez discussed the looks, the women of the fourth hour were joined by a special guest: Clint Black, who was dressed in (almost) head-to-toe black himself for a performance earlier on the show.

“Clint Black looks fantastic in all black,” Vazquez said, calling him over to show off his look.

“You’ve got to get the black hat because it makes your head look thinner,” the country singer joked.

TODAY.com contributor Lisa A. Flam is a news and lifestyles reporter in New York. Follow her on Twitter.

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