Since I have already done a long and detailed posted about how to embrace an All-White outfit I thought that I could do the same with the All-Black/Black on black.
And as much as I am trying to add extra color to my wardrobe I always fall back to the old good blacks. Colors can give your winter wardrobe a lift but there is still something mysterious about all those blacks, isn’t it? There are many good reasons for black being your brightest color and specially in winter. First of all, black really makes everyone look amazing. Coco Chanel, one of my all time favourite style icons, perhaps holds the best line to describe the beauty of black, she said:
“Woman think of all colours except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. It is beauty in absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
This is so true and what an inspirational statement from the amazing Designer Coco Chanel who in the 1920’s invented the staple of all women’s closets, the “Little Black Dress”.
In my opinion black is elegant, timeless, classy and chic. It is slimming and it looks good on all skin tones. It also looks good with all hair colors. It looks as good on men as it does on women. Black is an easy color to to match and gives you no fuzz in the early mornings. Black, however, can also be one-dimensional and boring and while it may seem easy to dress in all black, there are e few rules to keep in mind to obtain the fashionable yet elegant and classy appeal, which is Ooh so important.
Keep those 5 little rules in mind when dressing all black and I can assure you will reach maximum fashionista appeal:
1. Vary the fabrics and textures. Nothing looks more out of shape and dowdier than an all-black outfit that is all in cotton.
2. Note that the fabric should be season appropriate. A black wool dress will look fabulous and super chic in the fall, but out of place during the summer. Silk and linen makes it easier to pull off the all black look during the warmer months.
3. When putting together your black-on black look, fit becomes even more important. Take advantage of the fact that black is slimming. Therefore, having the clothes more fitted and flattering gives a more interesting look rather than shapeless and drab.
4. You can make the outfit more interesting with some accessories. Bold colourful jewellery or even just golden becomes a statement piece of your outfit if you are going for a more chic look. Me, personally would go for some colored stiletto heels (if you have any) to keep it more classy, but again what ever suits you best.
5. If you are not so much of an accessory person (Like me) but you still want to make your outfit a bit more dressy or even casual you can always add some lipstick color. A Black-On-Black outfit can go from day (with a light pink or nude lip stain) to night (with a bold, deep red lip stain) seamlessly.
I hope these tips on how to make put your Black-On-Black outfit together and how to make Black your brightest color has been helpful.
Photography by: Peter Georges
X | Belle