There are few colours that I find more flattering and classic than black. A few weeks ago, I published a post on what I was planning on packing for a Mediterranean holiday in Sicily (click here). I spoke about how I discovered a new found love for colours and how I had filled my wardrobe with pretty summer dresses of a whole host of different colours. That being said, it doesn’t mean I no longer opt for a head-to-toe black outfit. It’s not to everyone’s taste, I realise this, and I know it’s summer and black doesn’t really represent those summer sunshine vibes that everyone is feeling at the moment. So, with this in mind, I thought I would write a post about how you can get away with wearing an all-black look, without looking boring or dull. It needn’t be at all! To me it’s so elegant and timeless if worn the right way so without further ado, here are my pointers for breathing some life into your all-black lookbook.
Black is only boring if you make it boring. Shake things up a little by going for an unusual cut or shape to breathe some life into your black outfit. I love these wide leg pants with thigh high slits. I bought them from one of my favourite online stores, Naked Wardrobe, which has become my go-to for trending items on a high street budget. The silky smooth pants are high waisted, elasticated at the back and pintucked at the front. The thigh high slits on either side add a little more character to them, showing off some skin. I love the movement in them as I walk, especially with a pair of stiletto heels.
Show Some Skin
I alluded to this in my first point with my slinky new pants, but one way of brightening up a black outfit is by flashing some holiday skin. You’ve put all that effort into working on your tan for the summer, whether it be through lying in the sun (well-protected of course), spray tanning or self-tanning, so let it be seen! If you’re a Londoner like me, you know that the time to show off that tan is a very narrow window. I also love to add some glow to areas like the décolleté, cheek bones and shoulder blades. The Iconic Illuminator is absolutely perfect for this. For more info on the Iconic make-up line, check out this blog post.
Wear Sparkly Jewellery
Like the first point followed through to the second, so does the second through to the third. I already spoke about adding some highlight to certain parts of your body to make the most of your summer tan. Complement this by adding some sparkly jewellery to brighten up your all black look, either some pretty bangles or drop earrings. In the pictures here, I am wearing a set of beautiful Stephanie Browne drop earrings which I had actually bought for my wedding. You can find the earrings here or at their stockists.
If you are going to wear black, break up the block colour by wearing a pair of contrasting shoes. I went for my favourite nude Dior slingbacks, just because I didn’t pack that many heels for this trip and I left that they matched the most. The slingback white J’Adior ribbon with the black text pulled everything together. That being said, with these wide leg slinky trousers, a pair of metallic sandals would also have worked perfectly. It doesn’t have to be a neutral colour though, pairing a bold coloured heel with your all black look helps to add some fun to your outfit.
Last but not least, if you are not mixing colour and choose to wear black all over, then mix up the fabrics and textures. Playing with different types of material can turn a plain outfit into an intriguing one, taking away from the all black look. I mixed these silky trousers with a cotton top, but you can mix anything, from lace and PVC (for the uber bold), to silk and jersey. I also find that if you are wearing two black items of the same material, it’s really hard to match the shade of black. Mixing up the fabric detracts from this little problem.
I hope you found this article useful if you plan to wear black to one of your upcoming events. How do you style your all black look? Leave your comments down below!