Last week came the news that scientists have created a black so dark you can barely see it. This is exciting news for every fashionista, given that the colour is a perennial wardrobe staple and the little black dress is a go-to failsafe for a chic and simple ensemble. Despite the fact that we’ll have to wait quite some time for the new ‘Vantablack’ material to be used on apparel, it’s not too early to seek some dark inspiration.
Quick tip: too much of the same colour in the same textile will drain your skin; it’s all about mixing colour pop accessories with a multitude of textures in order to add intrigue.
Sheer textiles take a lot of the legwork out of pulling off an all black ensemble. An ultra-fine black bomber jacket or t-shirt layered over some cotton pieces adds a little interest to the outfit as well as being light enough to get you through even the hottest of summer days (perfect for this London heatwave!) A must buy is a floaty sheer kimono – perfect for throwing over simple black t-shirt and jeans but also for layering over a bikini poolside.
Black on Black
Wearing black successfully can be as simple as choosing a black based print. This season is all about a graphic print and it instantly breaks up an otherwise sombre outfit. Opt for a fine, linear pattern to ensure you still look chic and polished – or a fine lace for a more ladylike look.
Every girl should have one – if you don’t already, you’re seriously missing out! For those last minute party plans, there’s nothing better than knowing you have a fail-safe black dress in your wardrobe to slip on and go! The best way to wear a little black dress is with plenty of leg and some leg-lengthening black heels for ultimate sophistication.
Black may be simple, but it’s certainly not boring. To cause some serious wardrobe envy, opt for accessories with lace details, 3D elements or stud embellishments – and for one last drop of drama, finish your look with a red lip!
Why not take a turn to the dark side?