How to wear all black
We parisian are famous for our love of black. Although, in the streets, it less obvious nowadays than it used to be, black is still one of our wardrobe favorites.
But wearing only black is not common though. Spontaneously I would also advise you not do do that. BUT as a matter of fact, when pulled out in a great way, an all black outfit can be very fashionable even if you are not Catwoman or Maleficent.
It will set the focus on your beauty and give you a rock attitude.
How to make it work? The keyword is to create CONTRAST between your black items.
Yes, indeed. A black item can be very different from the next one.
1. Play with light
Claudie Pierlot lookbook featuring shiny leather
Kela’s Kloset in shiny leather
Sézane: proof that regular leather also catches light.
– Sequined black
2. Play with textures
Some textures such create different volumes for interesting outfit contrasts.
Some other add a black on black pattern.
Some catch light in a different way
– Angora wool
– Textured leather
Gucci Fall 2014 featuring a crocodile clutch
3. Play with transparency
– A detail is enough
Elsa Ekman shows some transparent sleeve.
– Plumetis or lace
4. Play with cuts
As it contrasts with pale skin, black is a very graphic color (if you have dark skin, white will have that effect on you).
Therefore a daring cut can be a true fashion statement when it comes to black.
Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto became famous in the eighties for designing black clothes with daring but modest cuts that were completely different of the colors and bling that were the big fashion statement at the time.
Yohji Yamamoto spring 2013
5. Play with layers
Each layer shall have a different fabric so that you can indeed notice there are layers ^^
Here washed out jeans + thin T-shirt + light sweater + transparent oversize something behind + wool tailored coat + leather satchel
6. Play with accessories
The other day, I was shopping with clients as I noticed that one of the salesperson -who were all wearing black outfits as required by their employer – stand out from the other thanks to her heavy golden necklace. She really had lots of allure!
The stunning Nadia Aboulhosn making a great statement with her golden belt and clutch.
Black is the perfect background to make your daring jewels be noticed.
And you? Are you sometime part of the “Women in black”?
Bises de Paris
Cover collage: Choies, Harper and Harley