Because “black” and “boring should never be in the same sentence.
I have come to accept the fact that my mother can’t stand the contents of my wardrobe. I first realised this fact at the tender age of 13 or 14, when I would skip around a department store pulling items of clothing from their racks and putting together less conventional items. My mum would screw up her face each time, asking me why I didn’t want to wear heels or dress shoes (I refused to wear anything but trainers until my mid-teens) and suggesting that I opt for brighter clothes instead. The makings of me – now you know.
But there are ways to elevate an all-black outfit look (the word “elevated” is a very fashion-y word, I know, but you guys know what I mean). Keep reading for my favourite three ways below.
Mix up fabrics and textures
This is probably the easiest way to go about wearing head to toe black without looking blah. My personal favourite combo is faux fur on the top layered over basic cotton, then either shiny leather/PVC-type material or battered denim on the bottom.
It’s safe to say that the vinyl trouser has been having its moment (Laquan Smith, with the help of these babes, is to thank for that) and I’m currently obsessed with the Topshop version. If you’re not sure about the trend – as I wasn’t when I first put this look together – leather or leather-look trousers are an easy entry point.
Play about with proportions
As a general rule of thumb, I like to wear an oversized top (or incorporate oversized elements on top, such as a bell sleeve) and slimmer bottom as I think it’s a lot more flattering than the other way around. This ASOS cropped hoodie is slightly oversized, which makes my bottom half look a lot slimmer (I think? I hope? Because I really don’t want to have to re-join the gym).
Add some luxe pieces
Finally, adding a few luxe items to an otherwise basic outfit can help to elevate your look. I wore this hoodie/leather trouser set to lunch with a friend, so I wanted to look casual but still feel put together hence the Balenciaga Race Runner sneakers and Saint Laurent handbag. If you’re on a budget – or if you’re a sensible human being who would rather save your £££s to go towards your future – you can alternatively add vintage/high street eye-catching pieces to complete the look. Think gold or silver hardware, buttons, tassels, subtle colour. Anything.
Cropped hoodie, ASOS. Leather trousers, Zara. Trainers, Balenciaga. Black and gold shoulder bag, Saint Laurent.