In defence of wearing Black

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While walking along Northumberland Street the other day, I looked down to discover that I was wearing all black. Literally everything. I was a column of black. At first this wasn’t a conscious style choice, just the result of owning so much black that it was bound to start to happen. But recently, I have embraced my love of the colour black. There is a reason that the little black dress is such a style staple. Black is flattering, easy to wear, goes with everything and will never clash. Black skinny jeans appear extra skinny, black biker jackets add edge to any outfit, black shoes go with everything; tights, skirts, dresses, jeans, trousers. Why wear any other colour?

instagram: @anniido

Instagram: @anniido

Particularly at this time of year when layering is essential, it makes life a lot easier if the items you are layering are all the same, universally flattering hue. Plus, when shopping on a budget, cheaper fabrics often look more expensive in darker colours. All black will always looks high end. My favourite black items right now are my trusty leather Chelsea boots (these ones are £42 from Topshop), my faux shearling gilet from Zara (£59.99) that can be worn over knitwear or over my biker jacket to make it appropriate for particularly cold days.

Zara Black Gilet £59.99

Zara Black Gilet £59.99

TOPSHOP Chelsea boots £42

TOPSHOP Chelsea boots £42

I also love a black cashmere roll neck for the days when I want to be smart but also warm. Black skinny jeans are also indispensable at this time of year. My favourites are the Molly Jeans from River Island, (£40). They’re super tight but have enough stretch to be comfortable. Black jeans are great for those post uni nights out. Put on a sheer top and layer with a biker jacket, adding a pair of heeled ankle boots and you can happily go from lecture to bar without a stress. It’s not just clothes that are great in black! Accessories work as well because gold and silver hardware really stands out on a black background. I love a chunky leather belt with a western edge, such as this one from ASOS, as it adds detail to any outfit. Wear a black t-shirt and jeans, add this belt and you will instantly be on trend. A black fedora allows me to look put together, even when I haven’t bothered wearing makeup.

 

River Island Molly Jeggins £40

River Island Molly Jeggins £40

M&S Cashmere Roll Neck £79

M&S Cashmere Roll Neck £79

ASOS Retro Luxe London Hand Studded Belt £45

ASOS Retro Luxe London Hand Studded Belt £45

Wearing all black might make me appear like Professor Snape in female form, but it also helps me to get ready twice as quickly and makes me feel fierce in a Top Model kind of way. My top tip for wearing black everything is to add one pop of colour. I like to add a Michael Kors bag in the latest shade, my favourites at the moment are Antique Rose and Plum (Brooklyn Medium Saddlebag, £330). They add just enough colour to make sure no one will apologise for your loss, but don’t detract from the off duty model vibe we all dream of.

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