When it comes to fashion, though, black is often maligned. (Never mind that whatever la couleur de la saison, it’s often lauded as “the new black.”) “Drab, funereal, boring, done-to-death” are some of the adjectives thrown at this absence-of-color color. And “safe.” In the world of fashion where novelty is currency, the word “safe” is almost always used derisively.
But what’s so bad about safe? What’s so bad about knowing that when you need to feel sophisticated/classic/pulled together/dressed up/timeless/edgy/any combination of those, in a pinch that your tried-and-true Little Black Dress, or black sweater and slacks, or even that black Banana Republic t-shirt are waiting in the closet to save the day? On those days when one’s confidence isn’t up to throwing together a Carrie Bradshaw-esque symphony of color, a simple black ensemble can put one on more solid sartorial footing.
Start with black for a great backdrop to showcase that Dramatic Jacket, metallic accessories, a unique scarf or even Grandma’s pearls. And despite what your Great Aunt Wilma says, you can too wear brown with black in small doses. (Une femme thinks a dark brown bag with an otherwise black ensemble can look trés chic.) Pull your black and brown elements together with a little Leopard print, if that’s your style.
Black accessories can make whatever you’re wearing look more posh (with a small p). Think jeans and a trench with a black Chanel classic flap bag, a simple white blouse with a black vintage glass bead necklace, and of course add a black leather jacket to a tweed skirt to take it from Academic to Edgy. Whatever your ensemble, upgrade it to First Class with a pair of classic black pumps.
So get in touch with your Inner Noir. You’ll be in sophisticated company…
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