Wearing Black | how I made it work for me

I’m not really a big fan of wearing black.  Colour makes me happy.  Yet lately, I’ve found myself wearing black.  I decided to work out how I made wearing black work for me.

Wearing Black

Wearing Black | the analysis

I looked at some recent black outfits that had received positive Everyday Style feedback. Why were they well received? What about them worked? Why did I feel comfortable not wearing colour?  Who even am I anymore?

Wearing Black

Reiss black wool coat, DKNY denim jacket, Forever 21 AC/DC tee, Burberry cashmere scarf, Country Road black moto slouch pants, Seed Femme black ankle boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q in Dirty Martini

All of the outfits had things in common.

  • I didn’t wear black close to my face
  • I used pattern to break up the solid black on my torso
  • I kept the outfits streamlined with skinny leg pants and layered fitted tops
  • Coloured accessories and non matchy matchy bags and shoes
  • My black on black layers were made of different textures

Perhaps the contrast of my red hair and pale skin against the black works well for me too.

Wearing Black

Jeanswest black velvet tux jacket, Popbasic navy striped Le Breton tee, Witchery black lurex knit, Bohemian Traders skinny jeans and printed scarf, DECJUBA black biker ankle boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q in Dirty Martini 

Wearing Black | why do I own black?

For a girl who doesn’t really like black very much, I seem to own quite a bit of it!  How did that happen exactly?  Well, there’s a few reasons.

  • Black is a wardrobe classic
  • Black is a great base layer
  • Black is so popular some things are difficult to find when not in black.  Think winter coats, boots, handbags, opaque tights …
  • Black works back well with prints and mixed colours
  • Black evokes chic sophistication

I would have happily purchased my black winter coat in ink navy – a colour I think far more sophisticated than boring old black.  My sparkly sweater would be gorgeous in charcoal.  My Mela Purdie ruched zippered tunic? Stunning in dark blue.

My Country Road leather trimmed ponte leggings? These are ink navy – but I also own them in black and beige.

Wearing Black

Vintage Morrissey leather jacket customised with Liberty London fabric buttons, Ketz-Ke teal & grey striped top, Mela Purdie ruched zip front tunic, Country Road navy leather & ponte leggings, Target Australia tan ankle boots, Formed Design Co Pink Frosting necklace (gifted), Anizoe mint leather tote

One of the reasons I adore my Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q backpack so much is the gorgeous colour named Dirty Martini.  My Anizoe leather tote is a classic shape in a very pretty pastel mint.  The designs of both these bags would be equally stylish in black leather – but too boringly expected for a girl who loves colour.

Sometimes black really is best – I can’t imagine my Seed Femme leather Acne Pistol-esque ankle boots being as versatile and classic if they weren’t in quality black leather.  My vintage Morrissey leather jacket that I’ve customised with pretty Liberty London fabric buttons wouldn’t rock the tough pretty look quite so well if the leather wasn’t black and slightly battered.

Do you love to wear head to toe black? What’s your favourite colour?


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  • Bev from Iris May Style - 4 July 2014 - 7.25 am

    I could not live without Black in my wardrobe! You look so good in Black…especially loving the Black with denim and Burberry – total sophistication darling!xxReplyCancel

  • Emma - 1 July 2014 - 10.10 pm

    I have dark hair and find most of my outfits need a little black to anchor them. Having said that I have high contrast colouring (ie pale skin, naturally quite red lips) so often pair it with a light bright colour to pull it all together. I don’t do the head to toe black thing so much now and if I do I put the colour punch in my lippy or a standout accessory or two.

    I agree black can often be a great base for an outfit and I certainly have many basics in this hue. However whilst I know the importance of having a myriad of black shirts in different styles and lengths for different outfits, explaining this to my husband is another matter :).ReplyCancel

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