BLACK is the new black, it’s the saviour of many a wardrobe so let’s not pretend any other colour can replace it. Styling this staple colour needs to be done right though, go all black and you’ll end up a bit too gothic or at the other end of the scale teaming black with really bright colours will make it look cheap. So this week I’m styling black in a few different relaxed ways by combining contrasting textures, balanced silhouettes and subtle tones.
Sometimes you just want to be comfortable, for those days these knitted joggers from H&M are perfect. But how do you style joggers? A skinny black knitted jumper like this will create a chic contrast to the loose fit bottoms and I’ve got the same white tee to create a few layers. (Don’t be tempted to go baggy all over, you’ll make yourself look a lot bigger than you actually are). Instead of going for the obvious black accessories I’m wearing a vintage tan handbag and leather cuff, it gives the look a bit more personality and interest. You could wear all black Converse with this but heels elongate the leg.
I found this cashmere and wool mix Zadig & Voltaire jumper in the clearance section at TKMaxx(!!!) It’s actually a large size women’s style, but I like oversized/boyfriend fit jumpers so it works really well. Underneath I’m wearing a white jersey Topshop tee which is quite long, the difference in colour breaks up the jumper and jeans which are similar tones. The super skinny Dr Denim jeans are high-waisted and really comfortable, because my jumper is a relaxed fit I’ve balanced it out with these plus some Chanel boots. The black, dark grey, white and beige within the outfit work really well as a casual, timeless look and the mixture of designer and high street adds something different to the mix.
A stand out piece like this Religion kaftan from The Women’s Society (my favourite boutique) has so many possibilities, I’ve teamed it with some killer leather Allsaints trousers that fit like a dream, a vintage tan belt to cinch in the waist and some distressed ankle boots from Jones Bootmaker. This look would work for day or night, and although the majority of it is black it doesn’t look morbid or unimaginative, it looks chic in an understated way. When the weather warms up, whip off the leather trousers and pop on some tan leather ankle boots or gladiators for simple summer vibes.
Photographs by Helen Stanley.