Back in Black

The little black dress, a wardrobe staple and style must. Trouble is, it all sounds a bit formal and I’m all about tomboy aesthetics, balance and no time – so formal won’t really work. Actually that’s where the LBD comes into its own, by choosing the right one all of the above is possible. So I’ve got three little crackers, very simple, all black and uncomplicated – just what I like. I bought these three black dresses because I’ve got some exciting things going on at the moment and thought I’d better ram a few more into my wardrobe “just incase” and these are perfect for “just incase” situations.

This first little number is from Missguided – long sleeved, really simple, bodycon, black, boom. The leather jacket is Topshop, boots are Rocket Dog and jewellery is The Great Frog, Bonearrow and custom. If I don’t have time to think about what I’m wearing (which is most days) I tend to opt for black anyway and throwing a biker jacket over a dress is a given – works every time.


I warble on about balance quite a lot, but I think it’s really important; I’ve been working in visuals my whole life and creating an aesthetic balance is the key to style in all forms. Too much of any one thing is no good, too much clutter, too much detail, too much is too much. This outfit is a great example of keeping things simple – a fitted midi dress with trainers and a little sports bag. Done. This is one of my favourite outfits at the moment, the knitted midi dress with cut out back is from Zara, trainers are Gola, bag is Adidas and rings from The Great Frog and Bonearrow.



This sparkly number is slightly customised, it started off life with 3/4 sleeves but I wanted to make it into a glittery, tight, t-shirt dress with added oomph. I styled it with steel toe cap boots from Grinders, skull ring from The Great Frog, beaded bracelet by Christian-Rex and TW Steel watch all of which bring the whole thing back down to earth and toughen everything up. It doesn’t get more straightforward than that, a dress and boots. Good times.



Photos taken by Helen Stanley with Instax Mini 90.



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