Get flattering style with black

October 04, 2018
Fashion - Black Apparel

BLACK may depict sadness and look gloom on apparels, but you can liven up your black outfit by pairing it with some timeless pieces of yours.

As most fashionistas would say, no wardrobe is complete without a little black dress.

Let’s take a look back on the on-and-off fashion of black, which is now among the top trends in the recently concluded Paris fashion week, and officially back in fashion.

In the 50s and 60s Givenchy dressed Audrey Hepburn in the films Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hepburn looked outstanding and awed her fans in gamine-chic black trousers and a boat-neck knit and her elegant black evening gowns.

You don’t have to  look like an actress to wow anyone with black, whether or not you’re a model material you can look fabulous with black. Here are some tips:

* For day think polo-necks, crew-necks or simple tanks worn with A-line skirts or tailored trousers for an uncomplicated silhouette.

* Office dressing is at its simplest when you have a selection of key black pieces such as T-shirts, shirts and sleeveless tanks ready to mix and match with trousers and skirts, or worn under suits.

* Black can drain pale skin  so try wearing it with another color close to your face.

* For evening, jazz up black with sequins, lace and beaded fabrics with camisoles, tanks, or if you’re daring, a bra top worn under a suit jacket or sheer blouse.

* Play with fabric textures to liven up an outfit. Try pairing a satin camisole with black pinstripe wool trousers, or a black suede jacket with a flirty silk dress.

* For the latest look wear a black lace blouse with your favorite tailored trousers.

* Wool, silk and cotton mixes look best, although the new generation of viscose and polyester now look better than ever.

A black coat, either in leather or wool, is essential for city living as it disguises dirt so effectively. Yes, black is flattering to wear and makes us look slim.