In our modern world, some people say it is an unforgivable mistake for women to be seen wearing their little black dresses in the middle of the day. Black is usually reserved for night outs, high-end parties, formal events, and elegant occasions and so on. Other voices say black goes with anything and any occasion, as charcoal business suits are a common sight these days while black motor leather jackets or black see through pieces roam the streets at any given hour or season.
Famous fashion designer Bill Blass went down in history for the quote “when in doubt, wear red!” But Coco Chanel’s legacy says that when in doubt, we should wear our little black dress or at least our black outfit to rise to the expectations and look timelessly fashionable no matter the occasion, the weather, the fashion season or our personal style. Let’s take a look at black as a canvas we can further paint on a killer outfit and see how we can style up black attires to adapt to any situation.
1. Black Outfits and Glam Looks
You might have to go to a date, an outing with your friends, a party, a club opening or a casual event. Pick a simple black dress, a mix of black top and trousers and begin building upon this foundation: a cool modern hat and a pair of sunglasses will take you to all hot clubs, pubs and hip restaurants in town while a few statement pieces of jewellery will turn you into the prom queen no matter how classy or high-end the event you have to attend is.
2. Black Dress and Pearl Jewellery
It really doesn’t matter what type of little black dress you own: it can be a silk cocktail dress, a denim simple fitted one, a strappy slip dress, a black lace long evening gown and so on. Any black dress, no matter how casual or sporty it may be in design or fabric, turns into a high-end statement of elegance and refinement if paired with a high quality white multi-strand pearls bracelet. If you want to step up your game, invest in pearl jewellery set with necklace, earrings and bracelet for an outstanding look.
3. Black Suit and Metal Pieces
Black is very corporate, serious, demure and powerful. If you are the “Devil wears Prada” type of woman, you probably have one or two black suits with a jacket, skirts or trousers. But sometimes business women have to wear the same outfit from the 9 a.m. board meeting to the 9 p.m. classy dinner or cocktail party. Pick cuff bracelets, stacked bracelets, a chunky metal choker and so on. Just remember to wear just one metal finishing, so it doesn’t clash with your black attire. Gold or bronze work well with black as it gives it a boost of elegance and spark without becoming too flashy.
4. The Little Black Dress and the Beach Accessories
The person who said that black dresses didn’t go well in the middle of the day never went to the seaside on vacation. If you are the travelling type and love to spend your summers exploring new destinations, remote locations and different cultures, you know you always have to pack a black dress for any occasion. You can wear it in mid-day with some coloured hip and boho pieces of jewellery, match it with a wide brim beach straw hat, and wear it with flip flops or sneakers at the beach or with a pair of strappy sandals when going out for dinner. The little black dress is a faithful summer companion even if you stay in town and just wish to look stylish and trendy without much effort.
5. The Black and Everything Retro
Black is a canvas, just as we were saying, at it allows an infinite number of accessories, personal styles, colours, patterns and fabrics to show off. But if you want to go even further and truly dress to impress, then nothing compared with a retro outfit. If you have to attend a theme party or a black tie event, a retro look can be achieved with little fuss by adding a coil hat, a veil, a steampunk-style top hat, a corset, a pair of silk or lace black gloves, black pearls and so on. Retro trends are more fashionable than ever and you can even wear your black jacket-and-trousers suit in a retro manner if you so desire.