There’s a reason the phrase goes ‘... is the new black’.
Although it is an oxymoron that we are talking about here, because time has shown us that no matter which shade becomes the ‘Pantone colour of the year’, black is a classic that can never be replaced. The infamous LBD, a black blazer, black denims, a black blouse, are all wardrobe essentials that one MUST own. You know how we have been reading about making more use of our clothes to do our bit at reducing our personal fashion-footprint? Investing in these wardrobe staples is one way to do that, as these are items of clothing that you can wear over and over again, styling them in countless ways, and pairing them with the rest of your wardrobe.
While wardrobe staples are a great way to go about styling blacks, all-black is another way to approach your blacks.
Especially, if you are someone who’s favourite colour is black, this one’s all for you.
We don’t think this trend can ever go out of style, and so, here we jot down some tips on how to keep your all-black interesting.
Got a date-night? By choosing black, you get to keep your outfit equal parts bold and beautiful. We suggest opting for a well-fitting dress - maybe with drama on the sleeves! Sweet-heart necklines, off-shoulders, black stilettos - these are guaranteed hits.
If you are anything like we are, you have to be picturing this outfit with pearls!
The milky white of pearl jewelry is perfect to create contrast with your black outfit.
Pearl jewelry from MOI
(Top - bottom : Slate mother of pearl ring, Grace Kelly minimal pearl pendant necklace, Taylor bow mother of pearl earrings, Chicago diamond and pearl bracelet)
Jewelry from MOI is heavily inspired from the colours and charisma of India while keeping modern-day trends at its core. Translating this aesthetic to clothing could take you through festivities, parties, brunches - you name it. Picture a Banarasi silk stole with your jeans and black shirt, for example. Just one statement accessory and a difference in textures makes so much difference! To go all-black with Indo-western, you could pair a black shirt with a saree, a black dress with black handloom shawl for winters or a black handloom kurta with your black denims! The options are endless. How to add an edge to these, you ask? Obviously our answer is through jewelry! Contrasting jewelry, studded with vibrant gemstones like emeralds, rubies, tourmalines and sapphires are the perfect way to finish your all-black Indo-western ensemble.
Green gemstone jewelry from MOI
(Top - bottom : Rory Gilmore carved tourmaline earrings, Eve tassel necklace, Nizam emerald and ruby ring, Colombo emerald studded hoop earrings)
It’s a no-brainer that neutral colours such as black, white, beige etc. are a fail-safe for formals. They’re somber and they lend a feel of seriousness to you, a quality much desired at the workplace.
When you choose an all black outfit for the office, it could also double down as one for your after-work hours too. Drinks with your colleagues after, a dinner date, a friend’s birthday party? You can just ditch your blazer, change from your dainty work-wear stud earrings to longer, statement earrings, or put on a few rings and you are set. But do remember, with your black blazer - black trousers, you want to keep your jewellery smaller- with minimal pearl earrings or pendant necklaces.
Our suggestions for work- wear jewelry
(Top - bottom : Grace Kelly minimal pearl pendant necklace, Tanzanite ring, Norah gold and diamond bangle, Gaj elephant motif diamond stud earrings)
Casuals are the easiest to style. They come with no rules and the world is your canvas. By now, we have already established how versatile the colour really is. So there’s no doubt an all black ensemble is a great, effortless pick for the movies, a shopping trip to the mall or just a quick catch up with your friends and family. There are numerous ways to make your outfit interesting. Add black boots, a black leather jacket, or even a jewel with a black onyx gemstone! To keep things trendy, you can experiment with layers, tuck-ins (a reminder that the half tuck is an idea not to be forgotten), accessories and mix and match of loose clothing with fitted clothes for an interesting silhouette.
Colourful gemstone jewelry to accessorize a casual outfit
(Top - bottom : Marama opal ring, Revival vintage style gemstone necklace, Firdos gemstone studded earrings, Felix sapphire and ruby studded ring)
No matter your style preferences, we can all agree on the unwavering relevance of the black color. It is safe yet bold, classic yet far from boring, and can take you from dates to parties with minimal effort.