Back to Black

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Johanna Payton

black-to-black-topshop-trendBlack is big news this season – and we’re talking about solid, uninterrupted and unapologetic black.

This may be a relief to some; black is always seen as the ‘slimming’ colour, the easiest colour to wear – the fallback for Christmas parties when the trusty black dress gets wheeled out. But black is actually easy to get wrong and deserves as much thought as any other colour, particularly when it is being ‘blocked’.

The first thing to think about is your complexion and hair colour. Blondes can carry off long flowing maxi dresses, for example, whereas brunettes and redheads often suit edgier styles such as shift dresses, bodycon skirts and leather biker jackets. Jet black works brilliantly with ebony hair, but if you are very pale, with fair hair, you might want to opt for a softer black with some texture – such as a mohair jumper or a fringed dress.

Your figure is next on the tick list – and never make the mistake of thinking that black will make you look slimmer no matter what. If you’re very tall or have a generous build, a block black dress in an A-line shape may not do you as many favours as you think. Using clever separates, like a Peter Pan blouse with a pleated skirt can be far more effective in giving you a sleek silhouette. Or, to make the most of your curves, opt for a bodycon that flatters all the right places.

If you’re small or very slim, the right black styles can add lots of length and plenty of curve. Look for plunging necklines, skinny jeans and mini dresses.

If you’re worried about flashing too much thigh, forget the LBD; this autumn/winter, volume is completely acceptable. Choose from gorgeous column maxi dresses, V neck maxis guaranteed to flatter a modest bust and long-sleeved, full-length gowns for oodles of vintage pizzazz. With these dresses, a confident and punch-packing party season is guaranteed.


Office Black


Shop the Look: Planet double lapel crepe jacket£169, See by Chloé Hilo tote bag £378, Jaeger London loop trim dress £399, Biba pointelle v-neck knitted jumper £85, Clarks Kelsea ruched detail knee high boots £99.

Casual Black


Shop the Look: Blowfish Tough Love biker boot £70, Gestuz draped leather blazer £240, Wallis Victoriana top £28, All Saints quilted flag skirt £150, Helene Berman bow pull-on hat £40.

Club Smart


Shop the Look: Ted Baker Keren stitch detail jacket£249, Dorothy Perkins jewelled headband£8.50, Miss Selfridge macramé maxi dress £50, Miss KG Paris high heels £90, Dorothy Perkins Black patent piped clutch £10.

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