Just like florals for spring, the colour black for winter is so obvious it teeters on the edge of being boring. So often associated with the fool-proof fallback of the emergency ‘little black dress’, black is hated by Vogue boss Anna Wintour while her second in command Grace Coddington swears by it. However, like every major trend, and particularly in recent years where minimalism and simplicity have been championed on every major runway, head-to-toe black has made one hell of a monochrome comeback.
One of the easiest ways to avoid monotony with all black everything is to change up the texture. Velvet is set to be one of the biggest trends for winter 2016, so adding a crushed blazer to your jeans or swapping a mini skirt for a pleated velvet midi is a quick and easy way to keep your black outfit from looking dull. Black and leather is also one of the most timeless combinations there is, so break out the jackets, boots or trousers if you’re brave enough.
Hedi Slimane’s recent tenure at Saint Laurent, a long-time champion of black on black, no doubt had a huge part to play in the colour’s universal revival, so take your tips from them. Black denim instantly looks more mature and sophisticated than the usual blue; and not just for skinny jeans. Switch up the current 90s trend with some black dungarees or go with a darker hue on your denim jacket for a sophisticated update.
Layering is always a stylish (and practical) choice for the cold climates of winter, and it becomes so much easier when you’re working with just one colour. In addition to layering black tights under a dress or skirt, consider adding dimension with blouses, cardigans and jackets of different sleeve lengths or necklines. Wear a V-neck dress over a polo-neck jumper or a sleeveless top over a shirt, and the dark all-over colour will prevent it from looking messy.
The trick with black is to add just the slightest bit of an edge to break it up. A bag, necklace or pair of shoes in a bright block colour can make all the difference when teamed with a black ensemble, or simply dash on some red lipstick and you’re good to go.