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an ode to black


We’ve established something over the years: my favourite colour, without question, is black: I can wear an all black look any time of year, no matter the weather, the season, the mood.

Last night in a feat of insomnia (looking at you, full moon) it occurred to me to write a blog post focusing on black outfits: maybe even making a series of them, with three looks incorporated. So here I am: I can, so I am. Magical.

Alas, we are months away from actually feeling warm rays of sun on our backs (at least, that is the case here in England) but I love looking around at S/S ’21 collections landing online, having wish-lists and also ideas of how I will be utilising my current wardrobe, ready for when the weather turns.

These looks below are far more spring in nature, although can certainly be built around for the winter months, and inspire.

The result of my rambling thoughts is three collages of varying looks, with a focus on black: not necessarily all black outfits, but always with black incorporated & a key focal point.

LOOK ONE

Prada can do no wrong in my eyes right now. Everything from their campaigns to the clothing itself, I am here for. Totally head over heels for their Re-Nylon collection: the utilitarian accents are modern, structured, functional. This bralette (or, try a harness as I naturally would) worn over a midi shirt dress, complete with black blazer and combat boots, feels put together without a hint of the mundane. A white shirt dress is so easily styled, and incorporating strong black elements creates a solid, bold look. Incredibly versatile as outfits go, switch out the blazer for a leather jacket on more casual days, or go sans free when summer lands and keep the shirt loose & unbuttoned with layered necklaces.

Flecks of gold add a level of interest – a black & gold hardware bag is a must to me.

LOOK TWO

We’re going with a full on, all black look here: but different textures and washes of black make it more appealing to wear and on the eye. The Bottega Chain Pouch was a solid purchase for me in 2020, despite not being able to use it at full capacity. Whilst Bottega remain a brand leading and defining trends, items like this that resonate deeply with the wearer will be able to be worn beyond fashion’s calendars.

I swear by the mules/sandals: I have the black version and wore them so much last summer: they are comfortable, a great height and such a beautiful, modern yet classic shape. Paired with a classic leather jacket, it’s an easy going look that can be made seriously casual by switching out the footwear.

LOOK THREE

Building a look around a simple, structured white tee is a go-to option on those ‘what do i wear days’. Upped by the badass nature of this lingerie inspired skirt from Dion Lee (easily paired with a simple black mini, naturally) it makes what could be a simple look far more on the edgy side (as much as I hate using that word, it kinda works here).

Paired with the beaut Prada ‘Cleo’ bag (do I need this? keep telling myself I don’t but I do love it) it’s a great I-gotta-get-shit-done outfit.

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Belle Robinson
Belle Robinson
2 days ago

Possibly my favorite blog post e v e r. I personally dread dressing for s/s but looking at this post has given me so many ideas. You never fail to impress with the best style going <3

Katharina Erlbacher
Katharina Erlbacher
12 hours ago

Wow, what an incredible blog post! The lines describing these black inspirations is kinda out of this world! Thanks so much for making black so much more interesting for me! 🖤 ✨ 🖤

Claire H
Claire H
11 hours ago

I can totally relate on the Prada nylon obsession. Love the bralet – never really thought of wearing it as a layering piece. Makes it so much more versatile. Just seen it comes in white too. Decisions, decisions!

Kenny
Kenny
9 hours ago

Sammi this and the vintage tshirts are my favorite post! I’ve always read your blog but im to shy to write! i’m from latin america so my spelling is far from perfect ahaha. BUT finally decided to show some love 🖤 black is the no. 1 for me too, so I will be waiting these blog post series 😊 Lots of love from Chile!