Black … such a loaded colour!
Coming from an European background, I was brought up with the notion that Black was the colour of mourning and that it was an “old” persons, ageing colour.
As soon as I was buying my own stuff I went for black – it was a sort of rebellion, if you will.
People used to call me the black widow, which considering I wasn’t married at the time, was kind of strange.
I loved wearing black because I had done my research and had discovered that Black was “slimming” and “flattering”.
Having a curvy, hourglass figure, even though at the time I only weighed about 50kgs, meant that I never looked skinny so I thought this black thing was the bomb!
Fast forward a Millenia, or at least into a new Millenia, and now I rarely wear the ultimate neutral – black.
Then again, there is this dress:
This LBD is a faux wrap dress, with a frilled neckline – which is a current trend – and a cute leather buckle to cinch in the waist, which I love!!
It’s a nice out to dinner look.
Some might consider wearing it to work but for me I think it’s a little too short and low cut.
I prefer an edgier look – back to those days of rebellion – so as it’s winter I opted for the tights and booties with a cropped leather jacket, it also looks great with nude heels and a blazer for the more conservative amongst us, or sandals for summer.
Then there is this fit and flare number:
The skirt has lovely movement to it and the v-neck works well for me as I’m somewhat petite.
Once again I went for the cropped leather jacket, tights and booties and added some chunky silver jewellery.
A classic A-Line is hard to beat:
The point of difference on this baby is the little keyhole in the bodice, which is a cute and flattering element.
I do love my brooches, especially my dragonfly, and this frequently takes pride of place because it has particular emotional significance for me.
I wore my black patent low-heeled shoes that remind me of Quaker times and a pretty coloured scarf.
Then there’s a 1960s retro dress:
Once again, my dragonfly makes an appearance on this dress and works with an empire waistline, cream trim, frilled cuffs and black and cream heels. I have to say this dress always draws compliments, and who doesn’t like compliments?
As we are looking at retro dresses I thought of this one:
A beautifully fitted dress with a 1940s vibe, with the polka dot belt, collar with the curved polka dot buttons running down the front of the dress.
I wore it with buckled, high heeled booties.
In the following I’m wearing a casual, unrelieved black look:
I’ve worn my favourite handmade brass robot necklace with some zippy jeans, a current trend long cardigan and booties.
This angled neckline dress gives such a gorgeous shape:
If you look closely, you will see ruching on the waist which emphasises the best part of my figure and disguises the not so good parts.
The weight of the fabric in this dress makes it a good mid-season dress, although it can be worn with tights, booties and a coat for winter.
The snakeskin shoes look so good!
Back in Black …
When I looked back through my photo collection I was a bit taken aback by just how much black I’m still wearing, considering my preference is now for colour.
If I’m going to be critical, it does drain my face.
Even so, the Black is indubitably a chic and classic look.
Why not let me know what you think about the whole wearing black thing in the comments below and or leave a like or follow for more posts just like this?
tinakmeyerAugust 14, 2018 at 11:56 am
I wear too much black. I’ve started to buy different coloured tunic tops to wear with my black bottoms – just to break it up. I’m much more colourful in summer.
donnadoesdressesAugust 14, 2018 at 11:59 am
It’s called basic black for a reason! We all find it a convenient colour to wear because it works so well
in so many contexts. Colours are fun to wear though and it’s good you’re looking forward to wearing some in the summer!! 🌺🙏🏼❤️
tinakmeyerAugust 14, 2018 at 11:59 am
I hear you. And yes, it works easily and is also an invisible colour when you are working with kids.
donnadoesdressesAugust 14, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Are we ever truly had invisible? Lol!
tinakmeyerAugust 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm
Probably not 😂
mummabstylishOctober 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm
Thanks for joining me on the #chicandstylish #linkup – hope to see you again. love your black dresses, you look fabulous! Jacqui Mummabstylish
donnadoesdressesOctober 26, 2018 at 7:11 pm
The link-up was great fun to be a part of! Thank you for your kind comment! 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏
NikaJanuary 26, 2019 at 9:27 pm
Love it! Dramatic, yet classy. As you can see, I’m on a roll with my comments, today. Ha haha.
donnadoesdressesJanuary 26, 2019 at 9:44 pm
Hahaha!! Yes I can tell! I’m glad you like it – I hadn’t realised how much black I had been wearing!! Donna 🧚🏻♀️❤️🙏🙏