I went through a decade of not wearing black during the years my children were born as a detox from everything associated with corporations and London. When they were all school age, I resisted still and even had a little purge of black bags in my collection once I started my closet audit over 2 years ago. Along the way, I acquired some slightly different black things mainly jeans and trousers that were required for casual outfits. Also I found, surprisingly, that black dresses and shoes worked so well for me even during Spring and Summer. For the Autumn and Winter came knee boots to go with everything. And finally came the last few black accessories to complete the return of black to my closet. I’ve come full circle.Very scary how sophisticated teen Chloe Moretz looks in her all black outfit – I really like it except for the too high heels. Here are more favourite black looks and my own…I love the luxe all black look of Zhang Ziyi. Each piece is ultra simple but look closer and they are nothing but the very best in luxury. I think ultimately that’s what I’ve always aspired to achieve; a simple and uncluttered look but it’s so much harder than I thought!
These are my basic black clothes: (from the bottom) leather jacket, tailored single button blazer, shift dress, pencil skirt, cardigan, jumper and beret. Not pictured are black jeans and tailored trousers to complete the group. Tote (I need to retire it because it’s becoming nothing more than a leather filing cabinet), Kelly and Reissue with reversible belt and studded cuff. I use my jersey Chanel 2.55 and Ferragamo bags for evenings and special occasions but they are too rare to include!Heeled boots, biker boots, suede ankle boots (badly need to relace these with a lower heeled pair), patent sandals, sling backs, stilettoes and Summer sandals. This is why I need one pair of flats and one pair of low heels both closed toe so these are on my
shopping replacement list!
It took me a while to think about this grouping but it’s time very well spent since I will have a ready made packing list to choose from for a stay away from home or city break just with the addition of a shirt/blouse, tees and scarf to suit. This is nothing short of a miracle breakthrough for me because I’m a chronic overpacker mostly because I could never choose and stick to a colour theme and had items that didn’t quite fit the task somehow.
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