How to wear black.
Post election and pre Brexit, the mood is still dark, so I thought we can do a quick piece on black and sober outfits.
One very rarely wears all black outfits, which One finds a little bit harsh on the complexion. Even adding just a dash of cream silk near the face can lift things up a little. Though this has to be done with care, to avoid looking like either a waitress, or a high court judge.
On the plus side, black can and does, look very elegant, and is so very simple to accessorise. Especially lovely, in good fabrics: black, cashmere, satin silk or just a hint of lace peaking through.
For any upcoming court appearances, funerals, cocktail parties or those impromptu visits to the Royal Opera House – nothing can beat a good black outfit, always appropriate. So good to be prepared, one never knows what the future may bring…
A Black outfit does require impeccable grooming, and a certain amount of effort- but will virtually never go out of fashion, making it a good staple in harsh economic climates. Adding a nutty little hat with a veil will bring a whole new dimension. (Do people still wear hats in court, or are they just for mourning now?)
To help me recover from the shock of the US election, as well as be battle ready for the Borgias, I went shopping. To put together some tres chic little black ensembles. The damage was considerable, but my justification was that shopping is better than alcohol – and so much easier to control. Only just.
Draping myself in a luxurious black cashmere coat from Max Mara with some incredible Mary Janes from Miu Miu. An outfit to conquer the world in, perfect to wipe out the Borgias. After all, we all have our battles and dressing up for them helps with the winning team.
It was not possible for me to walk in the Miu Miu shoes, so I had to let go of that particular fantasy. (I have rather wide feet and my toes simply refused to submit) The divine cashmere coat though is mine – wearing it right now as I am deciding which is the ideal handbag to go with…
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