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Embrace Elegant Basic Black With These Runway Ideas


Although the look of bright pastels may be dominating the scene for Summer 2016, there’s nothing quite like basic black to complete your ensemble for every occasion. Often referred to as the “fashion uniform”, the look of monochromatic black can be incredibly slimming and sleek. With soaring temperatures now upon us, try sporting black frocks in lightweight materials and fabrics. Here are a few ways to wear head-to-toe black for the weekend, business and a night out.

Casual Chic

Whether you’re heading out for lunch or running errands around town, there’s nothing quite like a simple black maxi dress to complete your style. Take your sartorial cues from the Giambattista Valli runway, and step out in a flowing halter neck number in a sheer black fabric. For a finishing touch, try pairing the free-falling frock with strappy black sandals and an oversized metallic arm cuff.

Work Wear

For the office, a figure-flattering black midi dress with white piping can instantly elevate your look (as spotted at Altuzarra). Look for a frock with a slight V-neckline, cap sleeves and a waist-cinching cut. Accessorize your style with a black and white decorative belt, and slip on your favourite espadrilles.


As day turns into night, look to the Jason Wu catwalk and slip into a sleeveless black metallic number with an A-line cut. Meanwhile, subtle side cut-outs and flouncy frills bring a slightly sexy yet entirely girlish flavour to your sartorial statement. Simply add a pair of chunky black sandals, and allow your inner party girl to shine.