Fashion loves black. It’s an affair that’s gone on forever. We all know the mantra; ‘black is slimming’, ‘black is sophisticated’. I could go on (and I will, keep reading for my top 5 quotes about black).

Black is my safe space. For a really long time it was all I wore, top to bottom. But I wasn’t using black in the right way. I wore black because I thought it meant I didn’t have to think about what I was wearing. Black-on-black-on-black. It’s obviously all going to go, right?

OK, maybe it’s half right. But black can be so much more. When you add in silhouettes, fabrics and textures, this perennial colour can take on new life. More so, it can become the blank canvas on which to build your outfit; adding in anything from something as simple as a blue denim shirt.

Jacket - AllSaints | Shirt - Levi’s | Jeans - Replay | Boots - RM Williams

Fashionable thoughts

“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy — but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you — don’t bother me.” —  Yohji Yamamoto

“I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour.” —  Wednesday Addams

Black is not sad. Bright colors are what depresses me. They’re so… empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not.” ? Ann Demeulemeester

I have said that black has it all. [It’s] beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” — Coco Chanel

“I think in black.” — Gareth Pugh

Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.