The summer months might set the tone for bright, joyful style, but SS23 is proving that fashion’s favorite shade isn’t suited for the winter months or after-dark looks only. While fashion goths might nod to the sartorial impact of Netflix’s hit series Wednesday (based on The Addams Family’s eldest offspring), the enduring appeal of black comes from its ability to highlight the silhouette and craftsmanship of a singular design. The key to styling the inky shade is to pair contrasting textures and choose pieces with dynamic shapes, so that head-to-toe black looks elevated and considered.
Whether you’re getting dressed for a summer day in the city or packing for a weekend away, you can’t go wrong with Toteme’s versatile silk-twill camisole. Dress it up for a balmy, coastal date night with the matching crinkled midi skirt, which exudes understated elegance. Then complete the look with Emme Parsons’ minimal leather sandals and a chic shoulder bag by Bottega Veneta.
For an office-to-off-duty look with enough polish for the theater or evening drinks, consider Nili Lotan’s ‘Flavie’ tailored pants – available only at NET-A-PORTER – styled with Balenciaga’s romantic bustier top to keep the aesthetic cool, not corporate. When it comes to finishing touches, slip on Alexander McQueen’s slick kitten-heel pumps (a NET-A-PORTER exclusive) and a capacious leather tote by The Row that’s roomy enough to fit all your daily essentials – as well as a laptop, makeup pouch and change of shoes, if required.
Loewe’s ‘Paseo’ satchel, on the other hand, is a sleek alternative to the essential everyday crossbody. Wear yours with Faithfull The Brand + NET SUSTAIN’s ruffled mini dress. Consciously crafted from airy linen certified by Oeko-Tex and European Flax, it’s ideal for a garden party or alfresco lunch. Finish with Jimmy Choo’s minimal ballet flats and oversized sunglasses by Dior Eyewear – this look is all about relaxed refinement.
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