Two weekends ago I headed up to Sheffield for the wedding of two friends. You may have already seen glimpses of what I wore over on Instagram, but I thought this outfit deserved its own post so you could see all of the wonderful detail properly.
I’ve already spoken about wearing black to a wedding when I showed off the outfit I wore to my cousins last year. As I mentioned then, I still think it’s important to make sure that you choose something that feels wedding appropriate, despite the dark hue. The danger when it comes to wearing black for an occasion like this, especially if you wear it all of the time, is that you’ll turn up looking like you always do and like you haven’t made much of an effort.
I’d been searching for something to wear for months and every nice dress I’d found was something I could easily see myself wearing casually, so that meant it wasn’t an option. Then a few weeks before the date, once I had started to panic, I stumbled upon this beautiful mixed lace dress in the sale. As soon as I saw it I knew this was what I’d been searching for. I tried it on and it fit me like an absolute dream, it was meant to be! The heavy lace, cut out detailing and feminine silhouette instantly make this feel wedding appropriate. It’s one of those pieces that feels like you need an occasion to wear it to, so that you can really show it off in all its glory.
Like with my huge flower crown last time, I opted again for a pretty headpiece to make this a little bit extra special. I’m not really a fascinator kind of girl, and I do worry that a hat would have all black feeling a little bit too funeral for a wedding, so headbands have become my go to choice. They give a much less formal look than traditional headwear, and that suits me perfectly. I actually brought this one last year, even though I had no occasion for it or any idea when I would actually wear it! I loved it and it was super inexpensive, so I couldn’t not buy it. It’s been sitting on my dresser since then waiting for the perfect occasion, and now here it is!
Sophi Reaptress and Hvnter Gvtherer have teamed up to create a short fashion film with Between Pictures. I’m already a huge fan of both of these incredibly talented women, and it’s always so great to see independents working together on collaborative projects like this. The teaser trailer piqued my interest a few weeks ago, and now the full length film has been released.
Layered in heavy atmosphere, it sets a beautifully sombre mood and perfectly showcases the works of these two wonderfully dark independent designers. The eerie visuals are accompanied by Chelsea Wolfe‘s elegant and haunting vocals playing softly throughout, weaving a tale of unrequited love.
My favourite thing about all black dressing is that no matter how basic and casual an outfit is, black instantly makes it seem more interesting and put together. And this outfit is a good case in point. The monochrome palette pulls it all together, but the little details like the asymmetric hem and glossy denim are what really helps to elevate it.
My black sneaker obsession is starting to get a little out of hand now. I counted them all out the other day and I now have more pairs than I do black boots, and I have a lot of black boots! I’m a high top girl at heart, but I’ve been finding myself really drawn to trainers and running shoes lately and these Air Max Tavas are definitely my new favourites.
Lets just pretend it’s still nice enough outside to be wandering around in nothing but a little camisole and maxi skirt, shall we? Oh, and also that I’m not starting off yet another outfit post talking about the weather, again. I swear the reason us Brits are known for being such a miserable bunch is entirely down to the fact our weather can never make its mind up.
As you’ve probably seen over the past few outfits, this leather belt has become one of those pieces I haven’t been able to stop wearing. It seems to add that perfect finishing touch to almost everything, and accessories like this are priceless when it comes to all black summer dressing. The heat means you can’t just rely on piling on the layers to make a look interesting, so investing in a few good accessories is key. That doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be super statement making though. I love the simplicity of this one, and the multiple ways it can be worn (here it’s backwards), it adds interest but in a quieter and more subtle way.
One of the things that tends to happen to people that are around me often, is that they subconsciously start wearing a lot more black. And this is even more true and obvious for close friends and family. Whenever I buy them clothing or accessories as presents I just can’t help myself from encouraging them over to the dark side!
With Fathers Day just around the corner I had been really struggling with what to get my Dad. He’s had so many jumpers, tees and shirts from me over the past few years that his wardrobe is now bursting with them and he only has to look at at the size of the present to have a fairly good idea of exactly what it is. I needed to mix things up, so I turned to my Mum to see if there was anything he had mentioned he wanted or needed. She told me he could really do with a new pair of trainers, as his old pair were looking a bit worse for wear, so of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to introduce a little black into his entirely white trainer collection courtesy of Infinities.
I love my own Adidas Gazelle‘s, they are classic, comfy and look great on everyone, no matter what your personal style. I thought they would be a good introduction to dark trainers for my Dad, with the graphic white stripes and sole breaking up the black and keeping the look quite sporty.
My own dark trainer collection is pretty well stocked, as I’m sure you can imagine, but these ‘triple black’ Air Max Tavas stopped me dead in my tracks as I was browsing. I mean, as if I could resist anything named triple black! I love the mixture of black on black textures here. The mesh, faux suede, rubber and coated areas make them look quite luxe, and very health goth as so many people have pointed out to me as I’ve been wearing them! Fingers crossed my Dad loves his, then maybe I can get him in an all black pair like these next year!