Ann Demeulemeester once said, “Black is poetic.” It’s a color of mystery and versatility from the 18th to the 21st century black has been represented in a variety of forms from romance and artistry to mourning and grief, uniforms, and formal attire. Gabrielle Coco Chanel capitalized on the black color sensation introducing the world to the little black dress in American Vogue, 1926. The late 1940s sought to a more sexualized manner with the appearance of the femme fatale in film noir. And today, black is portrayed in a new-age glamour accredited to the 1990s bringing what Madame Chanel foreshadowed to fruition as, “black wipes out everything else around.”
The power-play color can leave a lasting impression amongst many, but how can one follow the style normative amidst the blistering summer daze. If you’re situated within a metropolitan city black is a given, spring/summer or autumn/winter black is the safest option when you’re stuck in a style rut. Warmer temps should not be the end all, be all to style and dressing but an alternate route when trying to revamp an old favorite. Try the little black tank dress accompanied by black mule loafers and sunnies reminiscent of those found on Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s for a timeless touch.