Playing Safe on a Night Out | All Black

I had 10 minutes to change ahead of a night out with the girls but that rushed and safe outfit felt good all evening and it got me thinking about what we grab to wear when under time pressure and the tendency I have to go straight for black in these moments.

Bright colours and patterns are all very well but the reality is, when I think about the items that work hardest in my wardrobe, they're not coloured...they're black.

I think it's because I remember wearing the coloured stuff and instantly recall the event or night out that I last wore it. Is that just me?! My memory is rubbish at the best of times but I can remember outfits - and who saw me wearing them. Go figure.

Anyway, this is what I wore on the night out and if you scroll down, I'm sharing some black pieces that will work hard in your wardrobe:
Jersey Culotte Jumpsuit - Warehouse AW16 (this seasons version in red & navy)
Biker Jacket - H&M SS17 (similar here)
Loafer Mules - River Island SS17 (similar here)
Red Cross Body Bag - M&S SS17 (similar here)

Starting with these pleated culottes from Warehouse which I almost bought last season and I know I'll buy this. They seemed a bit wintery when I looked at them in June but I'm really feeling them now.
I've got this real leather cross body bag and it's been on my shoulder pretty much every day since it arrived. Brilliant size and an amazing price:
My slip on loafers have come into their own this past couple of weeks. They're the perfect transition shoes this autumn. The coloured embroidery though can feel limiting and I think I'd wear a plain pair more. These ones from Dune are stunning in real life - I saw them today.
This next item is my Christmas wish list investment piece - I've been looking out for a biker jacket with gold hardware and this one ticks the box. A bit more elegant than a standard biker with the sleeve detail too. I've seen it in real life and it's even nicer than it looks online. Here's hoping it's still in stock in my size in December:
And finishing with a top that will take you to many a 'do', with skinny jeans, tucked into a skirt, under a blazer...I've last year's version of this top and I'm asked all the time where can it be found. I know River Island can be hit and miss (quite often the latter) but they do great black tops. I have so many from there that I wear again and again.

Call me boring but all of the above would earn their keep in no time in my wardrobe and that is the most important thing for me. Anyway, if it's good enough for all those chic French women, then I'm not giving up my black for anyone.

But having said that, I'll be back with a little bit of colour on my next post. Did anyone else get the back to school day completely wrong? No, just me then? What a relief that a friend messaged today to tell me it's tomorrow (Tuesday) and not Thursday.  And that I'd bought the uniform a couple of weeks ago....and it still fits!

Happy back to school one and all...


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