If you've got your friends asking you - "why do you always wear black?" - here's your answer, ladies. We all know that there are myriad ways to dress up your black, but you can break the boredom jinx by being trend-smart.
We loved these recent celeb spottings that provide ample inspiration for mixing it up. Also, these are spring ready and summer-friendly ideas, so ditching hues this season is not a crime! From doing it demure with just a hint of elemental tease to season-perfect prints and length-wise behaviour, here's how to spruce up classic black for your next outing.
*A perfect floral print match:If you don't want to go for snug-fit sheaths or done-to-death black shifts, picking a cute print and bringing it on to the dark side can take your day look up a notch. While actor Richa Chadda chose an Atsu Sekhose dress with a spring-perfect floral touch, we loved actor Kaley Cuoco's Lela Rose dress with bold florals on the cropped top and a featherweight skirt with exaggerated polka dots.
Go floral: Take inspiration from Richa Chadda (L) and Kaley Cuoco (R). (Photos: Yogen Shah and Reuters)
*The long and short of it:Here are two sunny-day black looks from the same award function, done as differently as day and night. Our point? An ongoing liaison with length. While singer Jennifer Lopez stuck to a signature bold neckline and curve-happy separates in this Versus Versace ensemble, singer Jennifer Hudson sported a Tamara Mellon jumpsuit. In the style battle of the Jennifers, our vote goes to both. What's going to be your summer-black pick? Length-generous or short and sexy?
*Coating with timelessness:A timeless classic vibe, thanks to jacquard-weave black by label Ashi Studio on PeeCee and a layered look on Kelly Osbourne in Alexander McQueen are a window into doing structured black this season. While we love how Priyanka packs a punch with the blazer-fit bodice of the dress, offset with the teasing neckline, Kelly's summer layering with satin lapels dresscoat gets our vote. These looks are perfect for a cocktail-infused evening. Who knew the structured coat could work for the summer too?
From L to R: Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Osbourne. (Photos: Reuters and AFP)
*Makeup wise- blatant bright:Less kohl, more colour. Let this be your beauty mantra when you do black for spring. Actor Tiya Sircar skipped bold-winged eyes and opted for smartly contoured lids, topping her look with a bright smattering of magenta pink on the lips and her nails.
From L to R: Julianne Hough, Meester Leighton and Tiya Sircar.
We also love hot shades of lavender, luminous plums and a daring dose of tangerine-high when it comes to a bold lip to offset your dark drama for the spring. So, turn up that beauty game the next time you step out to complete your black-spring look.