Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Back to Black

If I could dress up like this every day, I would!

In winter black is always the new black for me! I am also partial to rich chocolate brown, deep reds or bright colours, cream or beige tones just wash me out so if I see something I like in a choice of colours black usually wins the day.  Here are a few things that have caught my eye on my internet wanderings, I always opt for good quality classics that will look good and last for years, all the following items are makes that I have tried and tested...

Boots from Ecco

I love to wear a boot with a high heel, I am of average height 5 '6 but I find my deportment instantly improves with a heel, which makes me feel more elegant not to mention the leg lengthening qualities. I also like to walk for miles so I need to marry comfort, height and style, sometimes this is not easy to achieve but a few years ago whilst walking past the shop Ecco during a visit to my home town, a store I had previously overlooked as most of  the shoes and boots looked very sensible and I avoid sensible shoes like the plague.  I purchased a lovely pair of black, plain, high heeled ankle boots, which had caught my eye in the window. They are without a doubt the most comfortable boots I have ever worn and I have walked for miles in them, three years later although they have been re heeled and soled they are as good as new.  This season these Victorian style ankle boots are tinkling my bell.

Tory Burch

I love Tory Burch Tunics in the summer so I am lusting after this cashmere twist for winter which you can dress up or down, this neckline is so flattering.

Of course with an all black outfit you need some colour to break it up, coloured silk, patterned or cashmere scarves usually work for me.  Jewellery wise I favour bold, statement pieces and I love vintage. I am loving Michal Golan Jewellery.  I bought a piece a couple of months back, they did not have the piece in stock so they made it up for me, their service was excellent and when the piece arrived (swiftly) the quality was superb and the price extremely reasonable...I will be purchasing some more for myself and for Christmas gifts.

From the Turkish Bazaar collection.

From the Multi Bright Collection

 "A lady always wears gloves" so my Mother tells me, she even wears them in the summer for driving.  Not only do they keep your hands warm but they can also help protect you from nasty winter viruses. I think smart leather one's round off a winter outfit beautifully, especially the longer one's which look fabulous with a swing coat or three quarter length sleeves.

Long Italian cashmere lined black leather gloves from Forzieri

Dents have even brought out a touch technology version, so you don't even have to take them off whilst using a phone or tablet. Available here.


  1. As soon as I saw that first photo I thought "Oh, she is SO good"! Because you are...I love this post. So you to a t. And who on earth would have ever given Ecco boots a gander--I had to see it to believe it.

    If I could, I would buy you that Tory Burch sweater but in a dark burgundy. You must look absolutely beautiful in that color. Me? Only on my lips!

  2. Love your blog and that first photo really is spectacular! The jewelry is beautiful too.


  3. Hello Dash

    I love the items you featured and would happily choose and wear all. Your opening image has me drooling- I adore the jacket and the entire look. Where can one get such a piece of tailoring? I agree with you on quality being of prime importance.

    I loved this post and will look forward to more of your fashion posts.

    Helen xx

  4. I must be a "lady" then, because I wear lots of gloves. No actually, I don't always wear them, but on most days, so perhaps that makes me a part time lady?

    And if there were no black in clothing, my wardrobe rail would sigh a happy relieved sigh, as it makes the vast bulk of my clothing. Love colour too - but always come back to black as the old faithful, forever elegant, forever stylish.

    Those little ankle boots are quite charming - I can imagine you flitting about the countryside in them! xx

  5. Darn you, girl. I did not NEED to see these ECCO boots on your blog today. I have already spent a fortune on new shoes this fall! Tell me, if you love black so much, you should consider moving back to Paris. Les Parisiens l.o.v.e. le noir as you know :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  6. Adore that first pic Dash I would also love to be able to swan around looking this elegant! Although could be slightly dysfunctional for taking photographs in :)
    That Tory Burch design is lovely and the neck line so flattering! I tend to wear a lot of black in winter although my last year big coat purchase I forced myself away from the black staple as I needed the change! Going to be a long long winter here so happy to be returning to Australia for a little summer sunshine over Christmas
    Carla x

  7. ME TOO!!!

    Absolutely great and stunning post!

    Greetings from the Périgord,

  8. I am off to the Ecco shoes web site. Beautiful post and good ideas.

  9. Love those boots! In the non-high-heeled category, I have to sing the praises of my new Steve Madden "Troopa" boots in brown leather.... they ROCK. Got them for $99 online from Nordstrom. Absolutely gorgeous, and fit like they were custom made. No "breaking in" necessary, not so much as a tight spot or a rub.

  10. Lovely post. I am quickly becoming a fan of the ever so elegant color black. The hat, the scarf, and the coat in the first photo are awesome. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on black wedding dresses?

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