“You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.” Christian Dior’s lines about the ‘non-colour’ summarise all that one would need to know about it. Chic, elegant, cool and always striking, black is one versatile colour that will mould itself according to your desire, whether you are heading for an intimate soirée or looking to make a splash at a formal event. When looking at Bollywood celebrities to see how they like to wear their all-black outfits, the lessons are many. From sophisticated drapes to marabou feathers, here’s a fashion study in all things black.
Read on for sartorial inspiration that will work like a charm all day, every day.
Head-to-toe black may in itself be a smart pick but add to that a draped element and what you will have is the holy grail of outfits. The same could be seen in Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Elie Saab look, her monochrome OOTD a distinct departure from frills and flounces. A one-shoulder cape with asymmetrical hem and a sleek, neatly-tied scarf aside, the actress’s choice of accessories complemented her all-black attire. Taking notes for a formal outing or a reception? We know we are.
Another one-shoulder look was pulled off by Alia Bhatt, but what caught our eye was the chic stripe detail in her tailored pantsuit. Paired with pumps, the Leo and Lin outfit comprising pants with slits and a blouse with classic collar makes for a distinctive formal ensemble, one fit for the boardroom. For those who wish to keep it comfortable, a pair of mules would do the trick.
Looking for an effortless, on-point outfit that can work for an array of occasions? We are vying something along the lines of Radhika Apte’s sleek dress by Shantanu & Nikhil. With gold metallic buttons upfront and a minute tape detail at the collar, one such all-black outfit will fit all your fashion needs.
With the colour catching up in Indian wear and contemporary ensembles, there is no reason for you to not try out an all-black look for an intimate ceremony this season. Play with silhouettes and details, opting for a gathered dress like Deepika Padukone’s Rajesh Pratap Singh number. With hints of white at the hem and the cuffs, an unconventional pick such as this will surely be the scene-stealer you have been looking for.
Never has anyone said no to marabou feathers—the ultimate party element to update your look. Take cues from Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who pulled off a maximalist feather+mesh mini with remarkable ease. Add a red lip and towering heels and there will be no stopping you from making a grand entrance!
A tuxedo for a gathering? Why not! Whether it’s a theme party or a cocktail, go the distinct route for an eye-catching look that’s on par with Sonam Kapoor Ahuja. We definitely suggest sticking to a high heel for maximum impact, but you may wish to ditch the jewels and let your tuxedo do the talking.
One more! Now you didn’t think we were going to leave without some Bollywood inspiration for print aficionados, did you? Tailored, sleek and relaxed, Karisma Kapoor’s all-black ensemble ticks all the boxes, along with the fact that it has a stellar white print to boot. If an update to the black monochrome look is what you have been hoping for, this is it!
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