Friday, July 20, 2012

A Column for All Seasons: Black

You KNEW I was going to do this in black, right?

Sunglasses – Monki, bracelets – Asos, black sandals – Valentino, Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, earrings – 1928, tote – Rag & Bone, espadrilles - Soludos

Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, ivory cotton cardigan – Jack Wills, scarf – Marc Jacobs, ballet flats – Toms, red cardigan – Milly, red clutch – Miller and Jeeves, black loafers - Debenhams

chambray brazer – Paul Smith, scarf – Barneys CO-OP, shoes – Fred Perry, Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, leather & knit jacket – Rag & Bone, bracelet – Zelia Horsley, boots – Maison Martin Margiela

Jacket – Barbour, Scarf – Dominique Mosley, boots – Acne, Black tee – Splendid, pants – Chloe, jacquard coat – Vionnet, pearls – Kenneth Jay Lane, pumps – Ralph Lauren


  1. I want the Rag & Bone jacket! The black on black ensemble is very edgy/chic. And the kitten heel booties are exceptional. I am 63, but I totally think I could wear this. And I love grouping with the Vionnet jacket. Very smart! Your taste is impeccable.

  2. So cool! Great ideas for my favorite base layer. The pearl ensemble is swoon-worthy.

  3. I adore those Marc Jacobs flats - except for that ugly logo on the back. Argh! Why mess up such elegance with something so gauche?

    1. Oops. Those are Toms aren't they?

  4. Vivienne, could you do a starting-from-scratch business casual wardrobe? I am re-entering the workforce and, while I do have a couple of outfits, I don't have a work wardrobe. Would I start with a four-by-four? I could really use your help!!

  5. I love these posts and really enjoyed seeing how much fun neturals can be! The accessories have given me great new ideas (and they are all in my closet, imagine that!). How about winter white/cream? Oooohhh...thanks, Janice!

  6. This idea of column dressing really appeals to me. It is a great way to wear neutrals that are not exaclty my most flattering (black in my case) and warm them with some of my colors. Having wonderful accessories helps too, of course. Yesterday's soft pink with brown was so beautiful. You have created quite a treasure trove of ideas for your followers. Thank you.

  7. I love column dressing; it's the only way to lengthen a curvy figure!

  8. How great are these looks
    I love the black on black also

  9. You are an artist... I was eagerly awaiting the black collection. Bravo

  10. Just back from France. I took only 12 items--thanks to your inspiration.

    I like column dressing because it really minimizes the "paradox of choice."

  11. Well, these are some unexpected pairings; I particularly like the last one with the delightful, multicolored scarf. Wonderful inspiration; thank you!

    I was thumbing through Marie Claire magazine/July-2012 issue and there's an idea page (no. 66) for black/gold/tan/white (solids, but where there are patterns, they're using geometrics). I thought instantly that it could be for an adult woman of any age. It seems we all really ARE trying how to work our wardrobes wisely and fashionably. I can't come up with the ideas on my own.

    It's all great help, even if I don't apply everything just as you present it, but I always come away with a good tip. Just looking at your ideas is so much fun.