I'm doing a spot of homework in the sun and in my latest Porters Magazine there is a 4 page photo shoot of the Pre-Baftas party in London. I was struck by the fact that almost everyone was wearing black (not a strange phenomenon in NZ I know, but, everyone was a tad more dressed than any NZ gathering and this is London...). The striking part was just how stunning some people looked in black and just how much better some could have looked in other colours! this of course started a whole morning of searching through pictures of certain starlets to see what colours looked better on them... I love this sort of research, much better than tidying up my GST. However I digress... I am as much a black addict as the next person, but I do try to balance that theme and occasionally if I think everyone will be wearing black - I go for a colour to stand apart from the crowd. I would also say be mindful of your make up as black head to toe creates a very open canvas so use it wisely xA NET-A-PORTER Anne Benshaw Stylist
I'm not talking about getting your 5 + a day or making sure you have regular beauty therapy appointments, its more about keeping your key, basic pieces looking sharp.
Are your white T-shirts still white and holding their shape. Are you blacks really black? Does your "go-to" black jacket have shiny lapels or missing buttons on the arms. And Oh I hate to sound like my dear old Mum but are your shoes polished and scuff free??
Each season I get out my basics and review them. Often I spend one months budget on a VERY unsatisfactory shopping trip to replace my basics; white T-shirt, black singlet, black pants, slip grips for my shoes that have worn away, nude bra… It is no where near the excitement as coming home and hanging up a new coat or spraying gorgeous new red suede heals BUT when you are racing out the door with your basics looking FABULOUS it all pays off.