59 In Style

The Magic of Black

Like a lot of women, I adore wearing black.  It doesn’t always photograph well for the blog, so on here I usually wear it with lots of  colour.  Black is my security blanket.  On the days I want to retreat behind a cloud of ink like an octopus, black lets me do just that.  And, in an urban environment like New York or London, it always looks perfectly appropriate and discreet.  Yohji Yamamoto summed it up nicely- “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time.  Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.”  In a crowded city like mine, that is often a positive thing!

Last year I bought some loungewear from Winser London, a black loose roll neck sweater and matching tracksuit trousers in a merino, silk, and cashmere blend.  I lived in them, and not in that American hyperbolic way, I literally lived in them. I slept in them, I walked the dogs in them, I did the school run in them, and I wore the sweater with jeans on repeat.  I wore them three days in a row sometimes.  I vowed to find a fancier (non-loungewear) version of that roll neck sweater this year… I called it my ‘Steve Jobs Sweater Quest’ since he was rarely seen outside of a black turtleneck!  I wanted it to be not too thick, not too thin, not too loose, not too tight,  neither too long, nor too short.  It had go smart with a skirt or casual with jeans and sneakers.  OF COURSE it had to be soft, cosseting, delicious, cashmere.

When favourite brand Winser London asked me and my friends from the Over 40 Collective to choose something from their current Autumn/Winter collection, I went STRAIGHT for this sweater.  My Steve Jobs Sweater Quest was over the second I tried it on!  It is as soft as a cloud with deep, luxurious turn-back cuffs, and the perfect width roll neck.  I only had to wait a few weeks for cooler weather to arrive so I could actually wear it.  Next, I had to decide what to wear with it for this post (a pleated leopard skirt? jeans and ankle boots? a black sequin skirt?).  I decided to take inspiration from one of my favourite fashion movies, Audrey Hepburn’s ‘Funny Face’.  I adore the too-cool-for-school, beatnik-chic, black sweater paired with retro cigarette trousers.  It doesn’t get more simple than this.  You notice Audrey, not the clothes.

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winder london black cashmereWinser London black roll neck cashmere jumper and capri trousers

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nhwinser9I love the pin-tuck seam detail on the front and back of the trousers.

dsc_3147Crystal embellished shoes from Lotus

dsc_3162Sparkly bracelet from Lizzie O, water droplets on my jumper courtesy of Mother Nature

On this misty chilly day, I needed either an umbrella or a coat; thankfully I had both in the car.  I hadn’t planned to use either, but every single weather app was wrong the day we took photos!

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dsc_3093Versace wool coat, many years old.

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nhwinser“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours was black.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

I love this last photo; it really captures my feeling of wearing black… gliding effortlessly and inconspicuously through London’s beautiful urban landscape, camouflaged by the queen of colours.

 

Have a look at what my other blogging friends from The Over 40 Collective chose from Winser London, and how they styled it.   I’ll add links to their posts as soon as they are published.

A big heartfelt thank you to the entire team from Winser London who, aside from the gorgeous clothes, are without a doubt the sharpest and kindest team in retail to work with.  Thank you ladies!

winder london Michelle TylerMichelle of RetroChicMama looking sharp and chic in blush silk and navy

winser london LizLiz of What Lizzy Loves is evening-ready in a gorgeous blue georgette-sleeved cocktail dress

lady-of-style-winser-london-merino-wool-coat-1Annette of Lady of Style nails casual luxe in a navy merino wool knit coat

winser-10-webNikki of Midlife Chic exudes modern elegance in her burgundy wrap coat

2016-10-12-not-dressed-as-lamb-x005Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb is pretty in pink with a retro twist

winser-for-dropbox-2Michelle of The Barefaced Chic layers up to stay chic and warm in the country

Linking to: notdressedaslamb, stylenudge, elegantlydressedandstylish, fashionshouldbefun, notdeadyetstyle, honestmum

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  • Reply
    Liz
    October 10, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Oh Lisa. You look divine. The black is the perfect foil for your beautiful hair and you look effortlessly chic , glamorous and cool as always. The sweater looks like it has ticked all of your boxes. Thank you very very much for sharing the Lizzy O bracelet too xxxxx

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 1:22 PM

      Thank you so much, Liz! I love using the bracelet to add sparkle to an otherwise sparkle-free outfit! xx

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    jodie filogomo
    October 10, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    I usually steer away from all black since I’m so pale!
    But I did just see a lady at the airport with some cool textures in her all black outfit, so I may have to try it!
    I especially love the white piping on your cardigan—to me that really sets it apart!!
    And the shoes? Just fabulous!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 4:05 PM

      Thank you, Jodie. I’m also pale, but I just change my makeup to make it work for me! I also love the coat, it is old but well loved! xx

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    Emma
    October 10, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    You look fabulous, Lisa. Great post. Please can you tell me where Annette’s shoes are from, I love them x

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 4:03 PM

      Thanks, Emma! I’ll ask her; she’ll probably say on her post when it goes live tomorrow also. xx

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      Annette
      October 10, 2016 at 6:13 PM

      Lisa, you know how much I love all black looks. So sophisticated and so French. Fabulous how you styled the track pants!
      And I am missing Notting Hill so much, can’t wait to be back in November!!

      Emma, my shoes are from the current collection by Finery London. Glad you like them!

      xx
      Annette | Lady of Style

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        Lisa
        October 10, 2016 at 7:47 PM

        Thank you Annette! Can’t wait to see you soon. xx

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    Vivian Perry
    October 10, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    What a great post! I too have spent days in loungewear….Your black coat with white edging sent me straight into Patrick McGoohan’s Prisoner series! I do so love PortMeirion! Time to revisit!

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 7:44 PM

      Thank you, Vivian! So pleased you liked it, and YES to revisiting PortMeirion. xx

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      No Fear of Fashion
      October 11, 2016 at 9:32 AM

      Oh Vivian… that takes me back a few years… Patrick McGoohan.. Wasn’t he always shouting: “I am not a number!! I am a free man!”?
      Greetje

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        Lisa
        October 11, 2016 at 10:35 AM

        Yes!! That’s right, Greetje! xx

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    Michelle
    October 10, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Wow lady you look hot in black!! I can’t get over how much it makes your hair colour pop. Please don’t ditch the sequins though ????
    Michelle xxx

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 7:45 PM

      Thank you, love! I do hereby solemnly swear to NEVER EVER ditch sequins. xx

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    Mithra Ballesteros
    October 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Very entertaining read layered throughout with an assortment of surprises. Black is never dull, especially in your hands! Well done!

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 7:46 PM

      Thank you so much, Mithra. xx

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    Michelle
    October 10, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    This is my all time favourite go to look when I really don’t know how I feel. Which is pretty much what you said only you said it waaay better 😉
    I just adore how you write & the quote from Yohji Yamamoto is brilliant! I hadn’t heard it before – Thanks for a brilliant read with beautiful images Lisa.
    xxx

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 7:48 PM

      Awww, thank you so much for your very kind words, Michelle. I’m so pleased you liked it. xx

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    Nancy
    October 10, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    So stylish, so feminine , so classy! Gorgeous!

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 7:50 PM

      Thank you kindly, Nancy! xx

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    Jess
    October 10, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Love this chic all black look Lisa, you wear it so well! I looked at the pants on the website and I can see why you lived in them. Great shoes as well. Great look!
    Jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 10:26 PM

      Thank you Jess! I predict a 100% chance of me wearing that loungewear outfit all winter again, lol! xx

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    Abby
    October 10, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    I mostly wear black for going out, it makes me feel glamorous instantly. It’s such an easy color. I love your quote – perfect! And the pictures – WOW! Classy Lady!!! The umbrella ones are my favourite! Seeing you there makes me miss London terribly! xx Abby

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      Lisa
      October 10, 2016 at 10:26 PM

      It IS an easy colour. If it photographed better, I’d wear it more on the blog! Come visit, dear Abby! Thanks so much for your kind words xx

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    Little Red
    October 11, 2016 at 2:43 AM

    I love the all-black look in general and you look stunning in it. But when I try to wear black around my face, I feel like it drabs me down. I wonder if wearing red lipstick would fix that.

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      Lisa
      October 11, 2016 at 7:42 AM

      Thanks so much! That’s what I do, Little Red. To wear black around my face, I need a brighter lipstick, a little extra blush, and a smidge more eye makeup than I usually wear. Give that a try! xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    October 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Well, I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Have to pay the other lovely looking ladies a visit too.
    To start with you in black. It is made for you. I looked at the jumper on Winser’s site and thought: “ooh.. dangerous shape for me. Too straight.” Then I returned to your blog and saw you in it, with curves, and it looks so good on you. So feminine, so artistic. Love it.
    You are right in saying that black doesn’t photograph well. I had trouble seeing the crystal embellishment on the lovely shoes. Clicked through and then I saw it.
    The Versace coat will last you forever. Such a great, classic AND edgy piece. Beautiful.
    I did notice that you and Michelle were wearing open toed shoes and Catherine slingbacks. Today you will be wearing these clothes with closed boots for sure.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      October 11, 2016 at 10:38 AM

      Thanks so much, Greetje. Yeah, the jumper does look a little boxy on the Winser London website, but as long as you get the right size, it has a lovely shape. I’m wearing a medium; the large would have been too straight and shapeless on me.

      We struggled with the light on the day we took photos. I’m sure a sunny day would have shown off the crystals on the shoes, the texture of the cashmere, and the seam on the trousers. Hey ho, I’ll have sun another day! xx

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    Anna Parkes
    October 12, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    It’s great to hear a different point of view about wearing black. I look very washed out wearing black and therefore tend to dismiss it as useless, but on you it really works in that look at how chic I am, but don’t look at me, kind of way. My assistant at work has her Steve Jobs top which has been a real asset to her all year due to the lightness of the knit. You might just win me over with all this cool styling…
    Another lovely post Lisa, thanks x
    Anna
    http://www.annasislandstyle.com

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      Lisa
      October 13, 2016 at 9:44 AM

      Oh, thank you so much, Anna. I think the key to not looking washed out in black (I’m quite pale) is to tweak and brighten your makeup just a bit. Keep me posted if you dip your toe in the black waters, Anna! xx

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    Nora Minassian
    October 13, 2016 at 2:10 AM

    All black is always in style and I love your look here, so simple yet so chic. Love your shoes, bag and that coat is fabulous.
    Nora
    http://www.jacketsociety.com

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      Lisa
      October 13, 2016 at 9:41 AM

      Thank you so much, Nora! Glad you like it. xx

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    Suzanne
    October 13, 2016 at 5:51 AM

    Oh how I love all black, and your look here is fabulous! And those shoes, I need them in my life! Great post, happy I found you through Catherine on Not A Lamb!
    xx
    Suzanne
    http://www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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      Lisa
      October 13, 2016 at 9:41 AM

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! I love the shoes too; they’re super comfortable and only £59! xx

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    Emma Peach
    October 13, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    I love this chic and understated look. A black turtle neck sweater has been on my “to buy” list for a while now, but like you I’m particular when it comes to luxe basics…they have to be just right. Buy cheap, buy twice is my motto! I’ll pop over to the Winser website and have a look at this one. Gorgeous shoes!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      October 14, 2016 at 6:58 AM

      Thank you Emma! I did feel like Goldilocks looking for this sweater, and I was so pleased when I found it. I can’t believe how many times a week I wear it; it is just so cozy and looks so smart. xx

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    Elise
    October 14, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Nothing more classy and classic than an all black outfit. You look beautiful. Love your trench too!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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      Lisa
      October 14, 2016 at 8:36 PM

      Thank you so much, Elise! xx

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    Laurie
    October 15, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Black looks fantastic on you Lisa. I already know how good the Winser quality is. Hope to see you at the press event maybe ? I really like the trousers, the whole outfit is so chic x
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

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      Lisa
      October 16, 2016 at 10:41 AM

      Thank you so much, Laurie. I hope so! xx

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    Patti
    October 16, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Gorgeous in simple chic black, Lisa! An elegant look. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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      Lisa
      October 17, 2016 at 6:04 PM

      Thanks so much Patti! xx

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    Celia M. -HighHeeledLife.com
    October 17, 2016 at 12:34 AM

    Love the all black outfit … the shoes are to die for!!! and the touch of white detail on the coat – perfection!

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      Lisa
      October 17, 2016 at 6:05 PM

      Thank you, Celia! I’m so pleased you like it. xx

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    Dawn Lucy
    October 18, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    You look stunning in all black and your photos are wonderful, Dear! Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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      Lisa
      October 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM

      Thank you, and thank you for hosting! xx

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    dan
    October 18, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Yes, many women love black and Yamamoto’s words sound so right!
    You look great in black and the sandals add a sexy touch to your outfit…perfect!

    I don’t often wear black anymore:with my dark hair and olive tone skin, I think it doesn’t suit me well …

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      Lisa
      October 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM

      Thank you, Dan. Yes, I think he got it right with the feeling that black sometimes exudes. I bet with the right makeup tweaks you could wear black; at least it wouldn’t wash you out like it does someone as pale as I am 😀 xx

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    Jill James
    October 19, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    I too am a lover of black and totally agree that with the right makeup , especially lipstick , black can work on everyone. Your all black does suit the city so well and is perfect against those wonderful buildings. The sandals and your bit of bling are the perfect finishing touches.

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      Lisa
      October 19, 2016 at 9:42 AM

      Thank you so much Jill, that is really kind of you to say! xx

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    Mary Murnane
    October 21, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    These pictures, this outfit, this post – all so satisfying! Totally agree!

    Mary
    http://www.marymurnane.com

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      Lisa
      October 21, 2016 at 9:18 PM

      Thank you so much, Mary! xx

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    Stella Asteria
    October 23, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Hello my Lisa! You look amazing in total black outfit! I wish I could pull it off like you but I never have worn a total black outfit in my life, all-white is my go to, but I will definitely try now I saw you! You inspire me to get out of my comfort zone 🙂 I like the seam detail on your pants too, and this turtleneck sweater is the perfect fall winter wardrobe staple for me! As for your bag, don’t even get me started! 😉
    Love the photography! Especially that shot of you getting ready to fly with your umbrella is fantastic!! I can;t wait to visit London and take some shots with such luxurious and beautiful backgrounds!
    You all look really gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!
    Much Love,
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      October 24, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      Hello Stella! Thank you so much; I am SURE you would be great in an all black outfit. In your climate, I can see why all white works well though. I can’t wait for you to visit London one day! Thank you so much for your very kind comments on my blog. xx

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    Susan B.
    October 29, 2016 at 2:16 AM

    LOVE this look. And I’ve just ordered the jumper, fingers crossed it won’t be too long for me….

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      Lisa
      October 29, 2016 at 6:31 AM

      Thank you so much, Susan! I also hope it works beautifully on you xx

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    Anastasia Nicole
    October 30, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    You look amazing as always Lisa! I adore how simple, chic, and easy this look is and then you threw on the coat and it took it to the next level. Divine.

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      Lisa
      October 31, 2016 at 7:41 PM

      Thank you, my love. xx

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