Black is back

Published: 13 March, 2020 07:00 IST | Karishma Kuenzang | Mumbai

As the little black dress is replaced by the sassy formal look, here are the hacks to keep up with the style

Old-school class

Ideal for meetings, this is a morning-to-evening option, especially in black. Go for a sleek look.

  • Opt for a pair of pants that are not too long; that would look messy. A full-sleeved short jacket is a must to complete the look.
  • Choose a shirt in a contrasting colour to be worn inside.
  • Add on the bow, post work. You can even go for a blingy one.
  • Wear strappy heels and a neat hairdo

Weight off your shoulders


This shiny number is ideal for red carpet events and parties where you want to stand out. The off-shoulder makes it edgy, as do the bows at the trouser's ends. Avoid wearing it to work meetings.

  • Pick high-waist pants if you're going with a crop top, which works best. These could be loose and slightly tapering, though a straight cut also works.
  • Avoid the total off-shoulder look as that takes away from the style.
  • Go OTT with your accessories — blingy and chunky.
  • Pair this with heels or sneakers.

Sweet and sombre


If you want to play it safe, this full-sleeved simple top and pant/jean is the versatile outfit that you need.

  • Make sure the top has some detailing, like what Parineeti has gone with. The top gives the illusion of a wrap-around, and has a deep V-neck, a subtle way to add oomph to the look.
  • Pick solid pants or jeans that are tapering, but not clingy.
  • Pair this with cute pointed shoes that could be dual-toned but not pop.
  • Accessorise minimally. A thin choker looks great.

Get your sparkle on


A shimmery number works for night outs though for this look, you also need to make sure that you aren't hanging out at a shady club. The bra/bikini look may not be suitable for all occasions.

  • Avoid flared or tapering pants as that will look awkward and casual.
  • Stay away from anything too fitted, as that will ruin the cool vibe.
  • Don't experiment with too many colours when it comes to what you're wearing inside, as well as your shoes. Pick silver or black heels.
  • Keep your make-up to a minimum, except your eyes, which could do with a dab of sparkle.

Layered effect


Deepika Padukone's outfit looks and feels comfortable, while the layered hoodie gives it a badass touch.

  • Pick a pair of solid black stockings or tights, though figure-hugging pants work as well.
  • Make sure your blazer or jacket is not well-fitted, though tapering sleeves
  • will help. Don't choose an outfit that has too many buttons.
  • Pair this with pointed heels or boots in black.
  • Use a black, solid scarf as a semi-head scarf. Tuck it into the blazer so that it stays in place.

With inputs from stylist Isheeta Mathur

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