Black is the new black!

Do you remember when brown was the new black? Or was it grey? Or a berry shade? The list goes on. But they are all imposters when it comes down to it, and this autumn winter, black is the new black.

Black is very much back – perfect for winter, everyone’s favourite colour!  But don’t just throw on any old black – think about how to wear it, how to get the most out of it, and how to layer it. We’re talking full on black, from head to toe – from dress, to coat, to shoes and bag; if black is the new black, then it’s only right you do it properly!

The best place to start with black is not the shade, but the texture. Mix textures. Wear black leather with wool, look for fabrics with jacquard prints, raised textures in them, and mix them up for a rich, black look.

black is new black texturedWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Leather trousers, £99.99, H&M, black jacquard print funnel neck coat, £120, Rocha.John Rocha @ Debenhams, black sequinned sweater, £50, Jonathan Saunders Edition @ Debenhams, black flock rose midi skirt, £17.99, New Look, rose detail dress, £45, Betty Jackson Black @ Debenhams

An LBD is an essential in every woman’s wardrobe, but this season, think about the texture -chiffon, lace, printed fabrics – and don’t accessorise with colour. Wear black jewels, black shoes, black coat, and a black bag for the full black is the new black look!

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): mid dress, £19.99, high waisted coat skinny jeans, £22.99, both New Look, black London Road dress, £49.99, Superdry, black gold heeled croc strap sandal, £29.99, New Look

If you have to add anything else to your black colour palette, make it gold or silver – a little metallic accent here and there gives black another edge.

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Black lace dress, £45, Wallis @ BHS, black coat, £69.99, black chiffon dress, £9.99, both H&M, black enamel bow skinny belt, £3.99, New Look, black boots £75, Schuh

If black really scares you, drop down a shade to a charcoal, but mix it up with deepest black. A black skirt, black sweater, black boots, and a black jacket is a serious outfit. Keep it form looking too funereal with detailing – a peplum hem on the sweater, a full skirt, with a pattern in the fabric, faux fur on the coat.

black is new black casualWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Black skinny jeans, £44.99, Superdry, black full midi skirt, £50, Jonathan Saunders Edition @ Debenhams, black top, £6.99, H&M, charcoal peplum sweter, £47.50, White Stuff, fur detail jacket, £65, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams

Keep black fun with a playsuit, tanned legs and a pair of heels. Rich black velvet is a great winter fabric – mix it up with a smart black peacoat over a black taoilred suit, and carry a big black bag to finish off any black outfit!

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Black peacoat, £114.99, Superdry, black velvet scarf, £29.99, H&M, black skirt, £12.99, New Look, black shopper, £28, BHS, black Navajo playsuit, £39.99, Superdry

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Black Summer Fashion – Glamour Woman of the Decade Victoria Beckham can’t be wrong

Victoria Beckham kept it simple and stylish when she picked up her Glamour Woman of the Year award for being Woman of the Decade in a beautiful black corset top and trouser combo from Maison Martin Margiela

We’re not sure what she’s done to achieve Woman of the Decade, but she’s certainly got some style. And she outshone most of the others on the Glamour red carpet.

Black is simple, elegant, and summery! There are no fashion rules that say you can’t wear black in the summer. It can look super sexy, with a bit of a tan and a slick of red lipstick. The key to wearing black well in the summer months is to keep it simple, don’t over-accessorize, mix up your textures and fabrics.

Wear a simple black dress in silk, or mixed fabric, with a clutch and heels for elegant style.Black Summer Fashion OneWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Playsuit, £12.99, H&M, silk dress, £45 (was £125), Crew Clothing, black sandals, £24.99, New Look, black mixed fabric dress, £70, Principles by Ben de Lisi @ Debenhams, lack fringed clutch, £9.99, H&M

A bang on trend black biker jacket will see you through to Autumn, and a black maxi dress will always look stylish.

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WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from left): Black maxi dress, £19.99, black biker jacket, £29.99, both H&M, black shimmer flip-flops, £10, Gap, lace shoulder dress, £90, Edition by Mario Schwab @ Debenhams, leather-look trim skirt, £14.99, New Look

Leather is great in black, and jacquard prints lift the shade. A simple skater dress works beautifully in summer.

BLAck Summer Fashion Four WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Trousers, £12, BHS, skater dress, £9.99, jacquard print trousers, £22.99, both New Look, leather skirt, £150, Edition by Preen @ Debenhams, leather cross-body bag, £69, Rocha.John Rocha @ Debenhams

Make a statement in a little back dress, and black lace for a vintage feel.

Black Summer Fashion TwoWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left) Cut out dress, £12.99, H&M, jewel detail dress, £30,  lace top, £25, both Dorothy Perkins @ BHS, black shorts, £12.99, black bag, £9.99, both H&M