When it comes to fashion, I don’t take many risks. Comfort and practicality are my main concern. But I have a friend, Jose Alvarez (a street fashion photographer based in Paris, London, Hong Kong and Melbourne), whose unique style I admire.
As someone who isn’t bothered about the most expensive brands and clothes with big logos or designs, I feel that experimenting with black clothing is a good start to discovering my own style. So, I asked Jose to share his "Rules when Wearing Black" with us.
The photos in this article are from Jose Alvarez' collection. He roams the streets and photographs random people whom he believes have a distinctive sense of style.
IT IS NOT JUST BLACK
When wearing black from head to toe, experiment with textures, layers, & shapes. The last thing you want is to be mistaken as one of the waiters at a dinner date!
WEAR IT WITH A SMILE
Wearing black can give the impression of being intimidating and standoffish. Wear black with confidence, but not with arrogance. Also, wear your best smile unless you are going to a funeral.
BLACK BEST FRIENDS
If you can’t pull off the head-to-toe black look, try to mix black with more neutral shades, like grey, khaki or oxblood.
Remember that in summer time, dark/black clothing attracts extra heat, so you’ve got to be committed. Think about sweat patches! If you want to wear black, opt for a black tank top or thin T-shirt to avoid overheating.
FASHION SAYS ME TOO, STYLE SAYS ONLY ME
Style your black look with minimal silver accessories. Little details make the difference. Try accessorizing with a silver bracelet, rings or a watch.
I leave you with the best quote about wearing black by my favorite Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto:
“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".”
I would like to thank Jose for his time and effort on this! For more on Jose or for style inspiration, you can check out his website and Instagram here: