DARE OF THE WEEK: Black out

After a few seasons of ‘brights’, ‘colour blocking’, and seemingly eons of neons, I’m calling it. I wanna  bring back black.

It’s chic, classic, oh so stylish, and I just love it.

Nothing makes me feel more sorted and sharp than an all-black ensemble – even if it’s covered in baby dribble. And nothing camouflages bumps, lumps and Vegemite stains better than black.

 

Yet I get the feeling it’s sometimes looked down upon to wear all black.

You look like you’re in mourning,” says my outspoken aunt.

It’s a downer,” says my perpetually sunny buddy.

It makes one’s complexion sallow,” says someone with a very posh turn of phrase that I clearly don’t hang out with in real life.

 

And so, to this week’s Dare: Wear a predominantly black outfit every day, for a week.

Think you can wear outfits that are mostly black without looking like a sallow downer in mourning?

Or does the idea scare the pastel coloured pants off you?

However you feel, now’s the time to explore your dark side…


The rules:

  • Each day your ensemble must be mostly black.
  • You can add splashes of colour, but try to keep these to less than 10% of your entire outfit.
  • Join in whenever you like, but to fully complete the Dare you need to do it for 7 days straight – and tell us all about it as you go.

 

7 reasons to try a total black out:

1. Black is instantly slimming, so it’s a quick visual remedy for any extra kgs you may be carrying. Instant confidence boost!

2. It’s an opportunity for you to channel your inner Kate, Jackie, Audrey et al (see the Fox in Flats Pinterest page for style icon black-spiration)

3. It’ll force you to be more creative with the items in your wardrobe – to really look at what you’ve got and think about how you can combine your black items together.

4. You’ll feel super chic.

5. It’s a great chance to experiment with using different textures, patterns and fabrics in the same hue.

6. We’ve already compiled a bunch of easy tips so you can wear all-black without looking like a mama in mourning.

7. We’ll call you “chicken” if you don’t join in. “Burk, Burk, Burk!

 

Tips & ideas:

 

Check out our Black Out file on Pinterest. It’s full of easy outfit ideas and inspiration.

Try teaming your LBD with ballet flats, sandals or brogues for a cute day-time look.

Some fab playground inspiration here.

If you’ve got a long black maxi dress, try styling it up like Angelina Jolie – easy tips here.

Or for a bunch of different ways to wear any dress, check out the 39 ways Fox in Flats readers rock their frocks, here.

And, we’ve got 8 ways to wear black without looking like a mama in mourning – so you won’t need to worry about anyone asking you ‘who died’ throughout the week…

 

What’s a Dare without proof that you’ve done it?

We wanna see your week of black outfits – it’s all part of the fun!

So upload your photos in the Comments section below, or share them on Facebook or Twitter, using #blackout. If you have an iPhone, try the Instagram app for a quick way to share your shots – you can edit then post them straight away, and it’s free!

If you’re technologically challenged or simply too shy to showcase your looks, why not just TELL us what you’ve worn each day of your dare?

We’ll showcase our favourite reader photos and styling tips on site over the next month or so.

Extra points if you manage to combine the black out Dare with the black eyeliner Dare

So… are you in? Or are you ‘Chicken’?

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 Missed out on the fabulous style Dares we’ve run in the past? It’s not too late to try them. Click here, browse away and select a challenge that’ll take you out of your style comfort zone. Five bucks says you’ll be happy you did!

x Andrea

 

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Comments

  • http://www.singularinsanity.com/ Dorothy @ Singular Insanity

    I think I may own one black item.  Strange, since I’m a Melbourne girl :)

    • Anonymous

      Well Dorothy, you’ve got your work cut out for you this week! ;) 

  • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog/ Miss T

    Foxes! I need help! I am searching for a pair of black (faux) leather leggings. Think Victoria Beckham. Does anyone know where to get them? 

    Unless I find some, I have no black pants, so I’m out :P

    • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog/ Miss T

      PS: I agree, leggings are not pants. I want them to wear with some short dresses I own which my legs are too long to wear without something under. 

      • Anonymous

        I bought a pair with leather features last winter from Witchery, and they’ve just got similar ones in. I wear them with a longline black top, falling to mid thight. Love these: 
        http://www.witchery.com.au/pants/ponte-panel-legging/w1/i6546081_1001234/

        • Anonymous

          Just alert – dry cleaning $ is a bitch…

          • http://tamsinhowse.com/blog/ Miss T

            Cheers for the heads up! I didn’t consider that… 

    • Tania

      I think Zara have some too ;)

  • E.

    Just read this and glad to be on board already. This isn’t too much of a dare for someone who has nothing but black in her wardrobe. But I just learned to try colours so it’s nice to go back to black again. Today, I wear a black Givency t-shirt, Salt and pepper Bossini jeans. Black ballet flats from Missy. and my favourite grey and white striped scarf from H&M. To top it all…so much kohl i could pass off as a raccoon. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh your outfit sounds gorgeous! I’m a super keen fan of black too, but been doing my best to experiment with colour. This week, I’m going guilt-free black…! x

      • E.

        Fine I cheated a couple of times. But I love my attire today. It’s a black and white striped Bossini tshirt (thicker black, thinner whites), slim fit H&M jeans and black suede pumps from Spring. That with my black leather doctor bag and smoky eyes, chocolate lips, a high bun and a fringe. Feeling pretty chic here :)

  • http://magnetoboldtoo.com/ Kelley @magnetoboldtoo

    I have done this dare every day for the last 10 years.

    Always black (except for jeans) or grey, colour pop from my nails and shoes.

    • Tania

      Amen sister! :)  I’ve always had some red clothes and the obligatory white shirts in my wardrobe and now (thanks to a few people hounding me for wearing too much black) I have some electric blue, khaki, and orange (!!) :) but I adore black, feel much more comfortable and chic in it and it’s a ‘no brainer’ for me when getting dressed – don’t need to think about it – if I want colour I wear one of my fabbo red lipsticks.

  • http://kimbalikes.com Kim-Marie Williams

    Dear gods, woman!  What are you trying to do to me?!  I actively try to not wear black.  I just dashed up and surveyed my wardrobe and I think I’ll be able to pull it off.  Just.  Especially if grey and charcoal count towards my black total?!

    Today I’m wearing orange and black Camper sandals, orange Country Road skinny pants, black silk Sarah-Jane embroidered blouse.  This is very unusual for me!  No black eyeliner even –  I’ve tightlined my eyes in NARS purple today.  I don’t even have black mascara on today – I’m wearing an Almay one in Raisin Quartz to make my eyes look greener.

    10% non-black is going to be tricky.  Methinks I’ll be heading off to the DJs hosiery department quicksticks!

    • Anonymous

      I thought of you when I concocted this one ;) 
      Good Luck! 
      Bwa ha ha ha!!!

  • AJ

    Ohhh, I’m in!! Just been for a run – in my black pants and black top so am on my way – looking forward to doing this dare!

    • Anonymous

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see what you come up with x

  • http://www.sandragale.blogspot.com/ Sandra Gale

    I’m in! This is my first go at one of your dares. And it will be a challenge – I am a definite colour girl, so it will be interesting to see if people notice that I’m not wearing colour

    • Anonymous

      Hi Sandra! 
      It’s funny how getting out of your comfort zone makes such a difference to how you feel, and how people react to the change. I felt the same trepidation when we did the ‘colour dare’ a few months ago… x

  • http://www.tinysavages.com Mrs. Savage

    I usually wear plenty of black after ten years of Melbourne CBD commutes but ironically I wore a seriously bright skirt today – definitely up for this challenge however so I’ve paired it back with black :)

    • Anonymous

      Good skills Mrs Savage. Loved your pic today on Twitter. I’m sooo angling for those sandals! x

  • Tania

    I’m in all black today :)

    • Anonymous

      yay Tania! Up for sharing a pic? x

  • http://www.blog.katypotaty.com/ Katy Potaty

    Oooooh, great dare – I won’t be able to do it this week, but can’t wait to try it next week! Also, check out Suburban Stylista’s take on all-black@s_gale:disqus 
    http://www.suburbanstylista.com/style-stuff/paint-it-black/

    • http://www.sandragale.blogspot.com/ Sandra Gale

      Thanks for the tip Katy, I am definitely missing my giant “POC” (pops of colour) although I have been taking full advantage of the 10% with scarves and jewellery! I have had lots of compliments this week though, so maybe the challenge is making me try a little harder than normal. Hopefully you’ll share your pics on instagram – I can’t wait to see how you interpret the blackout next week!

  • http://www.sandragale.blogspot.com/ Sandra Gale

    Whoo hoo! I did my first style dare I put the results on my blog, but this was my most complimented outfit. Thanks for the challenge x

    • Anonymous

      Champion effort. Loved the blog too – awesome! X

  • http://www.facebook.com/GoddessMel1974 Melanie Lindner

    I’m not sure this a challenge for everyone, especially Melburnites ;)

    • FoxInFlats

      Yes I think you’re right Melanie!

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