Stray over into the dark side

Be a Gothic girl if you dare: Black embellished cape, �75, blouse, �40, and black leggings, �18, Wallis (0844 984 0266 / www.wallis.co.uk)
Be a Gothic girl if you dare: Black embellished cape, �75, blouse, �40, and black leggings, �18, Wallis (0844 984 0266 / www.wallis.co.uk)
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Black magic - and how to get away with it

Fashion’s favourite colour isn’t always uber-flattering.

Swirl: Wings maxi dress, �299, Hobbs Unlimited (0845 313 3130 / www.hobbs.co.uk)

Swirl: Wings maxi dress, �299, Hobbs Unlimited (0845 313 3130 / www.hobbs.co.uk)

Colour Me Beautiful’s Veronique Henderson reveals how to wear it without looking frightful:

The appearance of black looks softer when you use a textured fabric, like knits, wool or cotton.

Sheer fabrics such as silk or satin ‘lighten’ black so it sparkles and reflects the light.

Steer clear of high-necks. To wear black successfully, leave enough flesh on show with a lower or open neckline.

Lace lead: Lace dress, �65, necklace, �19.50, waist belt, �18, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

Lace lead: Lace dress, �65, necklace, �19.50, waist belt, �18, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

Wearing jewellery is a sure-fire way to make a black outfit flattering - the light reflects on metals and beads, giving it a lift and bringing out your natural colouring.

Avoid the temptation to be over-dramatic with your eyeliner and eyeshadow colours.

Paris: Catwalk model in the Stefano Pilati show, part of the Yves Saint Laurent Autumn/Winter 2012 collection

Paris: Catwalk model in the Stefano Pilati show, part of the Yves Saint Laurent Autumn/Winter 2012 collection