Well, you heard it from fashion’s highest authority. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, has been sharing tips, tricks, and her oh-so-sought-after opinions in the Vogue YouTube series “Go Ask Anna”.
So… what’s the one outfit to avoid at all costs? Turns out, it’s a simple all-black ensemble. On being asked how to jazz up an all-black look, Anna replied, “Just don’t wear all black… It seems too gloomy, as if one’s going to a funeral.” It’s hard to disagree on that final point. But what about the elegance, simplicity and timelessness of a monochrome look? Is there a way to make this passable in the eyes of the venerable Wintour? Luckily, yes. For those inclined to stick to their comforting black garments, she advised, “I would definitely think about adding some colour, or a favourite piece of jewellery, or maybe white boots? Just something that’s a little bit unexpected.”
That certainly seems like advice worth following – this is, after all, the woman who’s helmed the world’s biggest fashion magazine for over 30 years. It’s also a rule she herself abides by. So before you go ditching all your black staples, maybe dust off a few brighter accessories, and for a truly Anna-approved look.
Ms. Wintour wasn’t shy about sharing other fashion opinions, either. She continued to heap praise on Meghan Markle (noting her stunning pregnancy style), called out the fashion prowess of the Hadid sisters, and shared the three essentials she never leaves the house without (her phone, shades, and Starbucks).
As for other fashion ‘do’s and don’t’s,’ on the ‘don’t’ list was wearing jeans to the White House, Buckingham Palace (thanks, because we weren’t sure what to wear on our next visit?!) or when meeting one’s future in-laws for the first time (ok, fair advice), and to be “very, very careful when mixing patterns.” In fact, she added that one usually needs to be “very confident” as well as “very tall” to pull off such a trend.
It’s both intriguing and refreshing to see Wintour, a famously frosty and distant figure, dispelling fashion myths and dispensing sage style advice to the average passer-by on the street. We’ll be ready to note further style tips from the next episode – in our black jumpsuit and bright pink earrings, of course.