Every time someone asks me what my favourite colour is, I say black. Black is magical.

Daniel Ashwin Pillai fashion the obsession

Story by Daniel Ashwin Pillai

Sure it’s slimming and makes me look fabulous – but more so, in my eyes, black is season-less and always on trend, and an essential part of every wardrobe. It can seriously glam up an outfit or help create a more neutral and subdued look. Who doesn’t love its versatility?

My love affair with black first started when I gained weight. Yes, even I resorted to wearing black because it created an illusion and made me appear slimmer. Then, once reality kicked my ass and I realized that illusions or no illusions, I was who I was, I embraced black as part of my own personal style. And I suppose there lies the secret to any colour that one grows to love…when you love something, you embrace and it becomes a part of your life. And when it comes to fashion, it becomes a part of your style mantra.

 

Men and women can both benefit from a wardrobe update every now and then. Here are my Top 5 Black Wardrobe Essentials for men – but honestly they’ll work for women too!

The Black Blazer
The Black Blazer

Everyone should own one. A black blazer with jeans allows for a chic and casual look that can be worn in a formal setting as well. I always have my black blazer on standby when all else fails. It’s my version of the Little Black Dress.

 

The Black Leather/Suede Shoe
The Black Leather/Suede Shoe

When there are no other options in sight, black shoes come to the rescue. I always make sure I have black dress shoes because it gives a very refined, formal look when wearing a suit, and can dress up a pair of jeans too.

 

The Messenger Bag
The Messenger Bag

I carry this messenger bag by Rudsak with me all the time. While I see people strutting their stuff in bags of all colours, I think, those bags never last more than one season. Not only is a black leather bag durable, but they are season-less – you can wear it all year long.

 

The Black Dopp Kit (Toiletry Bag)
The Black Dopp Kit (Toiletry Bag)

I never leave home without my Dopp kit. It carries all my essentials when I am out shooting or doing interviews, but having it in a black Dopp kit helps add that touch of glam that I love having in my day-to-day activities. Silly, I know, but this is the the lady in me speaking right now.

 

The Black Coat
The Black Coat

ALWAYS HAVE ONE! Just like those colored handbags I was referring to earlier….those come and go, but a black coat always remains classic.

 

The ultimate outfit: Dressed in black, head to toe.
The ultimate outfit: Dressed in black, head to toe.