• Fashion

Basic Black

When it comes to fashion I don’t have the time, or money, to constantly be shopping for this season’s must have items; that is why I believe that styling is key to switching up your look.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

This plain black midi dress is a perfect example of a basic item that can accessorised for any style.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

Though usually I like to go for a rock inspired look, I have worn this dress to work, a smart casual event, with a long sleeved top underneath in winter, at a summer BBQ with sandals, on a couple of nights out and with trainers to cycle around the park.


I have enjoyed styling from a young age, spending hours cutting out pictures from catalogues and sticking them together to create outfits and choosing items for my friends, first from a fancy dress box, and later for nights out.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

I truly found my passion when working in retail, I loved spending time with customers and showing them how pieces could be worn in various ways instead of just for the one occasion.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

Now, I know you probably have images of everyone leaving the store looking like an extra from a bad rock video, however, I actually really enjoyed picking out items that the individual felt confident and comfortable in; I think that clothes should make the wearer feel good despite your own personal preference.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

After doing my bit dressing the men, women and children of Dundee and Edinburgh I moved onto visual merchandising and window dressing which took my creative aspirations to the next level by creating 3D images, outfit blocks, coordinating unexpected colour palettes and interesting outfits which people could take inspiration from.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

Moving to London I have drastically downsized my wardrobe and also stopped using my styling skills professionally, however, I still love to play with varying looks and styles with my own clothing.

I have also had to make adjustments; instead of buying lots of ‘fashion’ pieces I now go for basic items from places such as Monki, Weekday, Topshop, Cheap Monday and H&M teaming them with the occasional standout item from places like vintage shops, Gypsy Warrior, Dolls Kill, Killstar, Dropdead or with bold accessories and makeup.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

To begin with I thought having so few items to choose from was going to be awful, but actually it has been really refreshing and has made me much more considered when putting together an outfit.

Styling Basic Black Emma Inks Blog

I am afraid all of these items are old but are mainly high street – Dress – Monki, Bandana – Vintage, Necklace – New Look, Bag – Topshop, Shoes – H&M, Tights  -Henry Holland.

Street Art Emma Inks Blog

As I mentioned in my #lumiastreetart post I want to start learning more about street art, so I thought a good way of doing this was by featuring a piece in my monthly outfit posts. I have done this a few time before but really want to make it a permanent feature.

This geometric wall is by Bozekone and is located along Regents canal at Bromley by Bow.

What’s your style? Is your wardrobe brimming with items or do you prefer to spend your money on other things?



  1. adales8 says:

    I love your tights! x

    1. Emma says:

      Thank you I have had them about 3 years but Henry Holland ones seem to last a really long time

  2. Josie says:

    When I had loads of clothes I always felt like I had nothing to wear but since I downsized it’s much easier to choose an outfit! It kind of forces you to be more creative (not that I am, I’m a really boring dresser!) You look great, I think the bandana looks awesome! x

    Josie’s Journal

    1. Emma says:

      You are absolutely not a boring dresser I love you style. I think that having a small selection of things that you love really makes me feel more confident in my clothing. I am glad you like the bandana I know they are a bit 80’s but I can’t get enough of them.

  3. themayfairy says:

    The necklace and the stockings are epic!

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