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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Styling A Statement Bag: All Black

All black styling a statement bag in winterMany of us share the sentiment of loving neutral looks, but how do you feel about all-black outfits?  Personally, I adore them! Both by day and night, they look strong and yet elegant.  Lately, I've been applying this very same, unusual combination of 'strength meeting elegance' to accessories; going from ear cuffs to metal bangles and from dangerously high heels to statement bags.  Just as the spikes on my Valentino winter purchase saw my heart race, the heavy embellishment on this mini box bag has really caught my attention!
Embellished black box bag by Aldo
Fashion blogger elegant all black evening look
Satin ribbon bow and black mesh skirt.

Top - ASOS Petite Rib Body (at over 5'9, I'm not petite - just go up a size or two)

Tulle Skirt - Navy London at ASOS  

Heels - Lost Ink Cerys Court Shoes (sold out, I've linked the grey version below!)

Styling a statement bag in all black
Aldo embellished black box bag
All black elegant winter evening outfitWith both a shoulder strap and top handle, this box-style beauty has quickly become one of my faves; who can resist such intense embellishment?!  Continuing my love for all-black outfits, I opted for a tulle skirt and cut-out shoulder knitwear.  I've learnt to pretty much ignore when clothing is described as petite (in this case, ASOS Petite Exclusive Rib Body), because all it really means is go up a dress size or two.  Needless to say, this doesn't apply to trousers where length is crucial, though it works perfectly with knitwear.  Ah, by the way so sorry I can't point you in the direction of this tulle skirt by Navy London, I literally only bought it a couple of weeks ago and it's already sold out!  Not at all surprised. 
Lost Ink Cerys black stiletto heels
UK fashion blogger all black outfit styling
Close up detail shot embellished black handbag
Long and light blonde hair to hips
I hope you're all having a lovely - though no doubt chilly - week so far.  Just to quickly update you (before we all leave to curl up on our sofas in our pyjamas), there's now a shiny new 'Shop My Wardrobe' feature on my blog's homepage, making it even easier to shop the looks you see on A Glass Of Ice!

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. I love this outfit - a big black bag is something every wardrobe should have! I can't wait to look at the new Shop My Wardrobe feature, that sounds really great! You wear lovely clothes :)

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  2. Gorgeous pictures! I love your outfit, the bag looks beautiful x

    Pink Frenzy

  3. That bag is amazing!!! You have such great style xx

  4. I can't stop lusting over your bag Gabrielle. It's STUNNING. I can picture having it in my collection. Shame I am on a shopping ban.

  5. I think all black always look so classy and chic - the bag is just lush as well! You have so much style!

    Charlotte x

  6. That bag is so sweet! I adore all black looks. You can never go wrong with all black. This is a perfect look. It's so feminine and chic!

    Amber -

  7. I love your style and the bag is a must have!! x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  8. The dress looks so gorgeous on you and the purse is the icing on the cake

  9. This whole outfit is amazing. You looks stunning. The bag is so cute!

  10. Loving this dress - it's so classy and elegant :)

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  11. I love the look of that dress, it looks gorgeous. All black outfits are definitely my kind of thing.

  12. Love your Look and style

  13. I love all black outfits, but I usually pair them with a red lip for the ultimate power combo.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  14. You look amazing girl! I love your shoes x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

  15. What a beautiful bag and I really love the shoes too and how you've styled it all!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  16. You look so elegant in this outfit!!

    So in love with that skirt!


    Seize your Style

  17. I personally like all-black outfits. It allows you to experiment with textures and details a bit more. I love this look you've put together. You look so stunning and elegant!!


  18. I love the all black outfits....and your cold shoulder top is so amazingly beautiful babe and so are you...xx, Neha

  19. I love all black outfits especially when they include a statement bag like that! I love your skirt too, the shape is just perfect!
    Amy xx

  20. That embellished bag is everything! You have totally nailed it with this all black outfit. Happy weekend :)

    xoxo Eva |

  21. That is such a fun bag! I think strong and elegant is the perfect way to describe all black looks, especially this one. I love that it still makes a statement while being neutral, too. Hope you have an awesome weekend!

    Kathryn •

  22. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too.

  23. Beautiful! Love the all black outfit and you look stunning - Tasha

  24. You look amazing babes, love your layout too :) xx

  25. Love everything about this look. This bag is so beautiful. Love the key lock in the front.

  26. I think the bag is a touch too out there for me but I adore your skirt and heels, Gabrielle!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  27. I am in love with your whole look. That bag is so lust worthy. I like all black as long as it has some visual interest like your outfit does.

  28. You look absolutely stunning and you really work the all black outfit ! They look so classy and perfect for a date at a nice restaurant :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  29. You look so elegant and chic Gabrielle - really love this outfit on you! I personally love black especially how timeless it is. Your skirt is to die for too :)

  30. Oh my gosh!!! You look like a frikkin DREAM!!! Love your look, and love your blog!! <3 -

  31. That skirt is so pretty, I'm not surprised it's already sold out! And for certain clothes petite does just mean size up, although I personally won't risk it with skirts because sometimes they can be too short for me to be comfortable in them. I do wish ASOS had a way to filter your search to exclude maternity/petite/plus size though because I hate when they have exclusive styles that I really like and I can't buy them! At least you could get away with it with that top though, because it's really pretty.

  32. Beautiful! That skirt is so pretty!!

    xo, mikéla /

  33. Gorgeous look girl, I love that skirt so much and your bag of course <3 Love the new shop page as well, perfect !


  34. Black on black always look classy and beautiful to me! You look very gorgeous, and I love the details of this outfit darling!

  35. Girl that bag is absolutely stunning and I LOVE how you've styled it!! <3

    Hayley xo

  36. Amazing outfit! Love the skirt!

    Vanessa x |

  37. I love an all black outfit and the look you have pulled together here is amazing! I really like absolutely everything about it, from those killer heels, that gorgeous skirt and the amazing bag :) Just perfect x

  38. I love all back outfits too. You look fabulous in this one Gabrielle.
    The details on the shoulders of your top bring a very unique touch, so pretty. The skirt is really beautiful and omg your shoes.. I love them, I want them, absolutely gorgeous!
    I hope you have a great weekend dear :)
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

  39. I adore all black outfits. There is something about them that are is so classy and elegant. You look amazing and your bag is gorgeous.

  40. Lovely black style, I love everything especially the shoes <3
    would you like to following each other? Let me know


  41. You look like a doll, Gabrielle! I typically don't wear all black outfits but love how you put this look together. It's girly and classic and I love the mix of textures! That bag is also to die for!


  42. Love this look, lovely!!! Black looks absolutely good on you!! x

  43. That skirt is gorgeous, no wonder it's already sold out! I love the ribbon detail!
    I don't wear all-black outfits too often because I feel that with my dark hair it can be a bit too much, but you certainly look amazing!

  44. Fabulous outfit!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  45. I adore the way you've pulled everything together here! Each piece compliments the next and I'm obsessed by your skirt, I do love a ribbon! The bag completes the look perfectly - such a great choice!

    Musings & More

  46. This is such a beautiful outfit! I love the skirt and the bag is so glamorous and cool!

  47. I looove this, such a shame that the skirt is sold out I would have loved to snap that one up!! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  48. The lovely locket does stand out! Great pick, babe! xoxo

  49. Such a timeless styling! In my opinions all black outfits are always very elegant and chic. They allow us to play with textures....With all the black stylings, everything comes down to details. Accessories become everything.

    You have certainly created a very feminine and ladylike look. I absolutely love that skirt! Gorgeous heels and bag as well. You look enchanting in this romantic outfit!!!!

  50. Your tulle skirt is absolutely gorgeous! I love the ribbon belt. It's a shame it's sold out already. I prefer light colours to black generally, but once in a while I'll find myself wearing an all black outfit, which I'll balance with a colourful bag or silver jewellery. Black is always a good choice though, classy and timeless!

    Julia x
    Last post: OOTD - Cable Knit |

  51. What a gorgeous outfit!! I love the bag! these are really nice pictures too, you look gorgeous!

    Darriyan xo

  52. Such a cool bag, it really is unique and you have styled it beautifully, Gabrielle

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  53. I love all black outfits too! That bag is gorgeous!

  54. I love this black on black outfit Gabrielle you look so incredibly stylish in your beautiful little black dress, heels, and your unique and funky embellished bag really finishes off the entire outfit so nicely.

    The fit of this dress really is ever so beautiful and love the way it flares out and nips in at your waist.

    These photographs are gorgeous, and love the way the outfit draws emphasis to your beautiful golden hair too.

    Great post and as always you look so chic!

    Laura xo

  55. This is absolutely gorgeous - what camera do you use?? Loving the whole outfit, it's absolutely stunning and you always look so elegant and beautiful! :) The bag is just to die for - I love it!

    Hope you're having a lovely week hun!

    Layla xx

  56. You look amazing! I love your skirt and those heels look killer on you! :) xx

  57. Wooow, this bag is lovely with the rhinestones details !
    I have a big crush on everything with rhinestones.
    Love your black look, so chic !

  58. When wearing black, it is so important to add texture. You've accomplished that with this outfit Gabrielle. I love that bag and your heels.

  59. Truly love the details of the bag and skirt.
    No wonder it sold out so fast :)
    You look so gorgeous in this outfit! xxx

  60. Adoro quella borsa e quelle scarpe...molto femminili!

  61. All black look is somethin that am always fond of you look great dear. :)

  62. this is such an amazing look!!

  63. This is such a stunning look! Black suits you so well. And I love all the different textures in this outfit.
    Christina ♥

  64. I recognise the place from your Insta stories! Beautiful photography Gabrielle.
    While I've sworn to never wear an all black outfit, it looks beautiful on you with your natural blonde hair and perfect skin.
    Have a great start into the new week darling!
    Love from

  65. I'm loving the detailed gem bag and the entire look! xxo


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