Black Milk

Black Milk

Not something to drink, but an online Australian fashion house that specialises in clothes made from stretchy nylon material with amazing designs.

If you want mermaid leggings printed with shimmering green scales, a Batman swim suit (complete with cape) or a full length dress that looks like Monet’s waterlilies, this is the place to try. Fans of some of the more popular fantasy franchises, including Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, can also find plenty of interest here.

Daughter #2 is hooked on the brand, and days when one of their their trademark black shiny envelopes drop into the mailbox are red letter days indeed.

What I like most of all is their inside out dresses, made from fabric which is somehow printed with a contrasting design on the other side. They are a miracle of construction, and a positive showstopper if you decide to return from the Ladies in what looks like a completely different outfit halfway through the night.

Not to mention, obviously, that you get 2 for the space of 1 when packing light for a trip.

Pictured above – Tartan v Koi and Amethyst v Aurora…

Inside-Out T shirts

t-1 t-2 t-4

Two for the price of one, not to mention the fact that you can take only 1 item on a short trip and quick-change into something ‘different’ whilst keeping plenty of space in your bag for shopping.

I wish more clothing firms did this sort of thing… there are the odd examples from travel specialists like Patagonia, from whom I bought the T shirt in 2 shades of blue.

The silky one is another story. I found the fabric in Hanoi, and brought some home to show the local ‘lady with a sewing machine’ who does alterations and repairs.  She was not impressed. I had to go back numerous times over the space of 3 months before she could be persuaded to give it a try, but in the end I was pretty pleased.

Shame I won’t be getting another one in a different set of colours – apparently it was incredibly difficult to sew without contrasting hems, and she told me very firmly there was no way she was making any more. Never mind, there’s a lot of life in this one.