Rocking a monochromatic black ensemble is chic, sexy, and always fashionable. But to push that all-black-everything look over the edge, there are a few key style elements to play with: texture, proportions, layers, and accessories. Let me explain...
When wearing all one color - black especially - it's vital to incorporate a variety of textures into your ensemble. This allows the eye to see each individual piece clearly, thus eliminating the "blob" illusion. In short: you'll look leaner and chicer, and your clothing will appear more expensive. Here I've got leather, silk, cotton, and ponte all in one look.
Match your footwear to the rest of your one-color outfit to create the illusion of length. For us short girls, this trick is everything!
Don't be afraid to add a splash of a different shade for variety's sake. I love the way this sweater opens in the back and includes a built-in layer. Use your layers wisely and you'll pull off a dramatic effect. It's all about thoughtful proportions baby!
Up your jewelry game by adding a leather band into the mix. The result? A boost of instant edge. Silver spikes only intensify your cool factor.
This metallic Marc Jacobs watch makes yet another appearance on my blog. It's now my most worn timepiece and who can blame me? Its modern design and sleek face look fabulous with absolutely anything!
Dark pearls for a subtly seductive take on a classic.
Photos by Dan Harper
[layered sweater: Ann Taylor, leggings: Ann Taylor, booties: Nordstrom, necklace: Ann Taylor, watch: Marc Jacobs, earrings: fine jewelry, leather bracelet: Michael Dawkins, silver spike bracelet: Stella & Dot, bangle: Alex & Ani]
Black represents power, sophistication, and timelessness. It's always on-point and always versatile. Lately - maybe this comes with age - I've been gravitating towards it more and more. Black has got my back during hectic mornings and episodes of weight gain (can anyone say, after-holiday-pounds)? When it comes to dressing, black wins. Always.
My dad and I took these photos two days ago before we got a load of snow yesterday. Just when the bitter cold seems to be melting away, we get another dose of chill. My dad refers to it as "snow way out"...haha, get it? But no one will get hit harder this week than the East Coast - to my friends in New York especially, stay bundled!