As the old adage goes, “When in doubt, wear black.” While new colors may be hailed as the “new black” year after year, black will always be classic, chic, and in style. However, understandably, black can get a bit boring after a while. The trick is finding statement pieces that will stand out and bring interest to your outfit. Check out some of my tips for creating anything-but-basic, all black outfits!
Play With Proportion
Pairing an oversized sweater with tailored trousers and slip on loafers creates an effortless yet chic all black look that is anything but boring.
Mixing fabrics like leather and knits will help separate your top and bottom so your outfit doesn’t bleed into one.
Knit, patchwork, fishnet, faux fur, and lace: these textures and more will help an all black outfit stand out from the rest!
Show Some Skin
Showing a bit of skin, even with just cropped bottoms or short sleeves, will help balance an all black outfit.
It’s All in the Details
Adding a pop of color using accessories, like this brightly colored statement bag, will catch the eyes of your peers and keep you from losing yourself in all black.
Hooray! New year means new clothes, right? Now that it’s finally cold enough, I’ve been coveting sweater dresses like crazy. That’s because a sweater dress = the perfect winter outfit. Check out our newest sweater dresses and how we’re styling them this winter.
There’s no better winter outfit than a sweater dress paired with knee high boots. It takes zero effort but emits 100% style. Above: Mock Neck Sweater Dress by Sadie and Sage ($28).
Front Pocket Sweater Dress by Knot Sisters ($42.50). I’ll be wearing this over thick leggings with my ankle boots and mini Coach bag.
I know, I know—New Year’s resolutions are cliché, never stick, and you’re back to your old habits within just a couple months, right? Let’s let go of the pressure to change ourselves and focus on small improvements instead! Change up an old routine or make a pledge to accomplish goals that inspire you, not ones that change who you are. Let’s start with five doable fashion resolutions that will help 2017 be your most comfortable and stylish year yet!
Quality over quantity! Clean out pieces that are no longer your style, and invest in pieces that you will wear often and that will stand the test of time.
2. Be Daring
If you like it, wear it! Fashion should be about fun, not conformity. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions—the only one that matters is your own!
3. Reuse More
If thrift stores and recycled fashion aren’t for you, there are still ways to reuse older clothing items. Have a clothing swap with friends or find a way to DIY an old item into something new. Try pairing things you never thought would work before to create something fresh.
4. Stay Inspired
Take the time to notice colors, patterns, and shapes around you, whether they’re from what someone is wearing, in nature, or in art. Inspiration comes from everywhere. Take a moment to take a photo, jot down an idea or simply press the ‘like’ button on Instagram or Pinterest for later motivation.
5. Be YOU
If you don’t like a trend, don’t give it a second thought. You will always feel your most comfortable and confident when you are being 100% true to yourself and your style. When you feel good, you look good!
When it comes to winter, the question on every fashionista’s mind is: fashion or function? We don’t know about you, but we’re going to invest in a shearling coat that has both.
Throw on your shearling trims and aviators, because we’re going all out this winter with our favorite bloggers to inspire us:
As demonstrated by Fake Leather, a shearling trim jacket can be styled with anything and still be fashion forward—a dress included! If you’re looking to stay a bit warmer, add on a pair of nude or black tights.
Is it 65 degrees outside but you still want an excuse to wear your new shearling coat? Fake it ‘til you make it! Wear a minidress under your shearling, bundle up in a scarf and beanie, pull on some over-the-knee suede boots and achieve that “it’s kinda winter” look.
The great thing about shearling coats is that there are so many versatile styles to choose from. A black coat with tan cuffs looks great with a striped top or graphic tee. Slip on a miniskirt with tights and you have the perfect winter outfit!
There’s something so aesthetically pleasing about the way long layers look underneath a shearling coat. Add dimension to your outfit by styling oversized knit sweaters with your coat.
Karen Smith once said “In winter, we wear black.” Or she would have said it if Mean Girls was filmed in 2016, we’re pretty sure. Recreate this minimalistic look by wearing a black shearling coat and layering it with all black essentials.
A classic camel-colored shearling coat is a timeless piece that you’ll be glad you invested in. Pull off this easy look by wearing your coat over an ivory sweater and a simple pair of black jeans and accenting your outfit with a colorful clutch.
There are a handful of celebrities whose street style I always pay close attention to and save for inspiration. They set trends while staying true to their personal style. The 5 ladies below have been my personal style inspirations in 2016, and I can’t wait to see what they wear in 2017!
This was the year that Selena seemed to blossom by taking risks and setting her own style standards.
The fashion “It” girl of the year, Kendall is fashionable whether walking the runway in couture or down the street in a tee and jeans. Her simple style is effortless, on trend and enviable.
Zoe has rock star genes, so it’s no wonder that she’s become a modern day style icon. Never one to play it safe, Zoe uses fashion to express herself, whether on trend or not. See more of her great style here.
From star of the reality show The City to a style inspiration, Olivia has genuine fun with fashion and trends.
Always looking pulled together and chic, Rosie has the perfect street style that inspires my everyday wardrobe.
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