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.
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!
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.
The New Year is just a few days away, and while most have probably planned their party outfits, some are still stressing (hand raised!). If you’re looking for an alternative to the not-so-original party dress, take a look at some of my favorite options below.
A jumpsuit is effortless but will still give you the fashionable entrance you’re looking for.
A classic alternative. Look for fabrics like velvet and select bold colors to stand out in the crowd.
Sometimes all you need is one statement piece to be the talk of the party! Look for fringe, big statement sleeves and fun fabrics.
Focus on your bottoms by finding sequin or metallic pants to dance the night away in!
Keep it feminine and fun in a sequin skirt, a flowy midi or a dare-to-be-dramatic maxi skirt.
Longtime fashion bloggers know the industry, and some of them have been able to use their platform and experience to create their very own brands. Keep an eye out for these bloggers turned designers!
1. Rumi Neely, Fashion Toast
Rumi Neely, a fashion blogging veteran, launched her fashion line Are You Am I in 2014 after she was unable to find those perfect pieces we’ve all searched for: the draped white tee, the triangle bra that actually fits, and so on. Her line of sexy basics has expanded to include a full clothing line, jewelry and accessories. Are You Am I continues to offer up quality, seductive pieces that encompass Neely’s own personal style.
2. Elin Kling, The Wall
After founding the successful fashion blog The Wall, Elin expanded her career by creating Totême with her husband in 2014. A collection of everyday quality basics and mix-and-match pieces, Totême has been successfully growing within the fashion world. It’s been featured in prominent magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle and worn by some of Hollywood’s most glamorous women!
3. Chiara Ferragni, The Blonde Salad
Chiara has appeared on numerous red carpets and televisions shows and is one of the most recognizable international fashion bloggers. She was recently named one of Forbes’s ’30 Under 30′ in Art & Style, and she’s even become a study subject at Harvard Business School! Her Chiara Ferragni Collection is a fashion destination for flirty, playful shoes and accessories.
4. Danielle Bernstein, We Wore What
Danielle has been running her blog We Wore What for seven years, and it’s safe to say the move to expand her brand worked hugely in her favor. 2016 was a big year for Danielle: she launched her overall line Second Skin Overalls and her shoe line The Archive with Modern Vice founder Jordan Adoni. Danielle is just one of many bloggers with a long promising career in fashion!
5. Jess Hannah, J Hannah Journal
Jess founded J. Hannah Jewelry, a collection of pieces that are intended to be lived in and never taken off. Think delicate, timeless, minimal rings and necklaces that go with your entire wardrobe and lifestyle. Hannah is inspired by vintage pieces—like those handed down to her by her grandmother—and well-crafted jewelry that is meant to last a lifetime.
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