Actresses such as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor demonstrate that sometimes the most simple styles make the most dramatic impact. In other words, it is not necessary to dress like Lady Gaga to make a fashion statement. Sometimes simple colors such as black and white are effective enough. Not only does this combination of colors make a statement, but the combination has the ability of creating a very versatile look. By pairing these two colors, for example, the Fashionista has created a casual look that is classy. Because the look has a certain level of sophistication, she can wear this look to class, but also to an on-campus interview. If the Fashionista has late night plans, she can pair the look with a cute pair of black pumps and let her hair down for a night out.
To achieve this simple yet classy look, the Fashionista has paired a black skirt with a sleeveless button up blouse (these are essentials during the hot summer months in Los Angeles). To accessorize the Fashionista has added a series of strategically planned accessories. The brown belt, for example, provides a slight pop of color. This is essential, because black and white can be boring, but mixing with different textured materials, and adding earthy tones to an ensemble can make all the difference between drab and fab. As for the shoes, simple details such as speckled holes that peak into the skin and straps can make a plain black flat a lot more interesting. As for the jewelry, the Fashionista sticks to her simple yet classy theme by pairing her outfit with a statement watch. I love this choice because it provides a tiny hint of color that ties in pieces such as the brown belt and stripped backpack together. The necklace, on the other hand, has been placed underneath the shirt’s collar. As a result, the Fashionista has given the collar of her blouse a feminine and modern twist on the classic bolo tie.
The Fashionista demonstrates how you can re-create a fashion forward look such as the bolo tie with items you may already have in your jewelry box. This can be done by pairing a simple necklace from Forever 21 with your favorite collared shirt. If you feel particularly adventurous skip the necklace and go straight for the bolo tie!
Spotted: Statement collar necklaces in J.Crew’s fall 2013 runway show.