Despite my obsession with color, I went through a phase in which I loved to wear black. My closet was stuffed with sweaters, dresses and leggings, which I would blithely wear together in a mess of absent color. Black, I insisted, was classic, flattering and matched everything (and seriously, there are designers who work primarily in black). Since coming to college, I have worked my way up to blues and pinks, but I still firmly believe in the importance of wearing black. Thus, I was drawn to this Fashioinsta’s (almost) entirely black ensemble. I like that she dared to do what I never did by adding a splash of color.
Name: Claudia Ruiz
Major: Literary Arts
CollegeFashionista: Tell me about your outfit today.
Claudia Ruiz: I got the jacket from my mother. I was going through her old crap and picked it out. I think the jeans are from Gap, but I actually found them in a thrift store in Berkeley. The shoes are from Barcelona.
CF: Since it was so beautiful out last week, but now it’s cold again, how did this weather change influence what you chose this morning?
CR: I was going to wear shorts and long coat but even that was too cold. I like wearing jackets, so this is okay with me.
CF: What do you like to wear normally?
CR: It’s really whatever my mood is. I am a person who will go all black but other times I’m more vibrant and will even go with color blocking.
CF: What is your mood today?
CR: Today is kind of an in between day. When I looked outside this morning, sometimes it was cloudy and sometimes it was sunny. So I thought it would be mild.
CF: What is your favorite color to wear?
How To: If you are like me, you probably have accumulated piles of black cardigans, leggings and T-shirts over the years. Yank those out of the back of your closet and wear them all at once, tucked into a pair of buckle boots. For a bit of pattern and color, throw on this springy coral blazer. If this combination will convince you that black is amazing.