Black clothes and New Yorkers is like Mardi Gras and fake, plastic beads — the combination is an inseparable tradition, one you will eventually want a piece of. Today’s Fashionista is the embodiment of New York chic in her all-black ensemble. She exudes effortless intern cool with a few key pieces.
To start, let’s talk about her shoes. Leather platform mules elevate her ensemble from understated to high fashion. These beauties balance the length of her asymmetrical jacket while adding an edgy feel to her look. I love how she manages to make a monochromatic, black outfit look fresh in the summer. With a simple white rope tied around her neck, she lends a nautical feel to her outfit — a subtle but important nod to the sunny weather.
Today’s Fashionista is an early adopter of fall’s new monochromatic color scheme. Now that the color-blocking trend has over-saturated catwalks and fashion blogs, this fall 2012 ready-to-wear season revealed a decidedly less varied color direction for some designers. Notice how Calvin Klein especially favored the all-black look. This Fashionista also picked up on the fact that this trend is perfectly suited for a summer internship because it reads professional and determined. Your boss will first notice your work ethic and then appreciate your refined fashion sense.
Ready to give it a try? When only wearing one color it is important that the silhouettes remain simple and strong. For instance, try pairing skinny pants with a tailored, peplum top. This will balance the slim cut of the pants while the fullness below the waist will give the eye something to focus on. Search for interesting cutouts and necklines as well. Without pattern and color mixing to play with, the fun in styling a monochromatic look is all in the details. If black isn’t your thing, a vibrant red or rich purple will do the trick. Either way, this fuss-free approach to dressing will save you time in the morning. I think that is the true beauty in this New York, all-black philosophy. It means less time spent getting ready and more time spent getting stuff done — what could be more New York City than that?