You know someone has great style when their outfit catches your eye from across the street — and they aren’t even standing! That is precisely what happened as I was searching for my next Fashionisto and spotted him sitting on a bench reading before his next class. I was immediately drawn to his outfit for its simple, yet bold impact. Sometimes black on black can seem overdone and boring but other times, in the case of this Fashionisto, it is classy and fresh. His take is far from blasé — he plays it cool against the black with a subtle peek-a-boo pattern shirt, some sweet kicks and killer red hair.
If you aren’t blessed with awesome fiery red hair, don’t fret! You can still set this look on fire with some simple styling tips. Just take your basic black jeans (notice how this Fashionisto cuffed the pant legs to lead your eye to his bold boots) and pair them with some Dr. Martens boots from Zappos for instant cool points and edge. Layer a button-down shirt in a subtle pattern (try this one from H&M) underneath a solid black cardigan to break up the black and create interest in your outfit. You can find a lot of great pieces from basic to trendy, at Topman (a favorite site of this Fashionisto) like this cardigan or mesmerizing cosmic shirt. I almost regret that this style-savvy Fashionisto shared his online shopping secrets with me, because now it makes me want to buy men’s clothing!
Hint: Another site this Fashionisto recommended is called River Island, a London-based fashion retailer that dreamed up this whimsical blazer. It is the perfect option to dress up an all-black look in a seriously fashionable way. For those of you lacking inspiration this fall, take a cue from this Fashionisto and update your black pieces with a pop of pattern and some combat boots. Keep the look casual-chic with a cardigan for going to class or add a sophisticated vibe with a business-ready blazer. Fashionistos, prepare to turn some heads!