From the Editor, Style Advice of the Week

While it was Jay Z (aka Mr. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) who made popular the lyric “All black everything,” this phrase seems to be a motto the fashion world has been living by for decades. No matter the season, no matter the trends, black is always in style. But wearing black on black on black everyday can get, well, boring.

This Fashionista was running the town and rocking her campus in an all black ensemble that was anything but mundane. From her chic fur coat to her knit beanie to her leggings, she relied on this trusty color to get her through the bleak, cold weather.

But what truly made her outfit special was the hardware details throughout her look. It is these small details that make the biggest impact on her overall ensemble. Take her boots, for example. The simple silhouette and classic style of the black boot would make them a nice pair of shoes on their own. But the hardware around the ankle makes the boots something special and memorable. They give the basic boot a tough edge and fashionable touch.

This small detail also has a similar effect on the Fashionista’s bag. The cross-body bucket bag merges two trends into one. While both styles are on point this season, both styles remain rather simple in cut and design. But with the added studs, this seemingly basic bag is transformed into a rocker-chic carry-all, perfect for trekking to class or even out with friends.

So my advice this week is to avoid the fashion fallback of all black everything. All black 99 percent will suffice with the added help of some very well-placed hardware.

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