STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Black Is the New Black

Style Advice of the Week

Nothing will ever be as classic as the color black, no matter how hard some colors try—this intense hue is the crown jewel of all things chic. Now, as you can see, my Fashionista this week happens to be one whom I’ve previously written about a couple of weeks ago. Each day that I see this sartorial mastermind, I become more and more envious of her wardrobe and couldn’t help but snap her picture once again. This week she is hitting the Chicago streets looking like she strutted straight off the BCBGMAXAZRIA runway and I have nothing to say other than I am obsessed.

Looking sleek and stylish, this Fashionista dons skinny black pants accompanied by black leather knee highs. On the top half, an elongated black cardigan is cinched at the waist by a belt with an eye-catching gold closure resembling the infinity sign. Capped off with a beautifully structured BCBGMAXAZRIA coat with zipper detailing and accessories such as a leopard print scarf, leopard head pendant necklace and a unique, fur embellished purse that begs for a second look, this Fashionista proves that black will always be the color of choice when wanting to look sleek and put together.

While this look may seem daunting to recreate, it can actually be quite simple. Begin by pulling classic pieces from your wardrobe—staples like basic black skinnies, a great pair of boots and a structured jacket or coat should be hanging in every Fashionista’s closet! Stick with a monochromatic theme that was a huge hit on the fall 2012 runways of Alexander Wang, Haider Ackermann, Sacai, Givenchy and many more, and go from there. If an all black look is too intense for you, try something along the lines of navy, emerald or even of-the-moment burgundy. Top it off with bold accessories like this Fashionista did with her purse, necklace and belt to make your ensemble go that extra mile.

Putting together a chic, monochromatic look is easy and can be an instant success when done correctly. Don’t be afraid to don an all one color outfit, choose a hue and run with it! My monochrome color of choice is black, what’s yours?

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Black is the New Black

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We always hear things on fashion platforms saying that [fill in the blank] is the new black, but as Fashionistas we know that no color or trend will ever truly conquer our best friend in our wardrobe — the color black. Everyone goes through the dilemma of buying a black purse or shirt versus a bold or printed one. You stand in the store with both the items in your hand, one black and the other printed. The printed one is unique, bold and definitely a statement piece for people to recognize. On the other hand, the black one is black and therefore goes with more outfits, which further gets you more bang for your buck. And while I am one who normally sports the obnoxious, over the top prints, this post is an ode to the most fashionable color to graze this earth. 

My favorite part of this Fashionista’s outfit is her black long-sleeve Brandy-Melville T-shirt. Especially for the fall, a black long sleeve shirt is crucial. You can dress it up at night by wearing a bold pair of printed jeans or make it more casual by pairing it with blue jeans and a fun pair of flats. This Fashionista pairs it with a pair of black shorts and black opaque tights, arguably the most essential fall article. Tights allow your summery outfits to become fall favorites.

The knee-high Michael Kors boots top off the black-on-black edgy vibe she has going on with her outfit. As an avid shoe lover, I truly believe that the shoes make the outfit. Instead of a knee hair pair, try a pair of combat boots or black ankle-high converse.

While her whole outfit is black, she adds pops of earth tones with her green saber tooth necklace and yellow beanie. With this outfit, you’ll exude confidence and be ready to take on the tedious midterms we unfortunately happen to be in the middle of.

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There are many expressions surrounding the fashion world that reference the color black including the infamous Little Black Dress or the saying that something “is the new black." The latter is often used in mockery of the changing trends of the fashion world, but the roots of this saying do have some gravitas. Black is the fashion industry’s favorite color (even if it’s not technically a color). It is simple, versatile and somewhat mysterious. It continuously dominates the fashion world whether as the main focus of a seasonal trend or simply as a backdrop.

With maxi dresses still sticking around, I enjoyed seeing this Fashionista straying away from the traditional “LBD” and embracing a longer hemline. The simple tank cut and body-conscious style of the dress create a refreshingly simple and elegant image. She continues on a monochromatic path by pairing her black dress with black gladiator sandals and a black leather bag. My favorite part of this Fashionista’s ensemble was her choice in accessories. Her metallic bangles and statement rings complement the dark silhouette while adding some texture to an all black outfit.

To imitate the style of this Fashionista, try pairing a body-conscious skirt with a simple tank. For an all-in-one monochrome look, try this tank dress featuring a full skirt from ASOS. For a more interesting silhouette, try this one-shoulder dress from ShopBop.

To switch up your summer wardrobe from the typical bright colors, flowy dresses, and short shorts, take a hint from this Fashionista and go back to black.
 

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