STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Blackout

Style Advice of the Week

Like I always say, when in doubt, accessorize! Accessories are meant to enhance the look of an outfit making a statement wherever you go. Whether it be shoes, jewelry, sunglasses or the color of your nail polish, accessories are just as important as the garments you choose! This week’s Fashionista chose a simple, yet sleek all black outfit paired with some of this fall’s hottest trends. 

In the fashion world, black is always in. Black matches everything, simultaneously letting you choose any accessory of your choice. Go with a statement necklace like the one shown above or choose a stylish tweed jacket and matching boots. I personally love black, as it is always my go to choice when revolving an outfit around a certain accessory. Having trouble finding an outfit to match a recent purchase? Simply choose a black top and a pair of black high-waisted pants to make your spur of the moment purchase pop without clashing your overall look!

What I like most about this Fashionista’s outfit are her studded boots. Studs are back and bigger than ever! From studded collars to studded boots, this gothic-esque trend is making an impact on fall accessories as well as the fashion industry itself! But studs can be a difficult accessory to incorporate, as they tend to call for a simpler outfit. Too many statement pieces can cause your look to clash, taking away from your overall look. Versace’s fall/winter 2012 runway is all about the feminine but tough woman. Versace’s line features all black leather outfits embellished with studs and dye cut crosses paired with knee-high fishnet stockings. So next time you are hesitant to buy those outlandish studded boots, remember, when in doubt black it out!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Blackout

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I’m big on color. Huge, actually. But while the neutral section of my own closet is sorely lacking, I love a good monochromatic ensemble of all black pieces. The vibe is edgy and intense — a nice juxtaposition to the usual San Diego look. And with spring ushering in a slew of preppy pastels, a blacked out wardrobe is a real showstopper.

This Fashionista’s colorless outfit is classic and simple. Black skinny jeans and knee-high boots anchored her look, while a loose, buttoned top kept her getup from seeming too harsh. Topping it off with a no-fuss backpack, this Fashionista’s collection of one-color pieces was ideal to play up the rare gloomy day. There was no straying from the city girl feel, down to her hair and makeup a with a smoky eye and pin straight ‘do.

If you simply can’t part from your color-loving ways (guilty as charged), use accessories to break up the black. This Fashionista’s lucite watch and baby-pink nails provide a small yet unexpected pop of lightness, but a stack of bright bangles or an in-your-face nail color would be just as lovely. Keep the vibrant add-ons to a minimum, though, and let the minimalism of the outfit speak for itself.

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If you’re standing on the platform waiting for the train, you will see everyone on the other side in black. In a sea of black, add a little pop of color or mix with different textures. This Fashionista like a true New Yorker kept to that ideology and rocked an all black outfit, but to make her outfit more fun she added a gold bib necklace completed with her signature fire red glasses.

Alexander Wang’s A/W 2010 RTW collection consisted of all black outfits. But what made the collection to die for was the fun detail on the skirts and jackets. Even though the outfits were all black, the skirts and jackets were decked out in studs. Aside from adding a pop of color or small details, you can also just mix texture. If you’re rocking a black leather jacket pair it with a black chiffon or silk top. The mixture of texture and fabric will give it a more interesting touch while keeping the blackout style.

Hint: If you are into the blackout look, try this great jacket with a mix of velvet to play up the look.

If you like 90% of New York want to keep rocking the blackout, don’t go unnoticed. Do it in fabulously in different textures or add a piece of accessory to hint of personality.
 

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