STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: (Always) Back in Black

In my first article for CollegeFashionista, my STYLE GURU BIO, I made an unofficial New Year’s resolution to try to wear less black and incorporate more color in my wardrobe. Well, three months into 2015 and black is still the dominant hue in my closet and all-black is my go-to outfit of choice. But to be honest, it’s my favorite for a reason. Black is classic. It can be grunge, professional, glamorous, comfortable and you’re always matching when your outfit is all-black. Of course, a lot of people do not understand the love for black, such as my grandmother, who will say that it is just a sad color. But it truly depends on what you do with it.

This Fashionista caught my eye due to her ability to make all-black look grunge, yet very adorable. The key to making this outfit work is the variety of textures and materials. Wearing the same fabric in all-black can easily make you look like a blob. Being able to focus on different pieces and give shape to your outfit is important.

This graphic T-shirt, tucked into a high-waisted skirt, gives a feminine touch and shows off her waist. The graphics, while still in the similar tones, help break up the all-black. Since they are faded moons and tie-dye, it still works with the grunge attitude of the outfit and doesn’t look out of place. The leather jacket is worn open to reveal the outfit underneath. Sometimes people forget that your coat can still be just as much part of the everyday outfit, and that you don’t always have to ditch it once you make to your destination. Leather jackets are the universal sign of punk and grunge looks.

Wearing sheer tights as opposed to opaque leggings also helps separate the black. The sunglasses and necklace keep the outfit fun. Finally, the red lip and hair pulled back into a long ponytail are the perfect touches to keep this look classic and polished. If you know how to style certain pieces with the right accessories, all-black can be perfect for any occasion.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Don’t be afraid to commit to a look, because it’ll always look better if you really go for it than if you only make a shoddy attempt or meet it halfway.”