STYLE GURU STYLE: All Black Everything

Fall has just begun, but designers everywhere are already planning next season’s hottest trends. But why would stressful college students, in the midst of a hectic midterm’s week, even care? All we really want is to dress like Serena van der Woodsen strolling down the streets of New York in the latest trends, but without all the effort that actually goes into looking like a high-end model.

In Vera Wang’s recent spring 2016 ready-to-wear runway show, she featured tailored coats, bandeaux, high-waisted briefs, structured vests, mesh bras, loose V-neck tanks, dresses and blazers all in bare black. Forget a pop of color, mash-ups are the statement pieces when it comes to Wang. Something clean and simple to put together! Thank you fashion gods, a.k.a Vera!

While browsing through her collection, the first thing that came to mind was simplicity. The perfect outfit doesn’t have to take you three days to plan. The perfect outfit is comfortable and simple. Sometimes the fewer the colors, the better!

Vera Wang, a world-famous bridal designer who wears only black, is known as fashion’s punk ballerina and I am a firm believer that black does make one look slimmer. For my ‘All Black Everything’ inspired outfit, I paired a plaid black and white loose-fitting dress with black leather  block heel ankle boots—a constant theme in Wang’s collection—and a simple gold cuff to bring out the gold detail on the heels of the booties.

Since the weather is a little cooler now in November, I switched out the crop top and high-waisted bottoms for a dress. I went with a plaid dress instead of an all black dress to keep in line with my personal style and because vertical lines give you length. I wanted my ensemble to center around the plaid stripes.

Get My Look: 1. Plaid or black dress. 2. Black ankle boots. 3. Gold cuff.