I love sticking to a classic color palette. Black and white add a certain level of sophistication to an otherwise simple outfit. This summer I wanted to focus more on the silhouette of my outfit as opposed to pattern or eclectic color combinations. We all probably have a little black dress, but what about a little black jumpsuit?
To get some inspiration, I looked through some of this spring’s runways. One that really stood out was Céline’s spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection. The designer played with proportion on certain elements of the look while sticking to a more simplistic color palette. The personality was more focused on the cut of the clothes instead of the color, which was refreshing to see.
To translate this to an afternoon downtown, I opted for a black jumpsuit. The exaggerated kimono sleeves emanate the collection while the panama hat gives it a more casual vibe. Instead of jewelry, I chose to accessorize with a simple watch to keep the attention on the silhouette. The colors, or lack there of, are also cohesive with the looks in the collection.
Another way to play with proportion is to add volume to the bottom half of your outfit. This could be achieved with a full midi-skirt, dress or wide legged trousers. The key here is balance. If the bottom is exaggerated, keep the top simple and vice versa. With my look, because the sleeves are exaggerated, the tied waist and tapered leg still gives it structure.