Beth emailed a while back, wondering about all-black outfits. She wrote:
I love to wear black. I know that may not be the "in" thing to do- but it works for me. Black, a rich midnight blue, dove or heather gray- those are colors I work well with. The problem is that those then look so drab for spring. Any thoughts?
Yup. See, I'm with you, Beth. While color is huge right now, I tend to be a more minimalist, neutral kind of gal at heart. From growing up in the 90's, perhaps? Which also explains my oversized white t-shirt obsession. But black is pretty fabulous – there's no reason you can't rock all black all year.
Here are some tips I find helpful:
1. Show Some Skin
Hem (or tape) your skinnies to show your ankle bone. Show off your arms, or find a plunging v-neck. If you don't have a pooch, show a sliver of midriff, a la Elin.
2. Lighten Up Your Lipstick
I find that dark lipstick (even red) paired with an all-black outfit feels like winter. My Spring update? Pink.
3. Wear Birks
This has nothing to do with anything. Just a rule for life, brought to you by the 90's, baby.
4. Vary the Textures
Varying the textures is always important when going monochrome….and in this instance, I find it also helps to lighten the look. My tank above is a bit sheer, yet still hides the pooch (this tank is quickly becoming a favorite, BTW)…but I also love an airy, open weave sweater.
Gosh, this outfit was so comfy, yet looked so…bad-A. Yay for pleather! Almost as good as Birks, that pleather.
(No, not really.)
But the open weave sweater can be snagged, in theory. Mine's held up pretty well, but I'm always a bit of a mess, so a few snags wouldn't bug me…but I'm sorely tempted by this fabulous-yet-expensive piece. Does the higher price reflect a more durable weave? Hmmmm…
This kid cracks me up. And he loves these leggings because obviously everyone loves pleather. Each time I wear them, R's all: "MOM! WOW! Your legs look….awesome."
High praise from the 5 year old, Mamas. Usually he prefers me in long, sweeping dresses, so I suspect my typical momiform is rather disappointing. Pleather is a nice compromise, I suppose. (Is anyone else grossed out by the word 'pleather'? In the future it'll be 'faux-leather' all the way. I promise.)
Well. Minimalist fashion, birkenstocks and old lady words like "pleather". I hope you enjoyed our little trip back to the days when everyone was in love with Eddie Vedder.
Beth….thoughts? Are you with me (and Eddie) and all-black?