back in black

October 3, 2012

after a season where i simmered in white linen, baby blue cotton, the pinkest of seersucker, and an occasional kelly green, i have had more than my fill of color and my wretched attempts to properly match and mix my hues in a fashionable manner; otherwise known as “colorblocking.” my stabs at this current trend resemble more stained glass window making than stylistic feat. scratch that. it’s more like stained glass window making whilst blind-folded. 

and drunk. i just can’t quite get it. 

while i love the looks on everyone else, for me i’m a simple girl who does best without too many ingredients in her recipe. 

scanning my fall glossies and street style pics i notice i am drawn most to my beloved black. when in doubt i always go black. despite the downer reputation it connotes, it’s actually an uplifting color to me. i feel best in black, therefore i will smile more, laugh harder, and love fiercer when wearing it. 

i also think black is extremely feminine. these numbers from the f/w 2012 gucci show scream “woman!” what i wouldn’t give for one of those flowy capes, high-necked collars, and over-the-knee boots.

these ensembles roar something sassy and sweet as the woman who wears them drops the kids off at carpool, bankrolls a fortune 500, and still has a chicken potpie for 4 ready by 7pm. 

while i love the idea of capes and riding crops, these casual southern california fairways and avenues call for a more relaxed, seashore vibe. less crumpets and more crunk. 

i’m loving this transitional summer into fall look with these alexander wang raquel sandals and a trench-coaty looking shirtdress. i live in shirtdresses. the perfect salad of masculine and feminine. here are 3 similar dresses: kenneth cole has a long sheer one for 45 bucks, lane bryant makes both short and long with a great waist and skirt, and if budget isn’t an option go for the jil sander mamma! {and send me a photo damn it.}

as it cools down a chunky, black sweater over leggings and slouchy boots is a comfy way to keep things chic and street. 

get this hip look with sweaters from express or acne, leggings from the white house, and pair them with some uggs.

simple? yes. boring? absolutely not. to formal things up, nothing whispers sultry like a lbd. susana monaco has a super pretty version, as does target in sizes from petite to women’s. 

according the fashion blogs, i can even pull my noir en noir countenance off on a spin bike. see? 

apparently i can copy this look with kelly wearstler sousxie faux leather pants, a blousy splendid black tank, and these alexander wang carmen colorblock sandals. gear up guys! 

so tell me m’loves are you bonkers for black too? or are you a brave, creative soul who can pull off the color and hue? 

wednesday happy my darlings. 

 

  • Ok, that gorgeous, lithe beauty in the first pic is you. Don't deny it.

  • Amen to this whole post. Black is definitely a comfort color for me. I love how it can be fun and flirty but also super badass and aloof.

  • I've given up on patterns and color blocking and the like. I just look and feel better in solid colors, be it blue or kelly green or black. And I do love my black. Even if I'm so pale that I look vampire-ish. The red hair helps a bit. I hope…

  • I'm bonkers for black! xv

    • goodniteirene

      it REALLY is the best.
      loved your black booties on mj\’s fall obsession. and i, too, am a giant fan of the b5 skinceuticals face mask….LOVE it.

  • Hi Katie,

    I really enjoyed this post!
    I really echo your sentiment. Whilst pops of colour are always fun, black is the ever faithful staple!
    Adored the pairing with Alexander Wang Raquel sandals!

    Loving your blog,
    Tasha

    • goodniteirene

      thank you miss tasha….i agree those AW\’s are insane!!
      loving \”fashion cherry\” too.

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