04 March 2010

b is for basic black

I had so many options for 'B' but I decided to choose the one trend that everyone gravitates towards - black. It's slimming, dressy, casual, girly, edgy - you name it, black is it. What I love about this amazing shade is how for one, it never goes out of style, and two, you can spend a good deal of money on a black skirt or heels, and not feel guilty! I bought my first pair of black leather scrunch boots in Paris and I have literally worn them into the ground (the heel is basically flattened), but even though they cost about as much as I made in a month at the time, I wore, and still wear them with everything! With Spring right around the corner we may tend to shy away from black, but remember, evening still falls after daylight and who's to say you can't bust out a gorgeous black dress, black heels, with a bright clutch? Here are some of my favourite ways to wear black - enjoy!

Taking a tip from the lovely ladies of Gossip Girl, a well fitting black blazer is an essential in any wardrobe. Worn with cuffed sleeves, in a short style or long style, belted, or left open, it instantly dresses up a casual outfit, or dresses down bold evening wear. The 'boyfriend' trend is huge right now and I'm in love with it myself. Rihanna pulls off the blazer perfectly over a red dress - here's a similar style from Bebe inspired by the Kardashians ($129).

Finding the perfect black purse can be difficult because there are so many to choose from. My advice is to go simple and in a larger size - not too big, but not too small. I'm in love with Olivia Palermo's tote and also this amazing croc-print bag from Yesstyle ($65). The perfect amount of detail without being overpowering.

Finally, the LBD - little black dress. Every girl has one, that perfect black dress that makes you feel amazing every time you put it on. I recommend splurging a bit on this staple item because it'll be worn more times than you think! I adore my BCBG Max Azria dress to bits, ($170 on sale!) but I've been on the hunt for a body-hugging long sleeve mini like Jessica Szohr's for ages. I did find one with a slight vertical detailing (shown to the right!) although none with sleeves. Show off your dark side this month, as I'm sure to - black is the new black!

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