Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Today I'm demonstrating another way to wear black and gray: with 'pops' of color. I first built an outfit of mostly black, then added a couple of gray pieces for contrast, pattern, and waist definition. Then I finished it off with the bright teal shoes and ruby red necklace for some colorful highlights. As luck would have it, a package arrived yesterday from the fabulous Kimberly, which contained not only some Valentine's treats, but also this adorable fuzzy dark blue beret, which tied in perfectly with the thin blue stripes in the pattern of the gray plaid jacket. Thanks Kimberly! This is the most comfy hat ever!

The nice thing about using black in this way is that it pretty much gives you free rein to pair whatever bright colors you want, and you really don't even need to have anything else to tie them together. Complementary color pairs such as purple/yellow or orange/blue work particularly well. Remember though, that the idea here is to the allow the bright spots to really stand out against the black background, so don't wreck the look by adding more than a couple of colorful pieces to the main outfit. In a spectacular convergence of fashion inspiration, the always colorful Kasmira sported a similar look today. I love how we even have on matching bright red jackets!

Hat: a gift from Kimberly!
T-shirt: H&M
Necklace, earrings: a gift from Mark
Sheer floral shirt: Noa Noa
Skirt: a cast-off from my sister
Tights: Sock Dreams
Shoes: John Fluevog
Coat: Tulle


Anonymous said...

You look fantastic and I was right - that hat looks fantastic ok you! Happy Heart Day, sweetie and thanks for all the great inspiration.

Mervat said...

Hi Audi! Terrific look and as inspiring as always! Especially love the book stacks behind you...adds even more interest to the whole image...not that you needed it of course!


Kasmira said...

Yay for fashion convergence!

...are you wearing plaid and yellow today?

Anonymous said...

Love it all, but especially those tights. What a fun pattern!

Kate Tatar said...

Gorgeous! :D

lunarossa said...

Love this outfit! All matches beautifully with your lovely red coat. Love the shoes too. Pity I cannot find any equivalent to your wardeobe here in the UK!!! Ciao. Antonella

Fräulein Luise said...

I want to have those shoes !

Jen said...

Loving those shoes!! Especially the bows :)