Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Built On Black

As much as I love a challenge, I just couldn't rally for Sal's Summer Black-Out for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the weather was just not cooperating when the challenge started, so it simply did not feel like summer at all. And secondly, I've been really drawn to the black items in my wardrobe lately and didn't feel I could live without them just now (it probably has to do with the black mood I'm in when I have to go to work!). So what I decided to do, rather than try to keep black clothes out of my summer, was to try to bring some summer to the black clothes.

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you've heard me bemoan the black pants fallback that far too many people rely on to look "dressy." Because the fact is that black pants alone do not make an outfit dressy, and in fact they often counteract any cuteness that's going on in the top of the outfit. The most common mistake people make is to throw on black pants and shoes with a colorful top, without any further effort at integrating the top and bottom halves; the result being that the top is left adrift on a solid black background, and neither half of the outfit makes sense with the other.

For this outfit, I softened the impact of the black jeans by pairing them with silver shoes; the shoes are a neutral color and make sense with the black, but they also help to break up the block of darkness. I repeated the silver color with the crinkle-texture tank top, and further reinforced it by adding the pale pink cardigan with silver paillettes and metallic silver stitching. Finally, I secured the front of the cardigan with a black and crystal brooch; this not only gave me the shape I wanted, but also brought a black focal point to the top. I finished off the outfit with a bracelet and earrings that also contained some black stones.

The lightness and drape of the cardigan and tank made the outfit feel very summery to me, and I just love the contrast of the inky black against the soft, pale colors. And although the outfit isn't Summer Black-Out Challenge material, it does bring a little summer to an outfit built on black.

Cardigan: Anthropologie
Tank: thifted
Jeans: Diesel
Shoes: Born


Sara said...

You look awesome! I too hate, hate, hate the black dress pants. ugh, so boring and something about them makes the person seem cold. I love this look though, this, I want to wear :)

Marie said...

Those black pants are fabulousness- I love the cardi with them.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Sheila said...

This is just gorgeousness, love it. And you even have silver nails! I love your attention to detail on your outfits, Audi.

Yours is the last blog of the day that I read - I always save the best for last. ;)

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Amazing jeans (and amazing legs to go with them!) I love your cardigan. In fact, I love the whole look.

Magatha-May said...

I think that is one of my favourite outfits of yours :)

Anonymous said...

Hee hee. I totally understand. Black is my go-to for cool weather, and if it had been in the 40s here I would've had WAY more trouble doing the BLACK-OUT.

Kimberly said...

That cardi is gorgeous and I love the contrast of it paired with the black pants!

Emily Kennedy said...

My word woman, those jeans are made for you!

Cherish @ My Cup of Tea said...

This outfit is ADORABLE! Love the silver heels.