Two Ways: Basic Black Pencil
Jan 3, 2012
Smoldering Sheer. My outfits have been monochromatic and minimalist of late. Perhaps, the winter weather is effecting my mood or maybe I’m just getting older. Who knows?
Either way, I think that playing with textures and fabrics in the same color palette is one of my favorite fashion techniques. It looks rich, is difficult to mess up and can be done in any price point.
Here, I matched a basic wool pencil with a black chiffon, tie neck blouse for a nice contrast between heavy and light. Sheer is also a good way to add a bit of sex appeal to your wardrobe without looking unprofessional. Just remember that if you need to wear a tank under a blouse, the tank should be the same color as the blouse whenever possible. If you don’t have one that color, it should be black. And you should always wear a strapless bra because errant bra strap is not a good look on any woman.
To punch it up a bit, I added a leopard pump. Black is too boring and a color is too predictable, and leopard is still on trend.
The gold cuff is meant to be worn over the bottom portion of the sleeve so that it stands out. A simple stud earring or basic gold hoop, while not feature in the set, would be my earring of choice.
The bag is also a lovely, feminine top handle satchel that is a good size for the woman who only needs the essentials. In fact, now that I have an office and more than three desk drawers, I’m looking for smaller handbags so that I don’t spend so much time spelunking through the cavernous depths in search of a chapstick.
As for hair and makeup, this outfit would look best with either a loose wave or a low bun. I’d also opt for neutral eye makeup, probably a medium taupe, and a sheer berry lip. But if you want to go a bold and hit the Mad Men angle, try red lips and a thickly-lined eye with a whisper of grey shadow.
Color Me Chic. This look is very simple, yet very chic. Sometimes, if the pieces fit properly and the pops of color are well thought out, it doesn’t take much to make five easy pieces look like a lot more.
A woman should have heavy weight, simple sweaters in camel, ivory, black and grey. They can be dressed up or down and they never go out of style, so consider investing in some nice cashmere as the winter sales progress.
I added this lovely Ferragamo scarf because I think the poppies in the print are so gorgeous. However, I wouldn’t wear it in a simple wrap. Instead, I’d tie it into a necklace using this tutorial. Just remember to un-knot it when you’re ready to put it away or you could permanently damage it.
The bag is meant to play off the orange in the scarf. If I was carrying this satchel, I would remove the strap and carry it by the handle. It’s only 7×7, so you could also invert it and slide your hand through the handle but carry it as a clutch.
These sweet, delicate kitten heels complete the look. I’m seeing more kitten heels in stores than I have in past seasons, and it makes me so pleased. I stopped wearing stilettos due to a back injury a few years ago, and I never really got back into wearing them even after the incision healed. So, long story short, kittens give you the femininity of heels without the pain. Adios, ballet flats.
For hair and makeup, I would go really pretty. A pink lip, a flushed cheek, a gold eye wash with lightly-winged liner. While not in this set, I’d also wear pearl earrings to set off the ivory sweater. I think J.Crew makes a nice pair. And I’d wear my hair up in a braide or twisted updo.