Two Ways: Colorblock Top
Jul 25, 2013
For Day to Night. I love blush and black together. And it may be a bit safe (or boring, you pick) to pair it with all black, but I love the simple elegance of that combination. For this outfit, I wanted to create something that with a few tweaks could easily be worn to work. Because we all have those times when there’s an evening event that won’t give you time to go home, but you still want to feel well dressed.
For the night outfit above, I chose a flare skirt. You could do a simple pencil, like this Boden skirt, but I wanted a bit of flirtatiousness. I also added the belt because the top has a band around the bottom, and the belt will allow the outfit to stay smooth. I like this cut-out belt, but you could also try a simple wide belt.
I added the cut-out heels with the peep toe to complement the look and coordinate with the patent leather in the belt. And I chose a simple clutch and a slightly ornate earring (comes in lots of great colors) to go with it.
Now, if you wanted to style the look for the daytime, I would swap in a slightly lower, closed toe Luichiny high heel with an ankle strap ($59). I’d also grab a black MAB satchel and a simple cluster earring.
For the hair, I would wear it in a chic low updo. For the makeup, I would wear a raspberry nail polish, like Essie Sure Shot, and a winged black eyeliner.
For Casual Dinner. I originally paired this top with a black tuxedo pant and a really sweet pair of studded heels from Jean Michel Cazabat for a cocktail party. But it’s late summer, and skinny white jeans (or bootcut, if you prefer), with a flat sandal and a slouchy bag felt more “now.”
The bag I chose is from Marc Jacobs, but it’s pricey. This Nicole Lee Hobo from Shoebuy is under-$75 and has a similar look.
I added a hematite bracelet from White House Black Market to pull the bag and the sandal in, but you could also try this two-tone resin bangle from Robert Rose. And if you’re looking for a less expensive grey sandal, because “wow,” try these $115 sandals from L’Autre Chose.
For the hair, I would wear it down, perhaps in waves, humidity permitting. For the makeup, I would go for a natural, sunkissed look with a plum blush, some bronzer and lots of black mascara. (My favorite mascara is 2000 Calorie by Max Factor.)