Sarah Neely

"How to Wear Black Without Looking Boring?"

Sarah Neely
"How to Wear Black Without Looking Boring?"

How do you wear black on black without looking like you are paying homage to My Chemical Romance? 

Every so often we need a day off from crazy prints and vibrant colors.  While the fun in fashion comes from taking style risks, every so often we need a day off from crazy prints and vibrant colors.  For some warm weather calls for bright colors and prints, for others (like me) it’s yet another season for black attire.  Black jeans turn into black cutoffs.  Black jackets turn into black dusters.  Black tights turn into bare legs because I get hot too. The monochromatic look may not be an obvious solution for the spring and summer time, but you can make it work after the temperature rise above 70 degrees.  You can mix textures without fear of creating an overly busy ensemble.  Notice how I am wearing a black mesh dress layered with a black over-sized jacket, with a hint of gold in the belt and shoes.  I added a little color to bring the black out more and added different textures to break the pieces up.

Black is a classic color and will never go out of style.  It looks good on anyone and will always go with any outfit, so no wonder most of us choose it as a safe and comfortable look on those days when we can’t find anything to wear.  However, as is the case, black on black can sometimes look stale and even overwhelming, even if you’re wearing just one black piece. 

Black can take you to the office and make you look like a top manager, or place you later on in a bar looking like the most hipster of them all.  It will never be dated, never be inappropriate, never be too much or too less.  Black will always be easy to dress up or down.  It is very sophisticated and chic when you want to, and rebel and edgy when you feel like it. 

Although black is the darkest shade in the book and it gets a bad reputation for not being summer appropriate, but remember the trick to wearing black in the summer is all in the fabrics you choose.  

JACKET:  Thrift Store / DRESS:  Thrift Store / BELT:  Thrift Store / BAG:  TJ Maxx / HEELS:  Sold Out, River Islan