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What You Need To Know About Wearing Top-To-Toe Black

What You Need To Know About Wearing Top-To-Toe Black

This is a guest post by Sophia Smith.

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Even though the mighty black color is generally reserved for winter and autumn looks while more vibrant and playful hues step onto the stage during summertime, there is absolutely no fashion law that states that one can’t rock all black during this wonderful season and look amazing while doing so. Now, some would argue that wearing all black everything can be a tad dull and uninspiring, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth, especially since there are such interesting and alluring clothing garments on offer. As soon as you see what we’ve got lined up for you, you won’t be able to wait to put together ensembles in what will become your new favorite summer color.

The Professional Look

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It is commonly known that black clothing is the embodiment of power and competence, and when wearing something black, not only will you be perceived as the person in command and in charge, but you will exude that type of energy from within. Now, we know that the corporate world has loosened the strings and business-casual attire is taking over the office spaces, but when there is a big meeting at stake, going with the classic and in style black power suit is a foolproof style plan. 

In order to avoid looking dull wearing an all-black ensemble, this is what you should do: choose a blazer and trousers – they can even be wide-leg trousers or culottes – in, let’s say, pitch black. Together, these two items will create a look that will own the room. Now, instead of a pitch black button-down or blouse, go for a lighter shade of black such as charcoal. When worn alone, you would peg it for true black, but in this combination, it will definitely pop. 

Make sure the fabric is different – silk blouses are great for this job, and then to finalize the look that will be anything but dull, go for a solid tote in burgundy and patent leather pumps in the same hue. A pair of subtle, structured earrings is just what you need to ‘seal the deal’ and there you have it – all black and powerfully stylish.

Edgy Romance

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This next all-black look is so versatile that you will want to wear it to a Sunday brunch, a rocking Saturday night or even to a romantic date. There is a touch of edginess to it, a little romance and plenty of both timeless and trendy vibes. You know that pleated midi skirts are still going strong, and since the high-rise makes them look flattering on everyone, especially when they come in black, go and snag one first, but not just any skirt – a metallic black pleated skirt, for a touch of pizzazz. 

Now, for the top, you can go with a halter crop if the day is really hot, as these two items go perfectly together. Now, if you’re going to be running around town, the best way to complete this look is with a sleek black pair of stylish and comfortable Nike shoes. The age of athleisure calls for them, and so do your feet. 

Now, an evening version revolving around the same skirt can entail a sequin strappy top – it doesn’t get more glam than mixing metallic with sequins, and then finalize the look with a gorgeous pair of conspicuous block-heel ankle-strap sandals, perhaps a pair that features multiple colors. Take your leather moto jacket along in case of the post-midnight chill, but also to exude those edgy vibes.

A Black-Tie Event

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As we have come to learn this wedding season, the black-tie dress code is making a comeback. We can only assume that the rustic and casual weddings have had a good run and now people are returning to the old, classically classy ways. Black-tie events call for gowns of any color, but what better color to use for your slaying gown than black? It’s both sexy and conservative, doesn’t pull focus from the bride but doesn’t put you in a corner either. 

Slip dresses are immensely popular, but if you want something with more flow to it, a spaghetti strap dress with a modest V-neck and a full skirt that starts high at the waist and then just flows gorgeously is the most impeccable and classy choice you can make. Silver statement jewelry is completely welcome as there is plenty of room for accessories. Drop earrings are a must, along with a delicate silver necklace. Of course, in order to keep things as classy as possible, single-strap silver sandals are the obvious choice as well as a clutch to match. Does this seem like a dull black outfit? We didn’t think so. 

Black will always be the new black, never forget that, and in case you do, we’ll be here to remind you just how both professional, playful and sultry it can be.

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