January 5, 2017 • Jackie LaBadia
When it comes to the clothes that I put on my body (or in the back of my closet because I’m not yet sure how or when I will wear them) I buy EVERYTHING in black. Blouses, tees, chunky knits, jeans, sweats, black, black, black, black and black. But make no mistake I can style the funk out of an all-black wardrobe because that’s what I do. I write, do yoga and wear black. But there’s a fine line between rocking an all-black outfit like an off-duty Bella Hadid and looking like an angst-ridden teenager in the front row of a Marilyn Manson show circa ’98. Shout out to Marilyn though because that dude was dope.
When styling said all-black outfit, I find the following tips hella-helpful in not looking like I’m wearing this color because I have to, and more because I want to. Because I do. I really, really do.
Put a little blush on.
My mom has been telling me to do this for as long as I can remember. But seriously, whether it’s a red lip, a teal liner or a dewey pink blush (Mom, you were right!) you absolutely need a sweep of color on your face to light that b up! But keep the focus to one area, if you go bold with the lips, keep the eyes simple, and vice versa. You don’t need to be looking like a Kardashian unless you’re getting paid like one, and even then, I’m still not so sure.
Make a statement.
Wearing all-black gives you the perfect canvas for an amazing statement piece. A pair of bamboo earrings (I see you LL!) a druzy stone necklace, a snake skin belt, your grandmother’s vintage broach. You feeling me, here? Do it up with your piece! But keep it to a piece. As Coco Chanel used to say, always edit your accessories by removing one item before you walk out the door.
Shoes. Shoes. Shoes.
You should never ever EVER wear a black shoe with an all-black outfit. Unless you’re waiting tables in a restaurant or Frankenstein. Go for a brown bootie, a nude wedge, even a neon flat. Trust me on this, breaking up the monochromatic color scheme with your shoe ups the chic factor by about a billion.
You got this in the bag, girl.
One of my major style don’ts is matching your bag to your shoes. For the love of fashion dolls, JUST DON’T DO IT! Bright colors, patterns, metallics, pick your poison…just don’t match that poison to your shoes. Bonus tip- Don’t pull out your dainty envelope clutch for a day trekking the streets of Manhattan with your kids and don’t go lugging your favorite oversize carry-all to drinks with the girls.
Living life in a smoky eye and an all-black wardrobe. I’m spiritual as hell. Follow me on IG @the_real_j_la.