No, I wasn’t listening to Jessie J when I picked out today’s outfit. However, I was thinking of how I’d like to tone my look down a bit without being mistaken for a hostess at Olive Garden. (Black pants, black or white top/vest – c’mon people…I know you know what I mean..)
I dug though my closet and found the lovely combination you see below. I grabbed my leopard print wedges, applied some Russian Red M.A.C. lipstick (the BEST red lipstick, in my opinion) and out the door I went! I love black and white – ebony and ivory if you will. It’s such a clean and sophisticated look. Here are a couple of tips for getting your black and white, right!
*When wearing black on black – ensure your “blacks” match – As much as you love that faded black jacket or lovingly-worn pair of black slacks, don’t wear them with a new black shirt. Nothing makes faded black stand out like a darker and/or newer black.
*Wear a statement piece – Wear something that breaks up the monotony of the outfit – either a bright lip, patterned shoe or stand out piece of jewelry. It provides a focal point for the outfit.
*Be leery of the “uniform” – You’re not working at Applebee’s so be careful with white cotton button up shirts and black slacks. Wear a silky blouse or – if you must wear white cotton – try for something with interesting detail.
*Avoid too much red accompaniment – I KNOW (because I tend to do it myself) that one would be inclined to add red to a black and white ensemble. The trouble with adding red accessories/shoes/belts to a black and white look is it can kill the simplicity of the outfit…so add red but not too much…especially if you’re wearing a red lipstick.
*Cruella DeVil Syndrome – Just don’t say I didn’t warn you – wear fur with black and white – and dare I say polka dots – and you’ve fallen ill with Cruella DeVil Syndrome. People won’t let you near their dogs and no one wants that. Be careful with the fur!