I'm going to start this off with a disclaimer--I do NOT recommend wearing this outfit in Kansas December! However, I was going through my photos from the past year to compile a year-in-review post and I realized I had never posted this look I shot with Dave Gillispie earlier this year! The look was too good not to post even though it's not entirely seasonal. Plus, the concept speaks to one of my very favorite outfit color schemes.
I'm talking about all black outfits, of course. For some reason, I always shied away from monochrome outfits in the past. Maybe it's because my mom wore all black one year for Halloween and told me she was dressed up as "a shadow," and thus the concept of monochrome took on an inherent costume-y vibe in my young mind. All jokes aside, I have no idea why I neglected this styling choice for so long. Wearing all black makes you instantly feel chic--like maybe the paparazzi should be following me around in the grocery store during the day. Plus, I am all about an all-purpose outfit and a blackout look takes you from the grocery store to your night out. You'll be turning heads the whole time.
You can either opt for a total black out from head to toe, or you can use the monochrome to accent a statement shoe, like I did in the above look. Also, when mixing your black pieces, you can create so many different vibes. An all-black outfit is anything but basic or boring. It's definitely not limited to one style. For this look, the outfit gets a boho spin with the fringed top and shoes. Take the exact same outfit and trade the fringe top for a fitted turtleneck and the shoes for sleek, black leather ankle boots and the look goes from elevated boho to sophisticated model-off-duty.
To sum things up, wearing all-black brings to mind the words sophisticated, sexy and maybe even bad ass--and those are adjectives I strive for all the time. If you've never tried all black, I suggest you give it your own personal spin. If you are a veteran black out-er, comment below and let me know your favorite way to wear the darkest shades!
FYI: I know you all are going to be curious about the shoes (aren't they amazing??). I bought these last spring/summer, so they are sold out now and hard to find. They are by Sam Edelman and the style is called "Yates." I linked the picture below to a Google search so you can scour the hits from Poshmark and eBay to see if you can find a pair of your own!
It's awesome I planned to post this outfit this week because I hung out with David Gillispie who shot these images in Lawrence this past weekend! He was hosting a model event with his Women of KU swimsuit calendar. It was so fun to meet the ladies, and hang out with Dave of course! Plus, I was wearing an all black outfit, so that works out nicely for this post. :) Shop the calendar here--2017 is just around the corner! The Women of KU calendar is the longest running college swimsuit calendar in the nation, and makes a great gift.