Ideas for Black Clothing in your Wardrobe

I have a lot of black in my wardrobe and used to get teased a lot about it in school (goth jokes, funeral jokes, etc) but there are tons of ways to wear black. It’s extremely versatile; of course it’s formal and can be worn at serious occasions, but it can also be paired with pops of color or with white for a party outfit. And, band tees with jeans never go out of style! (You heard me!)

frank ocean sweet life outfit (via College Fashion)

frank ocean sweet life outfit (via College Fashion)

College Fashion is a website I stumbled on to while looking for fun things to add to my closet for school this fall. They list all kinds of sales, create outfits based on trends, interview fashionable people on campus and loads more. They’re totally worth a visit! I love the 3/4 length leather jacket above paired with the heels, with a touch of silver to top it off. Studded-collared shirts are starting to trend, but I’m still undecided on them. Regardless, you could pair the jacket with a lighter (or brighter) tank or dress to tone down the black.

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2012-Inspired Outfit 1 (via College Fashion)

Rebecca Minkoff Pre-Fall 2012-Inspired Outfit 1 (via College Fashion)

I love those pants! With darker pants you could wear a lighter jacket and accessorize in colors with a purse, earrings, belt or shoes. Those leopard flats are definitely cute but personally, I’d prefer something with a bit of a heel. I think wedges would work well here. If you’ve got some neon accessories left over from the neon craze earlier this year, you can still use them here!

Vogue China (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

Vogue China (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

This is a bit more stylish than practical, but the sports jacket/dress on the left is super sexy and fun! If the cut is a bit low, you could always wear a nice tank underneath or dress it up with a fun scarf. It could also be worn with some leggings and boots in the chillier weather.

anne sofie madsen (via Trendland)

anne sofie madsen (via Trendland)

The dress on the right is a beautiful matte black with gorgeous long sleeves and some texture at the bottom to spice it up. Paired with booties and some layered necklaces, this would be great for a day on the town or in class. A thick brown or tan belt would look great with this as well.

Old Skool Glam (via Super Shardom)

Old Skool Glam (via Super Shardom)

Pink is my favorite color to pair with black. Something about contrasting cute and fluffy with macabre always gets my attention. Flowers and floral patterns/colors look great on black, as shown above in this chic vintage gown. It looks a bit like evening wear, but with a tank underneath or a wrap over top it could easily be worn out during the day.

So don’t be afraid of black clothing, even in the summer! Black tops, bottoms or dresses are a great way to rock colored accessories and shoes that you might not normally get to show off with a more neutral or bright-colored look. Have fun with it!

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Jackets & Blazers with Summer Outfits

My perfect summer would last all year, with temperatures of 25-30C, refreshing light breezes, and sunshine all the time. Unfortunately, this is not usually what summer is like (in NB anyway). There can be rain, cold spells and stretches of cloudy muggy days. Don’t let that put a damper on your new awesome summer outfits though! Even if it’s a bit chilly or rainy outside, you can still rock your shorts and tee/tank by pairing it up with a light jacket or blazer.

(via 9to5 Chic)

(via 9to5 Chic)

(via Kryzuy.com)

(via Kryzuy.com)

Keep the jacket or blazer fitted, as over-sized ones can become cumbersome or make you sweat faster than you’d like. Cute shorts or skinny jeans and a tank  are nicely complemented by a simple black blazer. Adding a few gold or silver accessories really ties the look together and makes it a bit classier, more appropriate for coffee or dinner.

(via Toyko Fashion)

(via Toyko Fashion)

That leopard dress is adorable and looks great with the trench-coat! A trench-coat just feels right on a rainy day, but looks great in any kind of weather. If you’re nervous about wearing patterns like this, a plain jacket would help tone it down a bit. I can picture wearing this outfit to see a local band at my favorite pub. Those comfy booties reinforce that look and look great for dancing/walking long distances.

(via COTTDS)

(via COTTDS)

Sneakers wtih shorts are super popular this summer and may be more practical if you do a lot of walking. I love sandals and showing off nicely painted toes, but while walking to work in the rain the other day, one of the heels on my prized gladiators came apart, leaving me limping the rest of the way. (Also my umbrella got bird poop on it and then promptly broke, leaving me soaked as well, but that’s beyond the point.) Sneakers may have been a better plan for me. You can still give your look a chic edge via the blazer and jewelry. A sparkly blazer is a really fun way to jazz things up and goes well with most jewlery as long as you don’t overdo it; the jacket already provides a lot of bling.

THE COLORS OF LOVE BY NICOLE L. HILL

THE COLORS OF LOVE BY NICOLE L. HILL

Neons are still in and blazers are available in almost all the colors you could want. If you want to keep things informal or casual, choose your favorite bright color and have fun! Colored blazers go well with shorts, skirts or even skinny jeans. Bright colors look great against most neutrals. Jackets and blazers also help to cover up against the sun, if you’re going to be in it for long periods of time. Don’t forget the sun-screen!

Have a great and sun-filled weekend, everyone! And, for us Canadians, Happy Canada Day!

P.S. And for me happy birthday (tomorrow). 😀