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!

Fashion Shoots for Spring 2012

For fashion magazines and other fashion adverts to be effective, they need to properly showcase their outfits (well lit clothing, attractive models) and provide a fitting atmosphere to display them in. Having clothing against a simple backdrop is okay, but showcasing it on a model that can really wear it, or having it in a space that suits it can really bring it out further and make it shine.

The spring campaign for Swedish Hasbeens has a vintage vibe, both in style of accessories and color palettes. The photography below uses beautiful washed out colors. I’m especially found of the soft purples, blues and pinks. It makes the photos look aged and gives them a happy nostalgic feeling. I’m a big fan of wedges and vintage accessories. I dig 60’s inspired clothing, as I feel it flatters more body shapes than some modern fashion. Everything about this shoot flows together harmoniously from the makeup, to the hairstyles, to the outfits.

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

The photos below from W Korea’s March 2012 magazine pop with candy colors: soft and bright and sweet. The dreamlike atmosphere draws me in, from the bubblegum wigs to the flowing fabrics. The colors are bright without clashing and pleasant to look at. I’d like to paint something like this, where the subjects are fun and the small details (peeling wallpaper, mattress fabric) would provide enough challenge to keep things interesting.

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

Prada’s Spring 2012 combines two of my favorite styles: vintage and graphic. The over-sized sunglasses and thin soft blouses look perfect for the warmer spring days, and those shoes… they have flames on them. FLAMES. I’m in love with them. The sky is so bright in these photos that it looks like the blue of a pool and gives a refreshing balance to the harsh light of a hot sun. In contrast to the first set of vintage images above, these are bright and in-your-face, clothing you’d definitely want to show off on the town.

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

I really love how they’ve used graffiti as a backdrop in this Vogue US March 2012 shoot. The bold colors and sharp cuts in the clothing stand out against it the spray-painted letters on the wreckage in the background. There are a lot of different textures going on here as well: the block of green against the pink car, the rustic pleats in the skirt against the horizon. Both photos really put a spotlight on these modern upscale outfits in a psychedelic grungy wasteland. Putting these outfits against a plain, brick wall would give them a totally different feeling and might even downplay them.

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Fashion Inspiration 21-03-12

I haven’t had a chance to start anything new since I finished the Cherry Blossom abstract piece on Sunday, so here’s some fashion that’s caught my eye recently.

Dark Beauty, via A White Carousel

There are several aspects to this look I really like: the lacey patterns, the transparent layers of fabric, the dramatic makeup and the voluminous hair. I immediately thought of painting this girl when I saw her; there’s a great balance of patterns and textures. The sequins are carefully placed to avoid being too flashy, and instead give the look an elegant edge.

via Melanie Castillo on Pinterest

The black and white palette works really well to unify this composition which might be a bit busy otherwise. The combination of different textures, fur, leather and shine, are an aspect of fashion I really enjoy. The graffitti on the wall and the snow on the ground, with imprints of feet, helps to define the model.

Vogue Japan, via Tom & Lorenzo

This page is out of Vogue Japan. In contrast to the previous image, I like how busy this one is. It captures a sort of energy and is exciting and flashy. I like the main model’s long sleek hair against the gold detailing on her dress. It’s like she’s from the future, visiting present-day Japan. Go check out the other photos from this shoot, they’re gorgeous too!

Lilybrush evening dress

Green and pink, perfect colors for spring! The fabric in this dress looks so luxurious, flowing and rich. I love the tie in the middle and crown of blossoms in her hair. Again, this is something I’d love to paint. The creases give the dress a lot of depth and character, I could have a lot of fun with that.