This ensemble was inspired by last month’s featured blogger Rosamarie, who combined a column of black with dressy loafers, scarf and statement bag. It’s an easy outfit to pull together, and one that you might be able to shop for in your closet right away. To my eye it’s the pops of contrasting colour that make the look. It’s one that is particularly suited to those with black or dark brown hair. There is something about a column of black and black footwear that works really well with very dark hair.
I’ve shown two renditions of the look, and red and green as the pops of colour. Feel free to choose any accent colours to combine with the black. Here are the components of the outfit:
Black Ankle Pants: Choose a pair of fitted black ankle pants that are tapered, straight or flared at the hem. Two to three inches above the ankle bone is a good length. Any longer and you’ll look like you’re wearing “high water pants” that are neither here nor there. Make sure the length of your crops looks intentional, ESPECIALLY when wearing flats with the look. Petites watch out, and ensure that the pants are sufficiently short.
Black Top: Choose a solid pullover or knitted top — fitted, fluid or oversized — with a neckline of your choice to create the column of black. The neckline needs to be low enough to tie a scarf onto bare skin. Wear it untucked.
Dressy Loafers or Oxfords: Add a pair of black dressy oxfords or loafers. Heeled or flat Mary Janes will also work, and will add to the Modern Retro vibe of the outfit. By all means, add a pair of non-neutral shoes to the mix. This could be super cute if it picks up the colours in your accessories.
Add sheer black knee-highs or dainty trouser socks to keep your feet and ankles warm. If you like, you could also play around with a subtle patterned sock, but that will dress down the outfit.
Topper: Top the outfit off with a neutral or coloured wool coat, trench coat, or moto jacket.
Dressy Accessories: A silky square scarf is a must and makes the look. Tie it in a reef or square knot snugly against the neck, making sure the ends lie flat (this post on knot tying shows you how to do that). If you have a shorter neck, tie the knot loosely around the neck, and wear a top with a V-neckline. Finish off the look with a dressy non-neutral bag in a solid or pattern that matches the scarf. The match is not a must, but will help pull the outfit together. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.
I would wear these outfits minus the black footwear. I would choose red, cream or gold to complement my pale complexion. I’d also amp up the brights and wear pearls with the scarf. How about you?