Black is Always the New Black

No matter how vociferously designers, stores and the press promote color, good old black remains a big favorite. Certainly, living here in the big city, black for fall transitions so smoothly to the whipping winds and cold city streets that beckon at our doorstep. So, what do we do? We blend in with the landscape.

“The color black does not make mistakes”, said Caroline de Maigret, model and muse, in an interview for How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, a guide to French secrets, which she wrote with three friends. While it’s no secret that inky tones never go out of fashion, there are some gems in the book as a reminder that when in doubt, go back to black.

You may think wearing head-to-toe black is quite boring, but the look can actually be pretty badass. It is simply a matter of styling, and mixing textures, fabrics, and shapes. Curating a monochrome wardrobe will keep you from milling over outfit options in the morning, since nothing can ever mismatch. And, black just looks so damn chic 24/7.

Here is how I styled an almost all-black head-to-toe look, sans the denim jeans, transitioning from summer to fall working with a slip dress, a black sheer top, black jeans, and Birkenstocks. And then adding layers on top of layers.

black slip dress

black slip dress

black slip dress

Topshop black slip dress // Topshop black silk shirt //Frame denim  jeans // Anna Coroneo scarf // Ray-Ban sunnies // Birkenstocks / / Pierre Hardy bag

For the quick transition to fall/ winter weather, add sweaters, boots and hats. They are the statement pieces du jour.

black turtleneck

how to style an all-black look

cozy turtlenecks

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens 

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Consider Breaking The Fashion Rules

Abiding by rules can be limiting, whether at school or at your job, yet with the restrictions come a sense of cohesiveness in our lives. Without those rules, most of us would be lost. The same does not apply to fashion rules which can equate to a pedestrian sartorial existence. Whether you feel obligated to store away your whites after Labor Day or believe you should only wear a gown with heels, put away those thoughts for a minute. Thankfully it only takes a little moxie to veer from convention to original, and if so inclined, to move towards an unorthodox way of thinking.

There are just so many ways to wear a simple shirt and a pair of pants but I find it so normore to wear what everybody else is wearing. Yes, I follow the trends, but I try to do so keeping true to myself. As I learned yesterday in the dressing room of life, not everybody can look fab in a  maxi dress.

Fashion is also an art, meant to have trials and errors. I tested the untrodden waters of wearing a bralet over an old vintage shirt. I am still on the fence whether I liked it or not, but it empowered me to break some long-adhered-to fashion rules. My goal was to emulate the runway of the Dries Van Noten show, where life is a breezy fairy-tale aura, as if from some faraway time or place. But life isn’t a runway, and sometimes, the looks do or don’t translate on the streets.

In spite of the warmly welcome three days of strange spring-like heat we’ve been lucky enough to endure, the Weather Channel informed me that it is supposed to rain and snow this weekend. Yes, you will have to replace your blazers and leather jackets with heavier coatssweaters and turtlenecks. Until then, let’s revel in this Spring-like weather and wear nothing but a bra outdoors.

bralet over shirt

gold shirts and black pants

Stella McCartney platforms

I am wearing a vintage shirt get one similar here // Dries van Noten pants // Eres bra or Alexander Wang// Stella McCartney platforms // Tiffany sunglasses

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Inside Chanel: A Fashion Film

Fashion has a way of weaving itself into one’s life dictated by something as simple as our daily rituals. Brands are getting in on the action, creating content in the form of short videos as part of their seasonal advertising campaigns. Some brands are pushing the boundaries with novel narrative content, like Miu Miu and Alexander Wang using big budget directors. Looking at the current crop of fashion films, evidently Chanel’s “The Colours” got it right.

This morning, as I was reading BoF, a daily must-read, I thoughthis tidbit of information was fascinating. Black was primarily worn by servants and those in mourning until Chanel made the shade synonymous with elegance and used it to reveal “a women’s radiance”?

This fact is amongst other pearls of wisdom revealed in “The Colours” by Chanel, which, in three minutes, explains the history of each of Chanel’s iconic shades. Educational, yet fun and easy to absorb, the short clip is part of a chapter of the hugely popular “Inside Chanel” series, consisting of 12 original films that recount Coco Chanel’s life and the history of the house she founded.

If I had to live by one code, it would be the Chanel code. I live by these emblematic colors as evident in my wardrobe. Black. White. Beige. Gold. Red.

The short film below explains the five emblematic colors behind the storied house. It’s time to revamp my closet. Yet again. Watch.

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Kicking the Habit

I might as well face it, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Although I try to let go, the constant stream of information is my digital security blanket. It lights up in the palm of my hand, gives me notifications and likes!, and takes on a life as its own. Why can’t I, you, we, collective us, let go and just say no?

To be transparent, I’m trying hard to wean myself off this habit, and unplug. Anytime I find myself in a quiet moment, I find it almost impossible not to check my screen. Lately though, I have been putting it face down on a table when I am sitting with somebody, in an effort to resemble an engaged human being.

I don’t need to ask whether it rings true for anybody else. Just look at yourself and around you. We are all in a collective daze as we pass each other by.

iPhone 6

white shirt denim jeans

Similar to the days of sneaking notes blatantly in class, no one seems to adhere to the rules. But if it really is having a legitimate effect on our relationships that matter, maybe it’s time to flush our phones down the proverbial toilet in the presence of friends, business partners, and loved ones who we’d like to stick around.

This weekend, I am going to try an experiment, to use my phone as little as possible. When I come up for air on Monday, I will let you know the blow-by-blow results.

How will I be able to control myself when e-commerce site Moda Operandi will be selling an 18-karat gold iPhone 6, on sale this Thursday, that is sure to be the perfect chichi gadget of the year. Ee Gads!

iPhone addiction

I am wearing: Theory blouse // Frame Denim jeans // Oliver Peoples West sunglasses // Nicholas Kirkwood sandals// Jerome Dreyfuss python cross-body bag // Kendra Scott ring

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Dipped in Blue

Happy Monday!

Did this morning’s alarm clock hit you on the head like a hedge hammer? Check. Me too. It is very hard to adjust back to getting up at 7am, pumped and ready for the daily grind when the thermometer hits 40 degrees as a high, to first start thinking about getting dressed. What? I know what will go into my Matcha Tea smoothie, but can’t figure out what to wear. You with me?

I would so love to constantly be inspired by my wardrobe angel and have the garments in my closet come to me and figure it all out for themselves. But where’s the creativity in that? Getting dressed can be such a drag and sometimes you just want to throw in the proverbial towel and call it quits on this thing called fashion.

Everybody has a different lifestyle, places to go that demand different protocol. But if you practice at pulling things together, it can become clearer how to work your wardrobe to its maximum potential.

Here’s a first stab at how to dress this week tapping into fall’s trend for wide leg pants and monochrome dressing. Bright cobalt blue is on the color wheel for Fall, and I didn’t think I could pull it off especially by infusing an unlikely white to balance it out. And that wall? Swear it wasn’t planned.

Don’t like blue? Try black. Balance the wide leg with a cropped sweater and sneakers today. Tomorrow, try pointy-toe flats.

blue leather jacket

Wearing: Kevin Shahroozi leather jacket // GAP turtleneck // Tom Ford sunglasses // Elizabeth & James wide leg pants// Saint Laurent sneakers

monochrome blue

blue leather jacket

monochrome blue

Saint Laurent sneakers

dress in blue

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Sale Time

Just a quick reminder that it’s sale time on one of my favorite sites, SHOPBOP. Whether you’ve been holding out on your favorite basics for the upcoming winter season or lusting over a new bag for the past few months, there’s really no better time to pull the trigger than sale time at 25% off site-wide. Personally, I spend most of my time perusing through the site for good basics like striped tees and pajamas.  And let’s be honest, I’m always looking for more stuff and my wish list is never-ending… here are just a few of my favorite picks! Shopbop CHANEL CC bucket bag // AUDEN earrings //  DANNIJO sami ear cuff // ALEJANDRA J sandals // ELIZABETH AND JAMES ring //  T By ALEXANDER WANG // TORY BURCH leather belt bag // DITA VON TEESE sunglasses // PAULA BIANCO wrap scarf // KATE SPADE blue embossed croc watch// SALVATORE FERRAGAMO slip-ons

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The Basics

Fall is here and although this morning’s high of 50 degrees is as chilly as I want it to ever be, consider what is on the horizon. Old Man Winter. Ba humbug. Overall, it’s no fun to look at Fall without seeing a silver lining, which is in this case, how to start your wardrobe off with good basics and layer everything you own on top.

What does this mean? Pull those white shirts and denim jeans in the forefront of your closet where they will serve as a reminder that maybe they need a refresher course. Perfect timing because right now, what I refer to as the BASICS, crisp white shirts, turtlenecks, denim of all types, and outerwear is on sale right now through Columbus Day. Natch.

white shirt and denim

Madewell shirt // J. Crew jeans // Oliver People West sunglasses // Anneliese Michelson gold carnivore choker // Nicholas Kirkwood heels  // Jerome Dreyfuss cross body.

Ready to raid your closet?

First, identify your favorite jeans and put them on. Make sure they fit and flatter. Next, put on that white crisp shirt. Let it loose. Put on heels and a mini cross body clutch. Put a necklace on. Layer a sweater over the white shirt, a scarf over that, and consider a hat and an oversized coat.

white shirt and denim

And what a better way to celebrate the good times than a day off? You tell me.

Click below to get your basics on during the Columbus Day salesssss!

Here’s the scoop:

J. Crew Factory 50% off entire site 

Piperlime 20% off with code FALL20

Old Navy 20% off with code DEAL

Banana Republic 30% off with code BRWEEKEND

Ann Taylor LOFT 50% LOFT with code OURTREAT

Madewell 30% off with code OHFALL

Club Monaco up to $100 off with code FALSELY

Forever21 30% off with code TAKE30

Macy’s 30% off with code FALL 

Land’s End 25% off with code Cool

There you have it: now go enjoy!

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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In My Shopping Cart

Refreshingly down-to-earth or absolutely out of this world, however you take it, Fall is about warming up to new ways to wear last season’s must-haves, and updating with cozy knits, pops of color, slip dresses, and back to the 70′s fringe! Then Normcore was born. And here we are.

Here is my hit list of the most wanted trends. Choose wisely.

fall finds

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Navy and Black

Deciding to wear a single color from head to toe takes commitment and a dash of daring. There is a reason most women seeking monochromatic outfits immediately gravitate towards an all-black ensemble. The color black does not make mistakes,” said Caroline de Maigret, model and muse, and author of “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are,” a guide to French secrets, which she wrote with three friends. While it’s no secret that inky tones never go out of fashion, her advice — and there are some gems in the book — is a reminder that when in doubt, go back to black.

As a fair-skinned, golden blonde girl, an all-black look can definitely overwhelm my face, not to mention my small frame. Always testing new waters, I decided to try navy with black accessories instead. The blue hue often gets overlooked, but navy is a fresh alternative to harsh black. Plus, the shade is completely classic, and paired with black, it’s the subtle contrast that makes the navy stand out. I am also open to scarves in hues of blue like teal!, and gold accessories that enhance my hair color.

The look, relaxed but put together, is quirkier than your office-appropriate work wear, but polished enough for an unexpected encounter with the boss. Here are my looks to help you pull off a head-to-toe dark look.

navy outfit

navy and black

navy and black

navy and black

navy and black

Wearing Alasdair top and leggings  // Alexander McQueen patent clutch // Patent leather Birkenstocks // Annelise Michelson carnivore choker

Photos: Jeff Thibodeau

 

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Transitional Dressing

Transitions are always tough. I can tell you first hand that moving from place to place is hard at first and then quite rewarding. Switching one’s eating habits from caffeinated beverages and sugary confections, to eating raw, healthy, clean food can be quite a challenge. Transitional weather can also be a bitch. On this unofficial 15th day of in-between seasonal panic of not fall, but isn’t summer either, what are you/we to wear? A T-shirt and sandals, or a sweater and socks?

Street style looks from Paris definitely help out in this instance, but I try to rely on my gut instincts. I like to cover my legs keeping them warm, but also allow for you to continue to show off your how nice your toes look when your feet are still vaguely bronzed and pedicured. Here I am working the downtown chic angle on this season’s tomboy-cool overall trend, with this slouchy pair of black overalls, coated with a glossy finish, and sandals.

So, what do you wear during this transitional time?

black overalls

Asos sunglasses // Prada top // 3×1 black glossy overalls // Celine sandals // McQueen clutch

black coated overalls

downtown chic

black overalls

black overalls

black overalls

Kendra Scott double ring// Maya J bracelets// Catbird rings // OPI Purple with a Purpose

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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