How I Style: Black
One of my resolutions for the new year was to incorporate more outfit, fashion, and style content on my social media profiles. To be completely honest, I don’t dress that well, at least not in my own opinion. Although I’ve gotten a lot better in the past few years thanks to the surge of style bloggers on Instagram and YouTube, I’m no style goddess. My style also doesn’t have a theme. Some days I’m dressed like your typical “Instagram Baddie,” and the next I’m in sweats and fleece hoodies, with a lot of in between. If you’re anything like me or are searching for some style ideas, welcome! I hope these outfits give you a few ideas.
Black is one of my favorite colors to wear for a few reasons: it’s slimming, it’s simple, and it goes with everything. All black outfits can either look one of two ways with me, though. I either look like I’m back to my scene-esque days where I wore black skinny jeans and graphic band tees, or I look like a mime. The way I like to solve this is to add a pop of color somehow. Usually the color is white, like in both the first and second outfits I’m modeling.
Outfit One Details: As I said before, I have no theme to my style, so I often throw more edgy pieces with feminine ones to balance the entire look. The top I have on is a black and white peasant style blouse, with flouncy arms and a looser fit. I love wearing this shirt on days I feel bloated because it hides the areas I’m feeling insecure about, but without swallowing me up in loads of fabric. Too flouncy shirts can often hide curves, and I like to show off mine (at least most of the time). I love the keyhole tie-up in the front. Straight necklines can make me look boxy since my shoulders are so broad, so the detail takes the focus off my broadness and on to my chest without being too scandalous.
These black pants are more of a legging material; they’re super stretchy and comfortable. Again, this material is great for a “feeling fat” day. They’re a looser fit on me as I’ve lost weight since I purchased them, but I enjoy that these aren’t skintight since I’m acquiring more jeans that are and want some variation. They’re quite distressed, which tones down the girlish feel of the blouse and keeps me from seeming like I’m still twelve years old. I have the ankles rolled since I’m short and don’t care for the scrunched-up-pant look.
The boots…are not mine. They’re my twin sister’s boots, but I borrow them quite often. Normally I would wear the booties that you’ll see featured in the next outfit, but this day it was rainy, so I chucked these on. I love them because they’re not a clunky rain-boot (like the one’s I own) and are quite stylish, but still go above the ankle for at least a little splash protection. They’re also not heavy as all-get-out, which makes them so much easier to walk in.
Outfit Two Details: The next outfit is my absolute favorite out of the three. It looks so expensive to me, when in reality I got every single piece I’m wearing on clearance. Again, my theme is basically “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color” with a pop of white thrown in. Something I love doing, which you’ll see across all three outfits, is to add a pattern if I’m not adding a pop of color that isn’t white. This black mock neck crop top is one of my favorite winter items in my whole wardrobe, and it only cost me four dollars! A steal for how Upper East Side Gossip Girl I feel in it. If I had a nice glass elevator to take these pictures in, the show would reboot and hire me as a cast member. Say hello to little K.
Anyway, since the shirt is very form fitting, I went looser on the bottoms. That’s something I suggest for any look, since outfits that are too skintight can look somewhat cheap and multiple baggy pieces can look sloppy. These pants have an elastic waistband that helps give me shape in the tummy area, and the loose fit and flare cut accentuate my wider bottom.
I paired this outfit with my favorite black booties. They have the perfect amount of heel to them, but I’ll admit that they’re not the most comfortable ones out there and I would like to purchase a replacement for them. Until then, though, they’ll have to work. The height in these booties helps to keep the pants from looking too terribly long, even though I probably should just ask my Nana to hem them for me (nanas are always on point in the sewing department). The pants are honestly so long that you can’t even see my shoes, but since this is such a sleek outfit, I don’t mind at all.
Outfit Three Details: This is the most laid-back outfit of these three, but it’s also the most versatile and can be dressed up or down. Since I had dressed up for three out of the four days I went to class this week, I decided to go more relaxed with this look. The base of the outfit is all black everything: I’m wearing the same black mock neck from the previous outfit, and I have it paired with plain black cotton leggings. This is a very Kim Kardashian-like base, and if you wanted to dress this up, you could pair this with thigh-high boots or even the ankle booties from the last outfit.
For me, I wanted to add that pop of color, so I decided to throw this camouflage baseball jersey on top. It’s oversized (maybe even a little too oversized for me now) and adds that sporty-chic look to the outfit. I used to hate camo, but I like the subtle camo print that isn’t too bright and in your face, and doesn’t look like cartoon camo. To further accentuate the athleisure look, wore all black sneakers, have been my favorite as of late. They’re just so cute and comfortable!
I hope you all enjoyed this first little outfit post. I definitely plan to do a Valentine’s Day look book post, so stay tuned for that.
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.