Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Present Perfect: Not-So-Basic Black & Luxe Neutrals

If yesterday's vibrant metallics and jewel tones are too loud or fussy for your taste, this post on your not-so-basic black and neutrals is just for you. There's no reason to go out and buy wildly sparkly or bright outfits if you'll only wear them once a year, so the nude neutrals and l.b.d.'s of today could prove appropriate for an array of events in your future. These pieces have become wardrobe staples with which you'll be able to mix a variety of textures, colors, and accessories if you want to play them up. Or feel free to keep the look monochromatic for a thoroughly minimalist vibe. Either way, you'll be sitting pretty year-round.

L.B.D.- Lindsey's Black Dress-code
On a personal note, I have never been more drawn to black as I am this year. But black, for a redhead, can really suck the life out of my complexion. Therefore, for me and for many of you reading this post, it's important to keep in mind the mixture of textures when you wear black (a la Celine below). A flat, plain black top or dress can really make us look lifeless, but add a little sheen or sheer and the fabric suddenly becomes quite alluring. So when you wear black, remember to mix your textures- a jersey dress with a velvet jacket, sheer tights and patent pumps is always interesting, elegant and timeless.

Celine Fall 2010 Runway Look

Rebecca Taylor Asymmetrical Black Ruffle Dress from Net-A-Porter

L'Agence Mesh-Panel Mini Dress from Net-A-Porter

Halston Heritage Asymmetrical Jersey Mini Dress

The new neutrals offer a refreshing perspective on versatile dressing. Not only are these an unexpected yet appropriate option for winter but they will most certainly carry over into the spring and summer. Once again, year-round dressing saves the day, closet space and wallet. For now, offset ivories, creams, pale pinks and taupes with black jackets, belts, bags and shoes. Or for day time, keep your color palette autumnal with brown boots and emerald green accents. (Wouldn't the Chloe look below be gorgeous with an emerald green tweed jacket and Frye boots for a glamorous day out on the farm?)

Chloe Fall 2010 Runway Look

Alice & Olivia Georgette Draped Mini Dress from Net-A-Porter

Helmut Lang Draped Jersey Dress from Beanie & Cecil

Paul & Joe Prasline Asymmetrical Wool-Crepe Dress from Net-A-Porter

Troubador Sans Souci Dress from Beanie & Cecil

With any of these gorgeously essential pieces, you could never go wrong. Add a sparkly earring and gigantic cocktail ring to push your look into an evening of glamour. Black shoes and tights will keep you warm at night.

Even though it's early, I'm wishing you all a beautiful and meaningful holiday season. Here's to good cheer, good friends and the opportunity to express our sartorial creativity!

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