Worker V: 1.8 + Tips for Wearing Black in Spring
Some of you might have seen my tweet/Instagram shot of the new Diane von Furstenburg (DVF) belt I ordered from Shopbop. But just in case you missed this lovely thing, here it is:
Belt girl that I am (they’re a V style staple), I have been craving the tassel belt look ever since I saw the gilded belts in Gucci’s spring 2011 collection. So when the DVF Julie belt arrived at my door, I couldn’t wait to work it into my wardrobe.
Despite the nice spring weather, I’ve been increasingly drawn to black…Are you drawn to certain colors in certain seasons?
Angeline, suffice it to say that there is never a time of year I am not drawn to black. As I’ve written before, it’s my default color, and the basis of my career-girl wardrobe. Angeline did an outstanding job working her black LBD in spring. I have some tips for getting black right in warmer months, but first, what I wore to work last week:
These pants are several years old—but I adore them because of the slits at the ankle. Satin lining in the slit gives them a tuxedo-ish feel (they’re probably intended as evening wear but I’m not relegating them to life in the dark)—and they accentuate your kicks like nobody’s business! Of course, that day my kicks were my sturdiest work pumps, but slip on a sexy sandal with these pants and the effect is no less potent than if you were wearing a skirt and showing a lot more leg.
Tips for Wearing Black in Spring
- Pay attention to the fabric. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it…wool knits, velvet, and tweeds should stay in the back of your closet during warmer months. Think black cotton, linen, eyelet, silk.
- Break up black with pops of bright color. Something I did not do above, but the easiest way to keep black light. Add a neon or red belt. A jangle of candy-colored bangles. Or maybe a gem-colored pump.
- Add warm weather accessories. Now’s the time to carry that cloth, straw, or raffia bag (hint: the latter two don’t pair with business attire). Switch your warm scarves for breezy summer ones. Put your floppy felt hat away for the season and replace it with a straw or summery fabric one.
- Wear open-toed shoes. Whether you can do this in your office is another matter. But even with a lightweight dress or suit, follow Angeline’s move and wear a peep-toe pump. On weekends wear a strappy sandal or a fun wedge with a little black shift or romper.
- Break out your metallics! Absolutely nothing is more luxe than black paired with gold. So pile on your gold necklaces and slip a pair of gleaming gold platform sandals on your feet. Or go for a bold earring or statement ring. These days, metallic handbags in gold, silver, bronze, and pewter come in so many shapes and sizes, it’s likely you’ll find one that can be carried in any season. They are lovely against an all-black look.
- Bring color in through your nails and lipstick. I think coral and bright pink are the ultimate summer colors; if you’re not one to wear a bold lip, give it a try. It really does lift your spirits! And there is no cheaper, easier way to accessorize than with nail polish. This spring, last year’s pastel blues and greens are hot, plus neon nails and yellow.
What do I get asked about more than anything else? It’s not blogging tips or where I found a particular item.
The two questions I am asked repeatedly are: What lipstick are you wearing? What polish is that?
So later this week I’ll share my favorite nail polish and lipstick colors and brands in one post.