Listen, all black everything isn’t a trend, a fad, or a phase. Issa mood boo! You either love it or you don’t, so force it, nor should you run from it:-) Embrace what you love and never set limitations on yourself. At the end of the day, how you look greatly impacts how you feel. With that being said, if wearing black on black makes you feel confident, sexy, or stylish, get after it! Even in the spring and summer:-) In this post, I'll show you how!
5 Insanely Easy Tricks to
Wear Black on Black in the Spring
My Undying Love Affair with Black
I fell in love with black over ten years ago. Contrary to popular belief, black is not my favorite color, but it just gets me, you know what I mean? Black is muted, yet still powerful; sexy, but not loud; chic but never desperate…it’s the dopest color that’s technically not even a color! Nerd moment: black is actually an absorption of all other colors in the spectrum, mind blowing, I know, lol!
Anyway, black is lit! And you don’t have to wait until winter and fall to rock it. I’m going to share with you top flight secrets from a pro (that’d be me, ha!), on how to wear all black everything even in the spring!
How It All Began
As I said a few lines up, I’ve been wearing all black for about a decade now. It began when I started out a professional makeup artist. Things were a LOT different back then, and many newer artists like myself got our break by being assistants first to some of the most influential makeup artists in the world. I was blessed to assist the renown Kabuki for 2 years, and he was most certainly all about “setiquette”. Setiquette is a word made up by fashion industry pros that basically mean you know how to behave yourself on a formal set with photographers, creative directors, and the like. You don’t show up late, you wash brushes, you steam clothes, you get coffee, don’t talk too much, don’t annoy the talent, you know—be everything and nothing at the same time!
So during those days, the artists on set were required to wear all black. It wasn’t odd to me, in fact it made a lot of sense. I’d go home sometimes covered in makeup, so why not wear a color that I didn’t mind getting stains on. The uniform sort of stuck and as I walked down those bustling streets of New York City, I noticed that I wasn’t the only one wearing all black! After working in fashion many years later, I discovered that wearing all black just became a lifestyle for so many of us. It’s the epitome of being edgy and laid back at the same time. It’s effortless cool, and after all, that’s what we’re all about at Alexis Loves:-)
Black Will Always Be the New Black
Despite the annual fashion giants attempt to discover the new thing to replace the tireless beast that is black, black will always be the ‘new black’! Artists in New York and all over the world have been wearing this ‘trend’ for ages, and we’ll continue to! In addition to all of this, I honestly love the simplicity of wearing all black. It’s become my signature look after all these years, and it save me a lot of time pulling myself together in the mornings. Kinda how Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, have described having a ‘uniform’—read more on that here, it’s quite genius, if you haven’t!
Where I Stand Now
As with all things, seasons change, and I’m no longer working as a full-time makeup artist in New York. For the first time in years, I craved something different, and with that change so did my color palette. Hold on girl, don’t get all crazy on me, I’m not out here wearing canary yellows and periwinkles for goodness sakes, lol! However, I have incorporated a more neutral palette. And it’s been, dare I say it, fun! I’m wearing more browns, denim, nudes, and whites, now. Of course, I still wear all black, often—old habits die hard—but you just might see me toss in a coral top here and there.
All black is a lifestyle, and it’ s not one that shuts down in the spring and summer! Be you, and don’t sweat it (no pun intended, hehe) if people think you should wear more color, or think you’re a goth chick or anything else that’s not true. Do what you love and love what you do! Now let’s hop into my top secrets on how to pull off that timeless black on black life—even in the warmer months!
5 Tips for Wearing Black On Black In the Springtime
Be Mindful of the Fabrics
Okay, this may be an obvious one, but swap out all your black wool and thick linens from the winter for cotton and rayons. Opt for stylish sheer tops, linen pants, and cute chambray dresses!
Play With Prints & Patterns
Who says you can’t play with black prints and still be about that all black life? I love polka dots, black floral, and stripes, just to name a few. I find that mixing in a top or bottom with a pattern or print, makes the OVERALL look appear “lighter”. Sometimes all black can present this “heaviness” to your look. I believe this perception is one of the reasons it’s avoided in the warmer months—no one wants to look heavy when out trying to enjoy the gorgeous spring air! So by incorporating a lighter, and more light-hearted print, you can lessen the load of the look, and still enjoy your black:-)
Let Some Skin Peek Through
Another obvious tip for wearing black in the spring is to let a little skin show! Don’t get almost naked out here in these streets, I said PEEK through, lol! This tip includes things like sporting some cool black cutoff shorts, black off the shoulder tops, halters, strapless tanks, etc. Letting some skin show helps cut down on the heat absorbed from wearing all black, and also gives you some good ole’ vitamin D!
You want to mix in some styles of clothing that aren't very form-fitted or tight fitting so that wearing all black can be more bearable. As we know, black attracts heat, and white reflects it. Similarly, tight clothing attracts heat, while looser fitting clothing allows air to flow through. So aim for some great loose fitting black pieces. Things like black boyfriend shorts, black culottes, flowing skirts, etc.
Mix in Color with Makeup
Finally, mix in some color with your all black look, by playing with makeup! Now, I never said be totally void of color, there’s nothing wrong with strategic shots of fun here and there, is it? I love to let makeup be my ‘pop’ of color when I wear all black. Try a bright lipstick, berry stained cheeks, or a gorgeous bronze highlighter to spice up the look!
All Black Everything Issa Mood
Listen, all black everything isn’t a trend, a fad, or a phase. Issa mood boo! You either love it or you don’t, so don't force it, nor should you run from it:-) Embrace what you love and never set limitations on yourself.
With that being said, if wearing black on black makes you feel confident, sexy, or stylish, get after it! Even in the spring and summer:-) But take these tips with you, you’re gonna need them. Happy shopping and slaying in this beautiful weather!
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