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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO STOP BUYING IN BLACK!
Clockwise from left: White Moto Jacket, VICTORIA’S SECRET, $208; Mink Leather Jacket, DOROTHY PERKINS, $78; Pink Leather Jacket, RIVER ISLAND, $240; Blue Leather Jacket, TOPSHOP, $370; Beige Leather Jacket, MANGO, $150
You probably have enough black in your wardrobe already, so what’s really to be gained from buying yet another black pencil skirt? What about pink, or white, or periwinkle? Black is great when you’re trying out a trendy, new silhouette like an asymmetric mini or a fringed jacket, but classic wardrobe staples like pencil skirts and blazers are the perfect place to experiment with color and print. Wear them with neutrals to start, then go color-on-color crazy as you get more comfortable. Black is great and all, but it’s not much fun, and dressing should be fun.
1. Leather jackets
A black leather jacket is a classic, but it can sometimes feel a little heavy in the spring and summer. Why not try a pastel version instead? Pastels go great with everything from denim, to brights, to, well, black and they are always big for spring, so a lighter leather jacket will ever really go out of style. It’s the perfect combination of hard-edged and soft — great for adding a subtly cool vibe to girlier trends, like lace and floral.
From top to bottom: Pink Wayfarer Sunglasses, FOREVER 21, $6; Green Wayfarer Sunglasses, MICHAEL KORS, $99; Fuchsia Sunglasses, SHERIFF & CHERRY, $125; Pink and Tortoise Sunglasses, TOPSHOP, $28; Clear Sunglasses With Green Lenses, SMITH OPTICS, $80; Turquoise Sunglasses, ITALIA DEPENDENT, $154; Blue and Pink Sunglasses, CONVERSE, $70
Colorful, reflective lenses are huge this season, especially in bright plastic frames. They’re fun, they help brighten up your face, and it’s almost impossible to tell the $20 ones from the $200 ones. How much more convincing do you really need?
Pastel Camouflage Leggings, PATAGONIA, $44; Blue Graphic Print Leggings, PUMA, $50; Floral Leggings, WITHOUT WALLS, $64
3. Workout leggings
Black leggings are just so damn boring. Enough already! No one is saying you have to “dress up” for the gym, but color is motivating and prints are fun and there isn’t a workout in existence that couldn’t use a little more of both.
Clockwise from top left: Navy T-Shirt Bra, VICTORIA’S SECRET, $40; Blue Strapless Bra With Lace Trim, AERIE, $50; Navy Lace Bra, AERIE, $25; Taupe Bra With Satin Paneling, CACIQUE, $42; Taupe Sheer Bra, CALVIN KLEIN, $44; Blue T-Shirt Bra, TRIUMPH, $23; Purple Underwire Bra, COSABELLA, $19
4. Basic bras
Purple, blue, and grey bras look pretty much identical to black bras under clothes, they’re just more fun and a little springier.
From top to bottom: Snakeskin Pumps, WAYNE BY WAYNE COOPER, $150; Gray Pumps, ZARA, $60; Pink Heels, NEW LOOK, $38; Leopard Print Pumps, VICTORIA’S SECRET, $79; Polka Dot Snakeskin Pumps, ANN TAYLOR, $138; White Pumps, NINE WEST, $79
5. Work pumps
A conservative pair of pumps doesn’t have to be black to be office-appropriate. Shoes are the perfect place to start incorporating a little animal print into your work wardrobe and light neutrals like pink and grey are spring-y without being overly flashy.
From left to right: Chambray Blazer, LOFT, $98; Red Blazer, MANGO, $83; Black-and-White Striped Blazer, ALICE + OLIVIA, $198; Yellow Blazer, ZARA, $119
The sharp, clean lines of a classic blazer look even better with a bold print or bright, Technicolor fabric. Pair one with black, white, and denim to start, then add colorful shoes and accessories to liven things up even more.
Clockwise from top left: Gunmetal Clutch, HALSTON HERITAGE, $295; Gold Metallic Clutch, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, $156; Pewter Envelope Clutch, BCBGMAXAZRIA, $88; Gold Glitter Clutch, KATE SPADE NEW YORK, $328; Silver Wristlet, COACH, $48; Gold Raffia Clutch, RIVER ISLAND, $50
7. Evening clutches
Give your black evening bag a rest for a while. It’s tired. Try something sparkly instead! Metallic gold and silver go great with everything and they’re the most glamorous of all neutrals.
Red Strapless Dress, FOR LOVE & LEMONS, $158; White Asymmetric Wrap Dress, MONIF C., $168; Blue Dress, NASTY GAL, $58
Your go-to little dress doesn’t have to be black. It can be white, or blue, or red — whatever looks best on you. Whatever you’re feeling. The important thing is that it fits you well and isn’t too fussy. That’s what really makes an LBD so versatile — not the color.
Clockwise from left: Multicolored Pencil Skirt, J.CREW, $118; Pink Pencil Skirt, TOPSHOP, $84; White, Beige, and Black Colorblock Skirt, RIVER ISLAND, $60; Blue Lace Skirt, NEW LOOK, $33; Gray Skirt, LABEL LAB, $45
9. Pencil skirts
A printed or colorful pencil skirt is just as work-appropriate as the same skirt in black, but it’s a lot more fun. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and clean for the office, and then throw on a crop top and a leather jacket for the weekend.
Clockwise from top left: Olive Bag, KATE SPADE SATURDAY, $135; Navy Bag, KATE SPADE SATURDAY, $145; Red Envelope Bag, REBECCA MINKOFF, $225; Mustard Bag, ZARA, $90; Blush Bag, FRENCH CONNECTION, $248; Snakeskin Bag, B BRIAN ATWOOD, $395
10. “Good” bags
Every woman has at least one “good” bag — a structured little cross-body that anchors her outfit and easily transitions from work to the weekend. More often than not it’s black, but red or blue or snakeskin can be versatile too, especially in a clean, conservative shape, opening up a whole new world of work-to-weekend dressing.
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