As a wardrobe stylist I love experimenting with fashion. Browse my closet and you'll see the stash is far from ordinary...prints and textures galore, shoes in every color, MAJOR statement jewelry. I'm in my glory when I dig in and start throwing looks together...the more novel the better, most of the time. However, there is one basic I can't get enough of. The color black. Black pants, black leggings, black dresses...it's pretty out of control. And I know I'm not the only one. My grandmother, who's chic in Chanel at age 90, is one of my style icons. She wears plenty of color, looks lovely no matter what she wears really, but she swears by black as the ultimate classic. Nothing more elegant she insists...she will always go back to this time and again. And I wouldn't dare argue with her. Which brings me to my current conundrum...boots. Boots are my number one weakness when fall rolls around. I always manage to spot about a hundred styles every fall that I wouldn't mind getting my hands on. Seriously. My wishlist is a million miles long, and there's plenty of color to be found, but there's also a lot of black. To help visualize the current scenario, I created two collages. One depicts the black boots and booties I already own. The other depicts a good size sampling of the styles I'm after. As far as I can tell, there's enough variation between these shoes to justify every single pair if I really wanted. But you tell me...is it just too much? Is there a tipping point, even for black? To be fair, I wear every single pair of boots in the first collage. Several of them are winter staples for me, and I absolutely love them all.
Boots I Own (clockwise from top left): Paper Fox by ShoeDazzle cut-out booties, Report Signature over-the-knee boots, DV by Dolce Vita cut-out booties, Irregular Choice hidden wedge boots, Report Signature buckle booties, and Steve Madden platform booties.
One look I'm loving right now is big, full skirts. Not just the skirt but the way it's worn. Preferably with a simple tee, either cropped or tucked in. The idea is that the skirt is opulent and voluminous, so your top half should be understated...a modest complement to the not-so-modest bottom. The ideal skirt should fit at the narrowest part of your waist, to balance out the volume and prevent the appearance of added weight on your frame. This is why it's also important that your top is either tucked in or slightly cropped to fall just above the waistline. (You do not want a shirt that falls over the skirt as this would add bulk to your mid-section.) Top off the look with one fabulous accessory, like a statement necklace, and you're good to go!
When it comes to shopping for a nice, full skirt...I adore this option from nastygal.com! Nasty Gal styles it edgy for sure, but the skirt is super versatile. It fits high on the waist and has the right amount of fullness needed to master this look. Plus you can't go wrong with black and at only $68 it looks ultra posh for the price...do you see that silky soft sheen? You could absolutely rock this skirt for a holiday party or event in the next few months, and in fact I would recommend it! It's a chic, fashion-forward look that I myself plan to try out this holiday season.
Luisa Lucia is a Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist and lifelong fashion fanatic.