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.
Luisa Lucia is a Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist and lifelong fashion fanatic.