Outfit of the Week: Paint It Black

By ModCloth Writer: Jennifer Chen

Here at ModCloth, we love our color. From our office decor to our daily outfits, color never fails to make an appearance. I love the technicolor ensembles and products that come through the door each day, but strangely enough, when it comes to dressing myself, I’m inexplicably drawn to black.  I love  my prints and patterns and colors like any other person, but somehow, whenever I leave my apartment I’m always head-to-toe in monochrome.

Don’t get me wrong, dressing in black does have its perks. I never have to worry about matching shades, stains are a non-issue, and its chic status means I’m guaranteed to look somewhat pulled together, even when I’m feeling a mess. I’ve also grown to enjoy the challenge of dressing in one color and matching different textures, cuts, and fits. So, as the little black sheep in the ModCrowd, I figured I would use my first Outfit of the Week post and see if I could rustle up an outfit in my staple shade.

With how much we stock on ModCloth.com, it was a cinch finding one-tone items in our vast digital closet! Given my love for theatrical forms, it’s no surprise I was gravitationally pulled towards the trapeze shape of the In the Year Two Thousand Twenty Tunic. To balance off the top’s dramatic cut, I wiggled into the New Black Skinnies, and then added a little grunge with the faux leather Heidkrüger Boots. To add a metallic sheen, I stacked my wrists with the Queen of Sparta Cuff, Buckle Up Bangle, and the Clash Bracelet. I grabbed the gorgeously studded, vegan-friendly Lita Clutch in Luna for a jolt of color, and then swept off to give Joseph, one of our photographers, my best Blue (Black?) Steel.

What are your thoughts on an one-tone ensemble? Am I alone in my love for monochrome? Or do you have a color you can’t resist either?

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  1. Turi 11/12/2009 at 12:24 pm #

    LOVE this! Great idea to add a pop of color with the clutch. And your photo is picture perfect!

  2. Jen 11/12/2009 at 12:29 pm #

    That tunic is amazing, and I love the way you’ve worked monochrome here – especially how you’ve used it to make that clutch pop! Brilliant.

  3. Angela 11/12/2009 at 12:59 pm #

    This is chic! I love the monochrome and the little pop of turquios color! Amazing!

  4. Richard 11/12/2009 at 1:18 pm #

    Love it, Jenn. Sincerely, your fellow fan of black garb. ; )

  5. Pam 11/12/2009 at 1:19 pm #

    great outfit. I never dress in monochrome but willing to give it a shot. I usually don’t match on purpose most days. Bright colors and patterns complete me.

  6. Annie 11/12/2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Looks flawless, Jenn!

  7. Angela 11/12/2009 at 1:52 pm #

    I actually find black hard to match because it can vary in shade from garment to garment. The undertones of the hue can be different colors, so it doesn’t always look good. The ensemble you’ve assembled, however, looks nice – different textures and sheens but no distracting clashing of different shades of black. Very dramatic but clean.

  8. Bobbilyann 11/12/2009 at 3:29 pm #

    Ah I too dress all in black. It’s normally a very dramatic black velvet, boots and skirt sort of thing.

  9. Joseph 11/12/2009 at 5:56 pm #

    Very nice Jenn!!

  10. Maya 11/12/2009 at 7:24 pm #

    Black is perfect because you never have to worry if you’ve sat in something on the train.

  11. Kit 11/13/2009 at 12:25 am #

    I too love black, but I usually don’t dress completely black because I look like a Goth with my skin being very pale. But you can’t beat the simple black outfit!

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