Black and White Style

I'm not going to lie to you, I don't like this look. I don't know why exactly because in the mirror I thought it looked great. But then going back through these photos I was like meh. I feel like that happens a lot any time I wear black. How weird is that?


Derek Lam: Black Bell Sleeve Coat / Sezane: Audrey Shirt (sold out; similar here) / Sail to Sable: Tweed Mini Skirt / Rebecca Minkoff: Gillen Knee High Black Boots (more in stock here) / Amazon: Black Quilted Bag

I maybe own like 3 black items in my closet when it comes to clothing. I just don't ever gravitate towards it and I rarely ever buy it. I just don't feel comfortable in it or like the way it looks when I do wear this. BUT there have been plenty of times where I'm IN LOVE with my look and it tanks on the blog (and vise versa when I hate it, it does really well). So here we are.

I'm not shopping this month so I'm leaning on Rent the Runway and my closet (obvi) to help out. This jacket looked so chic online and I swear someone much cooler than me could pull it off but I kind of feel like I'm a character in Harry Potter with it on. It may be attributed to the plaid skirt and ruffle collar but it's all I could think about when I saw it lol.

Now this shirt is very long sold out but I first saw it on Carly and she looked SO cute it in. I bought it the next day! It's a great shirt and I'm eager to style it in a way that I actually like the outcome lol. I did find THIS blouse that would be a great option if you're also looking for a ruffle neck top for work (or for anything else).

So why am I posting this even when I don't love it? Because that's how we all work -- you can love something IRL and then take a photo and think WTF. Or you can feel good and then one mention on Harry Potter throws you for a loop. It's not about what you're wearing but how you feel when you're wearing it. I felt good wearing it but I don't love posting it. BUT HERE WE ARE.

So thanks for letting me rant, and either way I hope you like the outfit or have a good laugh over it.



  1. I love the look without the coat. I agree, sometimes you just wear things you are not in love with but you rush in the morning and it happens. I'm the opposite though and have all the black and very little navy.

  2. I love this look, and think you great in it!! It is simple, but that's what makes it feel chic! I too am more of a navy gal, but sometimes I feel like I have to give black some air time lol!! You look awesome!! :)

    xx Libby

  3. I think what's throwing it off is the skirt is just a bit too short for a "wear to work" outfit. A skirt that hits at the knees may balance out the top a bit more.

  4. Honestly, I don't like the coat either haha it does look very "Harry Pottery". But I do love everything else. I don't really gravitate towards black either, or if I do it's because of the fit or style or any other detail in it I like but then when I try it on, the colour kinda throws me off.

    Marta - www.aroundcolours.com

  5. Honestly I think it's the (pretty short) skirt length paired with the super high collar - there's a lot going on and the pieces don't seem to match. It just doesn't really seem like a professional outfit to me. My office dress code is pretty relaxed but even here a skirt that short would probably prompt someone to say something.

  6. Um I think this look is amazing! So glad you shared with us. I don't wear much black either as I normally wear bright colors- whenever I wear a mostly black outfit I feel so edgy, haha!

    xoxo A

  7. I like the look! If I had to say one thing, I don't think I'd pair the top with the jacket, that might be throwing it off? I wouldn't have noticed anything off if you didn't say it though!


  8. Love the look minus the coat! It's very Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl :)

  9. Beautiful skirt!


  10. Well I like the outfit! It’s interesting shapes and textures. I typically wear slightly longer skirts so when I sit down I don’t feel the chair everywhere underneath and I don’t have to keep my knees jammed together while sitting either. Nice outfit!

  11. You look so chic in the black, but I agree - navy is my go-to neutral. Looking great as always!


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