Lately my mornings have been even more rushed than usual. I make a solid effort to get things organized the night before but it rarely ends up happening. My evenings are usually spent chatting with my husband, cooking dinner (or doing take-out), and catching up on an episode on my DVR. And then I go to bed really early. I am not a night owl. I’m an early-to-bed, (very) early-to-rise kind of person. I relish my early, early mornings. I’m much more productive in the a.m. hours and therefore I guess I just procrastinate on everything – blog work, answering e-mails, writing thank-you notes, wrapping a birthday gift, whatever it may be! – until then. Needless to say, figuring out what to wear takes last priority.
That’s where the head-to-toe black comes in. It’s the easiest way to look put-together when you haven’t a clue what to wear or you’re crunched for time. If you have some key black pieces in your closet, it’s pretty much effortless, too. In my opinion, those “key pieces” include: a perfect-fitting t-shirt (this one from Vince is my absolute favorite right now), a blazer, a pair of tailored pants (in leather and denim, too), a cashmere sweater, and of course, one or two little black dresses (try this one or this one). Since these are things that get worn all the time, I think it’s important to buy things that will last (classic over trendy) but that doesn’t mean they have to be super expensive. This LBD, for example, rings in at under $100. The same goes for this pair of (faux) leather pants from Michael Kors. I’m always scouring The Outnet for good deals, too.
One of the best things about black is that any color and/or print you add in really stands out. My Candy Land-pink ballet flats from Loeffler Randall look even brighter, and the polka-dots are even more playful. A touch of color and a whimsical print always lighten (and brighten) things up.
Photos by Molly Miller