school girl meets rocker | how to wear blacks

I think it’s probably an undisputed fact that black is the chicest, easiest, greatest color of all time. No lie. Classics like the little black dress just wouldn’t be the same if they were purple, broody teenagers would look way less angsty in brown, and Jay-Z absolutely would have lost like 15 cool points had he insisted in all gray everything. Though admittedly, black is a little tricky for owners of little white fur babies such as myself, from a stylistic view it’s adaptable and, let’s face it, downright effortless.
As if I didn’t live in beanies as it were, I recently received this killer spiked number from my friend Mandy who works for Steve Madden (and who will soon hopefully be contributing in some style posts of her very own!), and have hardly been able to take it off because I just love it so much. So much in fact that this entire look was styled around this wondrous little piece of badassery.
I like the juxtaposition of pairing such a rough piece with something as innocent as this a-line dress from Express. I hid the sweetheart neckline, accentuated my waist, and added interest by knotting up a basic stripe top over the dress. A structured faux leather moto jacket mimics the angles of my dress-turned-skirt, while knee socks keep it playful and ready for fall. Classic faux leather plimsolls and a studded backpack play up the look and create a grown-up school yard vibe that I’m definitely feelin’.

To achieve optimum outfit awesomeness when styling all or mostly black looks, keep the following few things rattling around in your pretty little head

  • Match your blacks. Please, dear God, match your blacks
  • If it’s ill fitting, don’t rock it. Try structure and clean lines
  • Stave off blandness by mixing textures and fabrics
  • Maximize black’s magical slimming properties and experiment with tighter silhouettes (insert catcall whistle here)
  • Use your all black base to showcase a pop of color or bit of bling
  • Transition your look from day to evening by swapping a nude lip for a bolder one

beanie – Steve Madden (here)
strapless a-line dress – Express (similar here)
stripe top – Sheinside (here)
moto jacket – Forever 21 (similar here)
knee socks – Forever 21 (here)
plimsolls – Forever 21 (here)
backpack – thrifted (similar here)


writing to – Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Broadripple is Burning

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