Woman in Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Necklace – JC Penney | Shoes – Nine West

When I was in seventh grade I wore black (or black and white) probably 90% of the time.  I wasn’t goth.  I just really liked black and white.  I still do, actually.  And all black can be a really classic look.  Why do you think most women have a “little black dress” in their closet?

But all black can be badly done, too.  Many people think all black is slimming.  If you wear black clothes that are faded, too big, or too tight it just makes you look frumpy, not classy.

My suggestions?  Toss the old, faded, pilled black pieces.  Stick to flattering shapes no matter the color.  Look for items that are current in terms of shape and silhouette.  And remember, when in doubt, add a statement necklace or fun shoes.  That will definitely keep you looking from looking too funereal.

8 replies on “Woman in Black

  1. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    You are so right when you say that all black can look bad! Fit is so key. (And of course you’ve nailed that!) I keep wanting to try a peplum top, you make them look so good, the sleek black pencil skirt makes this look like a super expensive dress.
    That necklace is amazing. I’ve never tried JCP for jewelry, but I’ll have to look now, I love the flowers in the design.

    PS- thanks for the link to the heeled loafers! I checked them out and I think those might have to be my shoe purchase for fall. 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Another blogger posted that they were lusting after a $200+ necklace from J.Crew and I linked her to an almost identical one from JC Penney that was less than $20! Perfect for trendy jewelry!

      I’ll be looking forward to seeing those shoes on your blog for sure.

      1. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

        Heh, that made me laugh. That’s quite a price difference between $200 and $20! (At some point it just becomes silly to pay that much for costume jewelry, unlike fine jewelry, there is a cut-off point for quality. I’ve never seen any expensive costume jewelry that was high enough in quality to warranted a $200 price tag. At that point, the customer is just paying for the brand.) I love that you were able to find your reader a more affordable option. These weekly style help posts you do are really fun and helpful. 🙂

  2. kilax

    That necklace is so neat! I love JCPenney jewelry! I have a hard time envisioning what I will wear stuff with when I see it on the rack in the store though!

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