About three years ago, I started cleaning out my closet in order to achieve a clean aesthetic for my wardrobe. That’s when I began to realize how much of my clothing wasn’t being utilized. I became fascinated with minimalism and the effortless approach of the French. I wanted to create a chic all black uniform, based off of my personal style, that I could feel good in everyday.
Here are few ideas to get you started.
Quality black staples are key.
Funding a new wardrobe can get a little pricy, so it's important to spend the money where it counts. Try not to get to carried away with following trends. Focus more of your energy on timeless pieces that won't go out of style. My rule of thumb has always been to spend more on one item, versus less on ten items. This keeps your closet organized and more then likely ensures that your clothing will last longer. A few of my staples are vintage pocket tees, turtlenecks, distressed jeans, and a leather jacket. Start with your signature outfit and add from there.
Build with textures.
Instead of doing the traditional pop of color to spice things up, play around with textures. I love to do this mainly because all blacks are not made the same and you do not want it to look like you tried to match them. Choosing different materials such as leathers, suedes, and knits will help you to create chic layered looks. Building with texture will also enhance your ability to mix and match unique items that you wouldn't normally pair together for more wardrobe styling.
Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of jewelry and I like to keep my accessories simple, especially when it comes to maintaining a chic aesthetic. Makeup, scarves and shoes can all serve as a way to to bring your monochrome looks to life. This past year, I've become a really big fan of socks. My favorites are the fishnet crew socks featured above paired with my mule loafers.
Tailor pieces to your body.
And no, this doesn't mean you have to run out and get all your clothes altered. Just pay closer attention to sizing. If it doesn't fit you perfectly in-store, nine times out of ten it's not going to. So don't buy it. I myself have fallen prey to a deal or two and purchased something that was too big with the idea that I would have it custom fitted... but never did. Save yourself the time and money. Eventually you will become a pro at what works best for your shape.
dry clean only.
The tricky thing with blacks is that they are infamous for fading. Since most of my pieces are high in quality, I don't have to worry about that as much, but I still keep preservation in mind. And yes I know dry cleaning can be expensive, so I limit myself to the clothing I can't maintain. The things I can, I wash them on the gentle cycle and hang dry only. AVOID throwing your blacks into the dryer, as it tends to speed up the fading process. Instead, invest in a steamer and use it to eliminate any wrinkles.