black skirt and top

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black 50s style full skirt with red hiigh heels

black skirt and top

retro style all-black summer outfit

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Well, folks, it looks like it’s that time of year: my annual summer cold (passed on by Terry – thanks, Terry!) arrived the morning these photos were taken, which means that for once I’m not wearing sunglasses to shield my stupidly light-sensitive eyes, but to hide most of my face – gotta love how big sunglasses can do that!

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about my face, I’m here to talk about the skirt, which is from Apricot , and a nice mix of casual and dressy, I thought. I have a ton of black, 50s-style skirts of course, but I didn’t have one with a gauzy, polka dot layer over the top, so that’s justification enough as far as I’m concerned – and at least the windy day let me show it off a bit, too!

I decided to brighten this look up a bit with a couple of pops of red (and yes, I DO hate myself a little for using the phrase “pop” in relation to colour – I feel like SUCH a fashion blogger!): my capsule wardrobe is full of these two colours, and although these pieces aren’t part of that “capsule”, they’re just so easy to throw together that I’ve been wearing them quite a lot lately. I do normally add a bit of white, too (usually in the form of something striped), but I guess my skin will just have to fulfil that role here – it’s almost pale enough!

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WEARING:  Polka dot skirt c/o Apricot ; ancient top; Zara shoes; 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Pashli’ satchel*; House of Harlow sunglasses
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COMMENTS
  • TinaD

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    Nice outfit, but I agree, not your normal. You seem a little depressed in it. Sorry about the headcold, too. When I worked in the corporate world I found head-to-toe red distracted from my sickness and kept people from telling me how much like cr*p I looked and shouldn’t I lie down?

    July 8, 2015
      • TinaD

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        Permit me to rephrase–it seems at odds with your usual sunny presentation/demeanour. But see what I mean about how people read your clothes instead of your face? Hope you feel better.

        July 8, 2015
  • It is nice to wear something a little out of our ordinary. I’m with you on not liking to wear black during this time of the year though. I had to really work at not wearing black on a regular basis, and I have succeeded. It seems so awkward to me now to wear all-black. I can’t get away from black tops though, I guess I just have too many of them. Hope you are feeling better by now. 🙂

    July 8, 2015
  • Amy

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    I love that skirt and how you have styled it. I love the red and black combo and wear it summer and winter. Hope your cold is better soon.

    July 8, 2015
  • You look gorgeous in this all black-with red ensemble! Love pairing black clothes with red accessories, and you did that perfectly!

    have a lovely day honey!
    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com/

    July 8, 2015
  • Caroline L

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    I love the red lipstick, red bag and red heels poping against the black ensemble. So classic and timeless! The overlay on the skirt is really beautiful too!

    July 8, 2015
  • Summer colds are the worst, I get them yearly too.
    I’m a really pale girl (Siberia from nars is too dark for me in the winter) but I do tend to wear a lot of black and deep jewel colors. I think it looks very striking, though my husband once said I was pulling off the black and white trend well, (I almost smacked him for that), I do agree that it’s not always flattering or slimming. I tend to think it’s more the cute of your clothes than the color.

    However I love this on you, I think it’s very Audrey Hepburn -ish. It’s probably the boat neck.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

    July 8, 2015
  • I used to never like to wear black. I went out of my way to avoid it, even though it’s slimming. Perhaps I thought it made me look even paler? I’m not sure anymore. But then last year I found this this really cute black tea-length dress. It fits me perfectly and with a little gold jewelry I look completely polished without much effort at all. Since then I’ve incorporated more black into my wardrobe and I’ve found that effortlessness holds up. It’s true what they say: black goes with anything. And your black with red combo is just so classic without looking like you’re trying. Black clothing is such a good way to highlight some killer accessories.

    July 9, 2015
  • Nellie

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    I really like this outfit, especially that texture on the skirt. And no, you don’t look depressed.

    July 9, 2015
  • Sarah

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    The sunglasses really nail this look, gorgeous! I used to wear black a lot and then actively tried not to so that I could become braver with colour. Now I’m embracing black again and it’s great! I think you carry it off well, with just the right amount of drama.
    Sarah

    July 9, 2015
  • Love the skirt! You’ve styled it beautifully with the perfect amount of red in the mix 🙂
    Summer colds are the worse! Hope you feel better soon!!

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    July 9, 2015
  • I love everything about this out Amber. Slayed!

    July 10, 2015
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