And I go back to black (clothes)…

Monday, July 20, 2015

Prior to moving to New York I lived in San Francisco and during my time in the bay area, at max, I owned one pair of black pants and one black sweater – both of which got very little use.  Seeing the amount of black that has since infiltrated my closet, this seems absurd to me.  However, if you have spent time any time in both places, you know that California-style and New York-style are quite different. California is all about keeping it casual and cool, without looking like you tried too hard. It’s somewhat undone, yet elegant.  Think perfectly fitted loose t-shirts, maxi dresses, boyfriend jeans, lots flowy dresses and bright colors.  It’s a difficult concept to master, but fun once you nail it (although who has time for that??).


New York-style on the other hand is meant to be chic and put together. It’s about pairing the high with the low and always carrying a signature designer handbag.  The overall trend that permeates both uptown and downtown looks is black – both black clothing and accessories rule in this part of the world.  As I mentioned, since moving to New York over six years ago my overall wardrobe has taken on much darker hue. Oh yes, I’ve crossed over to the dark side. Embracing black makes getting dressed and looking stylish that much easier!  Also, practically speaking, it makes sense since the city is quite grimy and black hides anything you might happen to get dirty.  It’s amazing when fashion and functionality coincide!

There are a number of great looks for the summer that incorporate black and can seamlessly transition into fall.  And don’t be afraid to embrace leather in the summer! For example, a classic black leather (or pleather) mini skirt always looks très chic.  Also, leather leggings are comfy and can be worn with flowy tops now and paired with chambray shirts and sweaters later. Also, a textured black dress is perfect for a date or a night out with girlfriends. Pair it with a leather motorcycle jacket and you’re good to go. For the office, I recommend a straight leg black pant and t-shirt. It’s all about keeping things simple and letting black either be a main centerpiece or using it for the whole look. Here are some of my favorite looks below.

Jane Goetchius 
Stylist | Photographer | Blogger | Organizer

To learn more about me check out my website www.janestyles.com


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