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Flowy black with leggings
June 8, 2015, 2:07 pm

If you are one of those fashionistas who like to wear dark outfits in warm weather, here is the coolest ensemble of loose fitting black tops over leggings. The point is to create a dark column of colour from top to toe that is fitted on the bottom and loosely drapey on top. If wearing a black top and bottom is not your thing, substitute the top with ink blue or charcoal.

The fabric of the tops and the style of the footwear will determine whether the outfit is smart casual or casual. Silkier fabrics, crisp jackets, and dressier shoes will amp up the dressy factor. Here are the basic components of the ensemble:

Bottoms: Think black leggings, jeggings or Ponte knit skinnies. Leather leggings or leggings with leather inserts will work too. Keep them full length or cropped. A black pair of skinnies will also work if that is all you have to play with, but they will create a bulkier look under the tunic.

Tops: Choose soft flowing tunics in knits or wovens with asymmetrical hemlines. The asymmetrical hemlines are important because they add interest to the combination, thereby creating outfit depth. Black on black can look extremely flat if you don’t choose the pairing carefully. Go for black, charcoal or ink blue. Some fashionistas stick to solids, but a tonal black pattern is preferable if you can carry that look.

Toppers: The topper is optional, but if you would like to add a third layer, make your choice of darker shades from motos, boyfriend cardigans, long vest, blazers, tuxedo jackets, boxy black jackets, capes, wraps or ponchos. Keep the jackets open so that you don’t lose the dramatic drapey lines of the outfit.

Footwear: There are five most suitable on-trend footwear styles that can be worn with all three renditions. Slides, peep-toe booties, pointy toe ankle strap flats, slip-on sneakers, and cut-out booties. But pumps, d’Orsay flats and heels, loafers, oxfords, ballet flats, espadrilles, chunky sandals, flatforms, platforms, gladiators, cage heels, clogs and mules will also work.

A good idea for an added twist is to break up the black by wearing non-black footwear if you are wearing black bottoms, a top and a topper.  A little white strap or sole, white shoes, cobalt shoes or metallic options will look just fabulous.

Accessories: Choose a non-black bag to break up the darkness of the outfit. White, tan, cognac or grey will work amazingly well; alternatively, you may opt for a pastel or bright bag. Finish off the look with a scarf, eyewear, watch and jewellery as desired.

Depending on your persona, you can make your ensemble appear very polished. The dark on dark combination echoes a hard-edged vibe while your choice in jewellery or accessories adds a personal level of style. 

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