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It’s the kind of bohemian attitude that vividly reminds us of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe living in L.A. among colorful people and most of the time wearing versatile total black! Mixed with white, acting as backdrop for cheery florals, and making a huge impression through texture, black can be an all-year choice. In sheer and airy fabrics, it makes a chic and sexy statement!
In the Background
Dark florals are very sophisticated. In fact, they are way bolder due to their sharp contrast. You can make them feel serious through sleek black accessories. They can turn into playful outfits when combined with colorful statement shoes, purses and jewelry. Take for example the DVF Caprice Daisy Bud Polka Dot Print Wrap Dress. JLo and Blogger Natalie Joos loved the print!
With Graphic Accents
Black brings us into the universe of film noir and comics. It’s graphic, strong, and of great visual quality. A white band or color-block detail can make it bright and cool. This is the case in the Carven Printed Waffle-Knit Cotton-Blend Mini Dress accentuated at the bust with a Formula1-inspired wide stripe. Short sleeves and a cotton-polyamide blend make it summery too. Check also the Edun Contrast Stitching Silk Crepe Shirt. Céline has a similar shirt with yellow accents, yet at a higher price point.
As an Accent
Sometimes black, instead of needing an accent to shine bright, becomes an accent to another indifferent and boring neutral. Nudes, greys and other overly simple or plain colors stand out through a block of black. It might be a black frill, black lace paneling, or just a black bodice such as in the case of this charming Red Valentino Macrame & Tulle Contrast Bib Collar Dress! Check also the Kate Spade New York Color Block Scuba Dress .
Sheerness, frilling, intricate fabrications, fringes and feathers, make black an all-season stunner. Knitwear looks great in black as well as crochet and other types of lace. We adore the effect on the Alexander McQueen Ribbed Knit Peplum Mini Skirt and the Diane von Furstenberg Femme Fatale Gown .
As a Motif
Stripes, hearts, birds or polka dots, are the most eye-catching motifs when in black. Stripes are sharp in this cool Moncler Striped Flared Shorts to be combined with pristine white sneakers. Jessica Alba looks lovely in stripes! Hearts are the cutest possible in this tutu-style Alice + Olivia Catrina Heart Appliqué Tulle Skirt . Check also the black motif on the Sacai Bandana Pleated Panel Wrap Skirt and the Alice + Olivia Grant Off-The-Shoulder Crop Top .