Solemn, dull boring. This is what we all can’t help but think about when the days grow shorter and our sleeves get longer, but a winter wardrobe can be anything but seasonally depressed. Instead of succumbing to a melancholy funk, use your bleak surroundings as inspiration. This winter, I challenge you to embrace the darkness.
Taking a walk on the dark side isn’t as difficult as you think. Many of us already have a closet full of rich, dark colors, heavy silver jewelry, and theatrical, dramatic pieces. So how does one make these old standbys new and different? In this spread, I’ll show you some examples of layering and playing with textures. It may seem daunting, but layering is a great way to make pieces new without altering them. Pairing different textures together is a great way to break up the monotony of head-to-toe darkness. And black is only boring if you let it be – pair leather trouser shorts with a vintage fur coat, and the play of light on these textures creates an outfit that will be hard to forget. (read on…)
A few items to dig out of your closet for this season: a vintage (or faux) fur coat, your favorite little black dress, a steady supply of opaque black tights, sheer tops (lace, mesh, or even fishnet), and plenty of leather. But while you may be busy playing devil with your wardrobe, don’t forget the details! We went undead for this shoot, creating a look that features carved-out dark eyes and a pale lip color. And regardless of the season, never be afraid to swipe on the black lipstick. Don’t forget to stay moisturized and always make sure your foundation has an SPF (even if you want to keep your summer tan, SPF protects you skin and helps it look its best).
With a new-to-you outfit, dark pout and a take-no-prisoners attitude, navigating the snow and ice will be a snap.