Outfit: Black on Black

October 29, 2012

It’s so tempting for me to want to add color to an outfit. The me of 10 years ago would be shocked by this statement. I often find that while many find black ‘flattering’ and/or ‘slimming’ I see navy as more universally flattering to various skin tones and  black is only slimming if it fits well.

That said, I’m obsessed with these jeans. Bigger shock, they’re called the Kim, as in Kardashian. While I secretly swoon for new episodes of KUWTK and follow her Instagram I never considered testing out a pair of her jeans until Sears gifted me a pair during New York Fashion Week. GIrl has her name on a fierce pair of jeans. They’re the perfect weight/thickness, stretch, comfort and feature a great, slim leg. I’ve been meaning to hem them but was short on time one day and somehow this massive cuff has worked for me so far (three wears in about two weeks!).

blouse: forever 21 (similar, love the trim!) || jeans: c/o kardashian collection via sears style || heels: anne klein   || clutch: zara (similar) || lips: c/o prestige cosmetics  long-last lipstick (moisturizing, too) || nails: essie power clutch (awesome grey)

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  • graceatwood

    Cute! I love the dots.

  • Tiffany M

    Love the details on this top! I’m a sucker for sheer and polka dots and this top is perfect! Also love the pop of leopard in the all black ensemble. Very jealous of the sunshine in your pictures as I stare at the grey clouds from Sandy out my window.

    • Alyson

      Ha, the one thing we do have going here in sun but wishing we could see a bit of change in season. Feeling jealous.

  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    I think they look pretty great, even with the cuff. I am notoriously lazy when it comes to hemming pants, I think that is why I’ve embraced the skinny jean.

    • Alyson

      Right? Skinnies are the BEST for that!

  • http://about.me/samanthaeve Samantha Tananbaum

    LOVE this outfit! The all black and the leopard heels look fantastic together! xo

    • Alyson

      Aww, thanks Samantha!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nwsmalley Natalie Wilson Smalley

    You look great. I read Denim Blog, and in doing so, I see various ways jeans are styled with a cuff. So I’ve been going out of my comfort zone trying it..at 5’1″..I’ve become a master at hemming. But how nice to just wear something unaltered. You are a master at styling an outfit..love it..

    • Alyson

      You are the sweetest… and not much taller than me, hah! The cuff is a fun, flexible alternative to hemming so glad I’m not the only shorter gal embracing the cuff trend.

  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    How cute is that polka dot top?? And I’m the same way about wanting to always add color!

    • Alyson

      Aww, thanks, Tara, and yeah… we are definitely the same with our love of color. :)

  • http://six-2-eleven.blogspot.com/ Kim // Six2Eleven

    You look so darn cute!!! :) I’m all about all black…sometimes it’s just a really easy/chic option when dressing for the office becomes a little monotonous. Have a great week!


    • Alyson

      Blushing!! I rarely default to all black — I am crazy for colors to mix it up — but definitely something so easy, yet chic about keeping it all black.

  • Carly

    all black is fabulous…I wear it often..and great minds as I like to pair a splash of leopard w mine too! You look great and also good to hear about the fit on their jeans…I have yet to pick up a peice from Kardashian Kollection…I love collabs like that…but for some reason don’t think Sears for fashion..think new laundry machine, lol. Will have to check it out on your recommendation. Hope you are well.

    • Alyson

      Right? Sears definitely isn’t known for fashion but these jeans are a GREAT find there, for sure. They do have other pieces I’ve been noticing here, and from other collections that look like they have a lot of potential… worth giving a glimpse!

  • http://twitter.com/PPFGirl PennyPincherFashion

    So cute, Alyson - love the sleeves on that top and the leopard heels!


    • Alyson

      Thank you!!

  • http://hemsforher.com/ Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie

    I love the special little details on this basic outfit! The sleeves and the heels make this super fancy!

    • Alyson

      You are so sweet, Katie! True, I can definitely fancy this shirt up a bit more, too, if I wanted… Hmm! Thank you for the idea.

  • Leighleigh Uzumaki

    That cuff is huge. My sneaky trick when I can’t hem is to fold the cuff under in one longer cuff and make sure to smooth it out so it looks like my jeans are the perfect length. The Kardashian jeans have a very good price, so I am willing to try them. We shall see, since I’ve banned myself from shopping….I love the sleeves on the blouse! I think your bright pink lip is the perfect pop of color!

    • Alyson

      Great minds… I totally do the same thing. :) I sometimes find that it can droop a bit so going the cuff route is working for me… maybe silly. :) Definitely check out these jeans; really good, especially when you factor in the price point.

  • Cindy Kamm

    Very cute outfit. Would you recommend getting the jeans in your normal pant size or going up a size since they aren’t sized like regular jeans, e.g. 27, 28, 29, etc.?

    • Alyson

      I would get the normal pant size. I am wearing a size 27 and would not go up because it does have a bit of stretch. They almost felt marginally tight (though not uncomfortable) at first, and I’m glad I didn’t size up.

  • Fleurani

    I love how you give that simple look that polished touch by adding the leopard heels and that super cute detailing on your sleeves. :-) You you havea a new follower via Blogloving #412 to keep posted with your latest looks. Great blog and sense of style. Looking foward to see more!


    • Alyson

      Awww, thank you Fleurani! So sweet of you to say and thank you for following!

  • Just Another Shopaholic

    That is a beautiful blouse!!

    • Alyson

      Thank you!

  • vhutali ngwana

    beautiful. love the prints

  • http://twitter.com/henryhappened Stephanie Gerber

    I love your top! and the animal print shoes add just enough charm!

    • Alyson

      Thanks so much, Stephanie!!

  • MyStyleGenie

    Love that you paired the look with the spotted leopard shoes! Added a bit of pop of color.

    • Alyson

      Thanks so much. Figured you can never go wrong with some leopard.

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  • http://twitter.com/SheLikesRuffles Katie C

    The polka dot sheer on the shirt is SO cute!!!!

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