Black and White: A Unique Look for a Night Out

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Top | Skirt | Heels | Clutch | Name Necklace | Choker | Star Necklace | Lip

My style has always been ultra-feminine. I love pastels, florals, and prints, and I really don’t like to wear black. It’s so silly because black is by far the easiest color for anyone to pull off, the easiest to style and match, and it’s appropriate for almost any occasion, but for some reason I just don’t love the way I feel in it.

So, I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and style a unique “night-out” look where the main color in the ensemble was black. This is for all you girls like me who know they should have more black pieces in their closet but can’t figure out how to wear them and still keep their overall feminine style.

The first step was deciding to style separates instead of a dress or jumpsuit. I chose a black skirt (which is only $10 by the way!), giving me plenty of options to lighten up the look with the top. Also, I didn’t choose just any skirt, this one has a gorgeous scallop hem that really adds a girly feel to it. It’s short enough for a night out, but the scallops also add a classier element to it. Then, I chose a white lace one-shoulder top, which made the look much lighter and more feminine. For me, I think the color that’s going to be closest to your face is the color you should like the most or suits you the best out of the outfit, and the bottom half can be more of a risk or a color that may not go great with your skin tone.

Then came the fun part; the accessories. I’m in LOVE with purses. I am way more likely to choose a new bag over anything else when I’m shopping and I have way too many of them, but I don’t have that many black ones, so I was excited to choose one for this outfit. I wandered over to Rent the Runway because I couldn’t even commit to buying one, and found this amazingly chic fan clutch. Once I had that picked, I thought some lace-up heels would be just the ticket! I decided to invest in a pair of black heels and couldn’t resist this amazing pair. Pretty much all I wear now are shoes made of comfortable materials (like suede, faux suede and soft leather) because I have had too many nights out when my feet hurt so badly that all I wanted to do was go home, and these faux suede lace-ups were perfect! I thought the bag and the heels added a fun and unique element to an otherwise simple outfit.

Is there a color you have a hard time styling??

Photos by: Brandon Hill

What to Wear to a Movie Premiere: My Outfit for DIFF

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

Dress | Heels | Clutch | Lip

A few weeks ago, Mike and I headed to the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) to see the premiere of Bomb City. As you may or may not know, Mike moved to LA last summer to pursue his acting career, but before he left he worked on three awesome projects; My All American, American Crime, and Bomb City. He was a core extra in My All American, but had significant speaking roles in American Crime (an ABC crime show) and Bomb City (a true story about an Amarillo hate crime).

We had the best time at DIFF! The first night, it was a little dressier, so Mike rented a tux and I wore this AH-mazing white number. Mike got to answers questions on the red carpet and we hung out with the rest of the cast and crew who worked on the film. Then for the second night, it was a little more casual. We got to see the movie (which was incredible, by the way) and then went out in Deep Ellum to celebrate! This was the night I decided to wear the dress in the photos above (which is $46 by the way!).

If you have movie premiere to attend (or some other similar event) here are my tips to help you choose the perfect outfit:

#1 Find Out What You’re Doing After

For this premiere, I knew we were going to be going out on the town after, so I kept that in mind when I picked my outfit. Deep Ellum is kind of the new “cool” area in Dallas to go out, so I wanted something that was good to wear to fun bars.

#2 Check Out the Theater

I googled the theater and found out that it’s in a more casual area surrounded by restaurants and shopping. The inside looked somewhat casual as well, so I kept that in mind.

#3 Look at Photos From Previous Years

I looked up albums from earlier years at DIFF and saw what other people were wearing to make sure I wouldn’t be too dressed up or down. Mike and I were more dressed up than most on the first night with my gown and his tux, but it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed! It is a movie premiere, after all, and we wanted to celebrate.

#4 Consider the Movie Theme

This is actually something I wish I would have done! The movie was a sort of celebration of the punk revolution in many ways, so some of the cast members went for the punk theme with their outfits, and I think that would have been fun to do too!

#5 Always Check the Weather

This is advice I always give because it’s just good sense. It was a movie, so having long sleeves was great so I didn’t get chilly, but I knew it was going to be warm walking around so I knew I didn’t want to have to carry around a jacket.

Photos by: Brandon Hill