My closet is a sea of black. I have been quite monochromatic of late (read: 5+ yrs.) Sure, that was my color of choice when I was a teen (my stepmother used to make me choose atleast one colored item when shopping) but, I had embraced color again as I grew older. Never before has it been this extreme. I am now, I’m sure of it, known to neighbors and casual acquaintances as ” the lady in black”. People who know me however, know I do love color! In jewelry, shoes, belts, scarves, purses etc… I had decided a long time ago that I only like ME in black clothing. Everytime I would try on something bright and colorful (especially up top-gasp!!) it would just make me cringe. So, always loving colorful accessories, I have made the most of jazzing up my all-black wardrobe. With vintage jewelry and a wide range of yummy colorful accessories of yesterday and today. One of the many ways I jazz up my basic black is by wearing statement pieces; in a variety of colors or metals, a must. Perhaps a long, multistrand beaded necklace or a colorful collar? Next off, maybe a trio of bangles and a big ring or two. I am also partial to scarves or shoes/bags in unique patterns and bright colors and sometimes use one to plan my accessory color scheme. You don’t want to go too match-matchy though. One of the greatest things about an all black outfit (or white!) is that no other color is taboo. Start with one and add more in contrasting hues. For example, if you want to go edgy in black, deep tones of cherry red, golden yellow and emerald can look amazing. Or, if you want to go even more extreme with color–try on some hot pink, and add some brights like yellow and turquoise. Now, lets not forget, you can never go wrong with black and white!
Call me crazy, but I like to keep my metals the same-from the metal of my rings to the metal accents, perhaps on buttons, shoes or bags. One of my favorite materials of all time is Bakelite. It is one of the first plastics ever invented in the early 1900’s and it has the most appealing coloring and durability. It was used to make a variety of products including kitchenware, telephones, radios, toys, and most appreciated; jewelry. If you ask me, the best things about bakelite jewelry are the stunning variety of colors and the fact that alot of it was carved by hand for an extreme ornamental look; During the Great Depression, Bakelite jewelry was made to replace the more expensive jewelry people could not afford, and still look rich and expensive. So, with my head to toe black, atleast one brightly colored bakelite piece is my signature. Etsy.com and Ebay.com are two great sites to find quality bakelite jewelry pieces and they are vintage, so each piece is unique- pretty much like no other. Same goes with vintage lucite and glass jewelry–and the colors are amazing! So, you don’t have to go drab in black-get to accessorizing!