Tips for Wearing All Black, Pattern Mixing, Letting Go of Maternity Wear

People say black is slimming, but guess what, it's only half true! The color black (especially in matte fabrics) does absorb light, which camouflages the user's lumps and bumps, yes. But it also can make you look completely 2D if worn incorrectly. Why is it a bummer to be 2D? Because you end up looking like the overall silhouette (which can sometimes be pretty boxy if you're layering all your black on) and you loose all the highlights and lowlights that show off your shape. And everyone's shape is worth showing!

So how can you layer on the black and not loose yourself in there? Play with texture. Mix it up! A black cardigan over a black velvet top with black faux leather pants. A black blazer over a silkie black blouse with blacks jeans. A black tee shirt with metallic fleck and a black sweater vest with black crepe pants. A black matte dress with a black leather moto jacket. Notice how each piece is a different texture? It helps you not loose your shape, any lengthening effects you're gaining from your finishing pieces, and not loose your leg line in separates (which lengthens us as well). See examples for more ideas!

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This week let's talk tips for pattern mixing. I go into a lot of detail in the podcast, but here are my top two tips.

1) Mix feminine with masculine: Examples include floral with stripes, dots with plaid, nature print with houndstooth.

2) Mix pattern size: Try to keep the sizes different. For example a large floral with a small stripe. If you get brave and want to mix two kinds of the same pattern be sure to mix up the sizes! Large graphic floral is super fun with a small more realistic floral.

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This one is quick and simple...if you're done having babies and you're a few years out from your last kiddo it's time to let go of the maternity wear. I know it's comfy, but it's doing you ZERO favors, it's keeping you from having space for grown woman clothes, and I'm sure it could find a home with a pregnant woman out there who needs it.

I realize you might have special feelings about some of this specialized mom gear (I accidentally sold the shirt I went to the hospital in at a garage sale and didn't realize it until it was walking away...and cried a bunch). But if you must keep it for this reason get it out of your work closet and into a keepsake box. That is all! #truthbomb

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