I wear a lot of black. I mean A Lot. It started with all the travel 10 years ago.
Then, about 2 years ago I decided to let my hair grow natural; i.e., gray. I made that decision right after I renewed my passport that's good for 10 years. Hmm. But I've never looked back and no regrets.
A wonderful result of this decision is that I now have a much narrower color palette! This really simplifies life.
Apparently B&W is now On Trend. I think this is a first for me. Usually, I embrace a trend that appeals to me and by the time I get the pattern, fabric, and fitting issues ironed out, that trend has whizzed right by.
Using black as a base, I now only buy & sew hot pink, true purple, red and royal blue. And! I mix them! Yes, red and purple really do blend. I've really liked doing the black/royal blue thing that's been en vogue--this was so easy for me as I already had the colors in my closet and stash.
I like soft pink & baby blue, but tend to use them sparingly and more for night wear, etc. .
No more dinking around with "safari" colors, Pantone Emerald Green or Tangerine Tango. Yikes. However! The 2014 color is Radiant Orchid; much more promising.
A peek at the bulletin board in my sewing room--see, B&W have been on my radar for some time.:
Here's Vogue 8323 done up as a tunic in the fabulous Ponte I get here in UB.
I think a simple FBA (just adding 1" in length to the front pieces--per Sanda Betzina's Fast Fit) needs to be done in the future. In the meantime, The Husband thinks this is a winner.
I wear this top with black jeggings from Express. I'm not sure this is my favorite look. Since knee-high boots are my uniform here in UB in the winter, the look is OK. As long as the tops are long enough. (That age-appropriate thing ;)
More B&W projects are on the cutting table, so stay tuned ;)