How to add color to a black and white outfit

Red, fur and blue!

I’ve been seeing an advertisement on TV lately for the US Navy. The tag line is something like “To get to you, they have to go through us.” It’s pretty effective! I’m an American citizen now but wasn’t for most of my life and seeing that sent shivers through me. I’ve come to love and appreciate my adopted country. I’ll always be Chinese and am very proud of its culture, history and accomplishments. And I certainly don’t agree with America, Right or Wrong; if we do something stupid, I have no problem calling it stupid! But all in all, I love my life since I’ve moved here, especially during the summer. I’ve eaten a hotdog while watching the Detroit Tigers play on July 4th and celebrated with the crowd when they shot off the fireworks after the game. Of course China invented those fireworks but I didn’t make a big deal out of it! Anyway, this American girl likes to show off a little red, white and blue style once in a while!

How to add color to a black and white outfit
How to add color to a black and white outfit

You may have noticed that I have a bit of a thing about fur. The fur look seems to have magical powers when you add it to almost any outfit; it can instantly raise your fashion bar up a notch. And you don’t need to worry; most of my pieces are faux fur so no animals have to go naked to make me look good! I’ve featured this black and white fur vest in a few outfits. This time I went with the black & white palette pretty much full time by pairing it with a white irregular V hem blouse and my super trusty black leather skinny.

Red booties street style
Red booties street style

Hmmm, this blog is called ColorAndGrace so that must mean…that signature burst of color of course! It’s on the accessories and in your face this time. Bright red heels, a burgundy wool hat and bright red gloves virtually glow with movement as I walk the walk. Many women don’t fully appreciate the role of gloves in their wardrobe. These five fingered fashion machines do lots more than just keep your hands from freezing. Fashion is all about the details. Without my rich red leather gloves I would have missed the chance to tie in this look from head to toe. They help echo and unite the splashes of color. And when your base is mostly black & white you can feel safe and fearless with adding another color burst in addition to the red. I often suggest that a 3 color combination is just right for most outfits but here the black & white sort of don’t fully count which means you can take some chances. So my color total added up just right by grabbing my bright royal blue purse to pop against the red of the gloves. This combination of colors really breaks away from any serious feel you might get from the Black & White foundation. Red, White & Blue. It’s not just for flags anymore!

Red leather gloves
Red leather gloves
wine wool felt hat
wine wool felt hat
black and white faux fur vest
black and white faux fur vest
blue bag
blue bag
How to add color to a black and white outfit
How to add color to a black and white outfit
How to add color to a black and white outfit
How to add color to a black and white outfit

Wool hat @Forever 21
Fur vest @Neiman Marcus
Leather skinnies @Nordstrom Rack
Red heels @DSW
Red gloves @TJ Maxx
Blue Purse @Saks 5th Avenue

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