Current mood + end of summer = turtleneck time.
Seeing this series of photographs of Annette Bening reinforced to me not only the beauty of the black turtleneck but also how well this black sweater and black pants look together. Combine the all black with a dash of red lipstick, some great frames and you are done.
This type of look may not be the most inventive and may not appeal to the more boho side of our natures but I am pretty sure this works for most women and is an easy one to carry off. Even if you love colour and 99% of your wardrobe is a fiesta, there is always room for a monochrome day.
I won’t argue this is original and different – all black and a red lip is far from unique. But it does work for me and more importantly it is a style we can feel comfortable and confident in.
The clever side of personal style is knowing when and how to implement it. Playing it safe has its advantages.
There is nothing dull or boring about looking classic, well put together and elegant. Trying too hard to find a signature style can be as damming as playing by the rules.
Sometimes working with the tried and proven is a bonus.
Annette Bening looks wonderful in all black. Yes, she is a very handsome woman, but it was the simplicity of her outfit that drew my attention. Of all her published photographs, I think these are truly wonderful.
The turtleneck has been my best pal for a long time and I must refresh this sweater and get it working.
You know what else I love about a black pair of pants and a turtleneck sweater?
They are forgiving. So forgiving.
After months of travel and not being as disciplined as I might I can appreciate the generosity black offers. Forgiving and flattering; that is what I would say about the sweater and pants combination in black.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. xv
When All Else Fails
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images annette bening, jon rou/loyola marymount university