It's an Flashback to My Least Favorite Job Kind of Day

I have an aversion to too much black. I think it stems from:
1. My days working as a hostess at the Cheesecake Factory in college, when we could only wear black. We could accessorize with jewelry only, and if I wore a big necklace or statement earrings, they'd ask me to tone it down.
2. The reputation Seattle has as a colorless dressing society. I hate the idea of falling into the no-color-in-winter stereotype of most Seattle dressers—especially career-women.
3. My hate for clashing blacks. If one piece is more faded than the other, I struggle to pair them as I don't want one to look cheap against the other.

However, I saw a girl walking in downtown Seattle the other day in almost this exact outfit. She had a huge black belt on (kind of like a pirate belt) and a different color cardigan, but you get the idea. And I saw her and really liked the look on her, so I thought I'd give it a try. 

If I'm honest, I don't love this look. Sure, maybe all black is slimming and flattering. But for me, I like to have some distinction in my waist of where top ends and bottoms begin. So I'm not sure I'll be wearing it again, although I'm still glad I tried it!

Cardigan: LOFT (similar), Tank: H&M (similar),
Slacks: Nordstrom, Flats: Steve Madden Outlet (now at DSW)

Top-view of my all-hair bun. No sock for this thick head of hair!

What do you guys think about so much black? Do you feel gothic? Boring? Or do you think it is a classic look I should try again? 

Posted on August 30, 2012 .