Inspiration / Trendspotting

The Blackness

I don’t know what it is (the crappy weather perhaps?) but my mind’s palette is descending into darker territories. I’ve been obsessing with black lately. I think that my recent purchase might have been the instigator, or perhaps I’ve been heavily browsing Cheap Monday goods. Conclusion: it’s a combo of both. In honor of this classic yet gothic color (or lack of color?) here’s a list of people from both fact and fiction, that live on the color, and serve me as style (or just plain) inspiration.

1. Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander: Leather, distressed garments, the bike, that hair, the “Fuck you, you fucking fuck” t-shirt. No one does it better in the Millenium trilogy. ‘Nuff said.

2. Kate Lanphear: I’m gonna go on a limb here and say that no one does black on black in New York like Kate Lanphear. NO ONE.

3. Jayne Min from Stop it Right Now: I love Jayne Min’s high fashion, menswear inspired California style and to me she’s the Kate Lanphear of the west coast. NO ONE does black on black out west like Jayne Min. NO ONE.

And now a collage:

The Blackness
From the top, the Midnight Rose Crown from Cult Gaia that I’ve been obsessed with since I first laid eyes on it. The Tatty Devine eyelash sunglasses (here’s a more affordable option for your neck), scandalously quirky no? Right below the eyelash shades is the Dahli faux leather dress from Karl Lagerfeld for Net-a-Porter. Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters have more affordable options for your faux leather loving, holiday partying self. To the dress’ left (your right?), the more affordable and highly coveted (by me) Eyeoto dress from Cheap Monday. Below the Eyeoto some goth Lime Crime in Styletto followed by the awesome, convenient, and surprisingly affordable peplum belt from ASOS. We finish the set with the Manda Spike bootie from Elly Clay and Cheap Monday’s pony triangle bag. This isn’t an outfit set but I can see some of these items being worn together. Don’t you? Tell me below.

Till the next post!! Take care.

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Images: First three linked to their sources, Cult Gaia,, Nasty Gal,,

ASOS, Net-a-Porter,

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