Fashion tips with Haili Z: Back in black

June 12, 2014 at 1:12 a.m.

Stay cool in a two-piece black ensemble or wear a little black dress.

Stay cool in a two-piece black ensemble or wear a little black dress.

By Haili Z

A typical reaction to wearing summer apparel would be to choose color and fabric accordingly before taking the heat.

Black is always an option, no matter the season. Two-piece apparel - a skirt and a top both in black - or just a black dress will do. Separate pieces of apparel in black will work beautifully for transitioning throughout your wardrobe - working interchangeably with skirts, tops, accessories and shoes.

Any pattern or solid color will match with the color black. Work it into your wardrobe to discover the most powerful color you've ever owned.

Adjust the look to your body shape in size while choosing all-black attire.

The reason to go toward the color black (and the infamous little black dress) is because it does justice to any wardrobe. The color itself can be dressed up or down. The color black used to only be worn by royalty and nobility because of the expense of black dye. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" later made the little black dress a household fashion item when Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) made the look iconic. The fact that Audrey created this character based upon the little black dress gives us all hope that we can create our own self-image and display self-expression through wearing a blank ensemble.

The chic thing about a little black dress is that it can be purchased at Forever 21 and look like a million bucks depending on the way you approach styling the dress - from accessorizing the piece to depending on what shoes and handbag you pair it with.

The entire ensemble does not have to be expensive. With shoes from Payless and the accessories from Target, you could still dress it to perfection and create a one-of-a-kind look.

Black apparel is seen as a blank canvas. You can pair anything and everything with black apparel. Neon jewelry takes the look to new heights for a completely new and fresh pairing. Keep it classic with dainty jewelry for a feminine touch.

This look is easy to find in existing wardrobe. All that would need to be purchased is a new handbag, shoes and accessories to freshen the look.

Try summer's most wanted basic color and add your own element of style.

Haili Pue is the president of All Ze Details. Visit her website at



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