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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A lack of color

Style challenge time again! This past weekend I was thinking about how I haven't done photography in black and white since I went digital, and was feeling a bit nostalgic. While I may not be able to head back into a darkroom, I can still focus on creating images in black and white. This week I wanted to photograph only in black and white, including outfit photos.

When it comes to outfits, color is often a very important element. I am constantly drawn to colors, often favoring them over cut or fiber. But I wouldn't want my outfits photos to suffer from a lack of color, so I am only dressing in black and white!

Taking the focus away from color will allow (force?) me to concentrate on shape, pattern, and texture to create looks that are just as stunning in black and white as their technicolor counterparts would be.

Since I almost never leave the house without some type of color, this really will be a challenge!

I am making one, tiny exception for gold jewelry and hardware on shoes and bags.

Day One
Black and white - Day one

Tee shirts often stump me. I loved the graphic print on this top, but I never knew what to wear it with. On its own with a pair of pants, too dull. Pair anything over it and the entire design is lost. It also couldn't be with a skirt that would try to steal the focus.

I arrived at the mini wrap skirt, and now wearing it for the first time without any tights, it suddenly felt 100x shorter. With flat sandals and the fingertip length test for reassurance, I left the house.

The Rundown
Top TJMaxx - Skirt Item - Sandals Onex - Bracelet NY&Co. - Bag Thrifted - Earrings Made by me

Day Two
Work Zone - Black and white Day two

Turning again to pattern to keep things lively, I set about my second look. The pants required a little alteration.
These were acquired in high school off a clearance rack for no more than $7 and were to serve as work pants for my job of food server at a retirement community. They must the most super poly-blend ever, because they still look perfect, even after having been washed three times a week for two years.
The problem with them was that they were a very sraight leg, that fit me closely in the thigh and then these little flaps would just wiggle around at my ankle. I should have taken a photo. But I skinnyified them last night, so I wouldn't resort to something goofy like cuffing them again.

Our roof is currently being redone, so I borrowed a cone to pose with. I'm not sure what the roofers are doing with traffic cones, it isn't like our roof is in the street.

The Rundown
Top TJMaxx - Pants Express - Vest thing Express - Sandals Onex - Bracelet Chicos - Earrings Avon

PS. You can have a look at some of my black and white stuff, old and new, if you'd like.


Sarah Dee said...

I love both of these outfits! and the whole traffic cone thing does strike me as a bit odd... i think you should demand to know what they're using it for!!


wonderfelle.com said...

I love black and white photography but am definitely more drawn towards color when it comes to clothing! And I totally agree about t-shirts - they just don't work for me!

Romany said...

I like, I like! Gorgeous photos. Can't beat black and white.
p.s. I agree about nudity - as long as it's tasteful, it's fine by me.

Sonya said...

I have the same problem with graphic tees, I never know how I should style them but I love how you did it!


Ali said...

Little do you know your roof IS on the street, my fair friend. Hahaha, but that is silly why they would bring cones.

I like how you fixed your pants! Much cuter than cuffing them. :)

Mimi said...

i love your first outfit. and i think black and white pictures are beautiful too. :)


La p├ępite modeuse said...

Great pictures I love your blog

Kristin said...

Skinnyfied them...You are too cute!

Jessica said...

This is such a great outfit challenge and it's a good reminder that cut and fit are paramount. I love the first outfit. (I also have a skirt that feels so, so much shorter when I'm not wearing it with tights!)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

I have yet to master B&W too...most of the time I just take the pictures in colors and digitally altered them to B&W (maybe not to best to do, oppps). Love the bokeh'ed background on the first pic and in loveee with that skirt!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh very cool! I'm no good with black and white XD Very fun challenge :D

Eyeliah said...

Lol, posing with a cone (very cute). I like the black and white, artsy fartsy ;-)

Asta said...

Love these black and white photos, very classy! Same goes for both outfits, and the T-shirt is very cute, love the print and the way you combined it with the skirt and flats:)

The Fancy Teacup said...

You look so lovely in the B&W pictures! I love your comment about the construction cones...funny :)

MarchMusings said...

The B/W snaps have come out so well. The graphic tee looks really good.

Julia said...

You are just beautiful in these shots -- I absolutely am green with envy over your body. So stunning!


Jen said...

these pictures are fantastic (the outfits as well)! i adore black and white photographs and when i was learning how to work in the darkroom the only photographs i developed were black and white. it does make creating an outfit more difficult though. it's a nice challenge! :)

Morning Cloak said...

I love how you actually think about your wardrobe and your fashion and how to challenge yourself or where you could try something new. I think it shows a real committment to fashion.

coolboy said...

lovely outfit i saw your picturs its great lovely black and white outfits

monica said...

stunning outfits. i especially love how you took the photos in black and white for emphasis

Amanda said...

You are way braver than me, I could never go without color! But this looks like such a great challenge, good luck!

Future Lint said...

A b&w challenge would be so hard! Both of these look great though! I especially love your tree shirt!