I'm Proposing a Ban on This Color, Starting Now

Hear ye, hear ye—due to offensive winter weather conditions and a proactive spirit, I hereby propose a swift and immediate ban on the color black, particularly as it pertains to wearing said color head to toe. Why am I writing like a duke in Queen Elizabeth I's court? Unsure. Why am I proposing a ban on wearing all black? Much surer on that front. Since moving to the East Coast three and a half years ago, I've assimilated to the city's adoration with a head-to-toe black uniform. Many people will wax poetic about the ease and sleekness of dressing like this, and though I don't disagree (see: exhibit A that it is), I do argue that there's something dreadfully gloomy about a sea of cold humans shuffling around in the snow in solely black clothing. My solution (and really the only solution possible)? Wear. More. Color.

As simple as it may sound to any Los Angeles folk reading this on their sundecks (I used to be one of those, you know), cobbling together an outfit that incorporates thoughtful elements of color each and every day is not easy. After all, we New Yorkers get dressed not only for work daily but also for a variety of scenarios ranging from dinners, after-work drinks, dates, musicals, etc., but without the convenience of cars to store our junk in. In other words, it's tough out here, and the only way to get more color in our lives is by following others' example. Below, I've pulled together an edit of 10 outfits illustrating how to not wear all black this winter, and look great doing it. Steal the looks, shop the picks, thrive all season long. Let's go.

Contrast a white coat and booties with a pop of color, like a vibrant green jumper.

Instead of a heavy black coat, consider rotating in a Crayola-hued puffer.

Resist the temptation of solid sweaters and reach for one with an interesting pattern, like Fair Isle.

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Watta stormy day 🌪☔️❄️

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If there's a black coat in the equation, then team it with bold, bright separates.

Wrap up in the teddy texture trend for winter.

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So many new faces here as of late so I wanted to say ‘hi’ and welcome to my little corner of the gram! I love nothing more than sharing content here to inspire but it’s also about getting to know each other! ⠀ ⠀ So here are 15 things about me you might not know about if you’re new around here :) ⠀ ⠀ 1. I relocated to NYC from Los Angeles with my hubby @fredcip six months ago. 2. He’s also the man behind the lens and we’ve been going steady for almost 10 years now. We got married in Paris 3 years ago (One of our favorite cities) 3. I grew up not in one, but four cities. Born in Boston, moved to Chicago, then Princeton, before landing in Palo Alto. My Dad’s a professor so we bounced around a little. 4. Before I was blogging, I worked full time as a fashion publicist and on the weekends would assist stylists and contribute write for different sites - writing is my true passion. 5. I wake up naturally with the sunrise with so many ideas, it’s why it’s my favorite time to write. 6. I eat udon or spaghetti about 3 times a week, noodles are my weakness! That and dark chocolate. 7. I listen to classical music when I work, classic rock or motown when I cook and love to sing and dance to tropical house & electropop but don’t ask me to sing karaoke! 8. Margo of Margo & Me is my French Bulldog, she’s 8. @Fredcip & I got her together, our first child LOL! But seriously, we treat her like one. 9. I spent summer and winter holidays in a coastal town in Italy growing up and speak a little Italian because of it. 10. I’ve had bangs all my life and have never grown them out. 11. I don’t much care for sports, watching or playing. I’ve never been a competitive person. I’m more competitive with myself. 12. I admire people who are verbally captivating and have a ton of respect for people who are good at public speaking. 13. I can’t watch scary movies, like ever. Probably because I believe in ghosts. 14. I feel happiest or most free when I am riding a bike or practicing yoga. 15. I have high hopes for a little family, a life in the Italian countryside, owning a flower shop and writing a book. But in no particular order. Now, tell me a little about you!

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Add a pair of plaid slacks to your repertoire. 

Put your black Chelsea boots back in the closet and reach for a pair of snake-print booties instead.

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the day I decided to wear yellow socks

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There's no dreary enough of a day that a statement coat can't make better.

Stay cozy this winter in a knit dress.

Do your pants have personality? If not, invest in a pair, friends.

Up next: seven winter fashion trends that are taking over Instagram.