Black & Tan: Color Block for Fall

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Tan Long Vest - [Nordstrom, sold out] Similar Here || Black Cigarette Pant - [J. Crew Factory] || Black Cold Shoulder Cut-Out Sweater - [Topshop, sold out] Similar Here || Two-Tone Pointed Toe Heels - [Aldo, sold out] Similar Here || Marble Print Handbag - [Old Navy] || Gold Lariat Necklace - [Urban Outfitters]  || Geometric Gold Hinge Cuff  - [Nadri]

I'm petite - measuring in at a whopping 5'1" on a day when I feel like using good posture.  Sometimes all of those wild and crazy prints that runway models can pull off can leave me looking like a frazzled oompa-loompa.  No offense to my fellow shorties out there, but let's be honest - we have our hurdles to overcome when it comes to fashion. Don't even get me started on the pant length!  Anyways - busy prints can often dwarf and widen my frame, so I try to stick to solids and LOTS of them.  This outfit is a perfect example!  My base is all-black with the slimming cigarette pants and the funky cold shoulder sweater with cut-out detailing.  We all know by now that black is slimming, and these pieces serve as a great neutral background to give my long-line vest some added pop.  

I've been loving this season's elongated vests that hit around mid-thigh.  Mine falls to the top of my knees since I'm short, but I make it work for me in a few different ways.  First, I put on some high heels, which play nicely with the color-block theme.  Heels heighten my frame and center of gravity, balancing out the extreme proportions of the vest.  Second, I leave the vest open to show off my waistline, and cinch the belt in the back to accentuate my curves.  This technique keeps my frame looking long and lean rather than super squatty.  

I had some fun with the accessories in this look.  I love the hybrid choker-lariat necklace that falls in between the jacket lapels and breaks up some of the black.  The chains of the necklace sway playfully as I walk, flowing lightly like the jacket in the wind.  I also threw on a delicate hinge X-shaped bracelet to give my wrist a subtle sparkle.  The geometric shape is classy and wearable with all sorts of looks.  The real showstopper here is the marble satchel handbag.  Sorry ladies - it's all sold out...although I have seen a few flying across Poshmark and other resale sites if you must have it!  This brings in the trend of bold pops of pattern without having to actually be worn on my body as clothing - a huge plus and a much more flattering way for me to play with the trend.  Win-win!  

I hope you're enjoying the mild fall thus far here in the Midwest!  Cooler temperatures are coming, but until then - I'll relish in the fact that I can run around on date night in a cute ensemble like this!  

Emily Essentially