Mixing Textures in All Black

Last weekend I went to see Idina Menzel perform in the musical If/Then. It was amazing! My husband and I chose to spend the day in Seattle, which meant that I needed an outfit that would easily transition from day into night. Believe me, it was so hard not to want to “costume change!” Because black is both elegant and chic, I chose to go for a street chic look in all black. I like to call it the day time version of the LBD. Read on to see more of this effortless yet stylish look and discover my style tip on how to master it yourself!stylemissmolly_9198_blog


I chose to go for a contrast of a chunky cowl neck sweater and skinny faux leather leggings. I love this look because it is not only comfortable, but also extremely chic. While the leggings bring a sleek and elegant look, the over-sized sweater brings smart practicality to the look. So smart, I didn’t even need to wear a jacket!


Funny story to illustrate how much I love these shoes. After the show, we came outside and it was pouring rain. It was several blocks to the car and I didn’t have an umbrella. I started running down the streets of Seattle and may or may not have yelled “Not my suede booooooties!!” Seriously. I love these so much, I have taken them to the shoe cobbler already to have the heels caps replaced. I will be so sad when I have to part with these!stylemissmolly_9176_blog
stylemissmolly_9125_blog-2Style tip: When going for a monochromatic look, mix textures to add dimension to the outfit.

This tip is the most important and doesn’t only apply to black. I mixed faux leather leggings, suede booties, a polyester sweater, and leather cross body handbag, all of which were black, but stood separate on it’s own due to the variety of textures.


I hope you enjoyed my all black look and would love to hear how you style an all black outfit!

Let’s not forget the wise words of Neiman Marcus , “Women who wear all black lead colorful lives!”

Keep smiling!missMollyHeader

Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. November 16, 2015 / 11:57 am

    You look so chic and beautiful, Molly! You know what they say, “When in doubt, wear black.” Black is so timeless and will work for any occasion. Love the chunky cowl neck sweater, perfect for Seattle weather 🙂

    • November 16, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you, Aiko! I used to fear that wearing all black was too dark, but I think that it is perfectly acceptable to wear! Now I just embrace the black with a smile and all is well!

      🙂 Molly

  2. November 16, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    hahaha I came to read this funny story! Babe you are so cute! I love how you are afraid to damage your boots! and I can’t blame you they are AMAZING! I’m like you! If I love something especially a pair of shoes, I have to take good care of them!
    Great post my gorgeous friend ♥ love your tips!

    • November 16, 2015 / 9:28 pm

      It may just be more funny to me because I am still laughing at my silly self! Thankful for weather protectant that were already on them so they didn’t get ruined! Thank you for stopping by!

      🙂 Molly

    • November 16, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      Oh thank you so much! I love to downplay leather leggings with oversized sweaters! Still comfortable, still chic!

      🙂 Molly

    • November 18, 2015 / 11:56 am

      Thank you! These are the first pair I’ve purchased that actually fit me great! I love them!


    • November 18, 2015 / 11:56 am

      Thanks so much!
      Keep smiling!
      🙂 M olly

    • November 18, 2015 / 11:58 am

      Thanks Marta! So sweet of you to stop by!

      🙂 Molly

  3. November 17, 2015 / 10:48 am

    Lol, oh Molly that is something I would yell out loud as well! It is good to know that your shoes survived. Totally love how you mixed two different type of textures. Thanks for the tips!
    – Robin

    • November 18, 2015 / 11:59 am

      Haha I’m so glad I’m not the only one who would yell it out loud! You definitely need to try texture mixing. So much fun!

      🙂 Molly

    • November 18, 2015 / 11:59 am

      Thank you Julianna! I’ve had these booties for the longest time, but take really good care of them so they hold up wear and tear! Hope you’re having a great week!

      🙂 Molly

  4. November 18, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    You look gorgeous in this simple chic look! I love your tips on mixing textures.

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:17 pm

      Thanks Asa! Mixing textures is so fun especially when wearing all of the same color! PS I LOVED having lunch with you the other day! You are SO sweet!

      🙂 Molly

  5. November 23, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    This is the perfect transition outfit from day to night! You can never go wrong with black and the mixing of textures really brings out this look even more. These black booties make ur legs look even more amazing!

    Such amazing tips in this post:-)


    • November 23, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you, I’m so glad you agree! It was hard finding just the right transition outfit. I asked my husband and he obviously had NO idea! Haha Why do I even bother asking him for his advice?!

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