How to Instantly Elevate a Black & Denim Outfit

Greetings and happy Friday, friends! Our summer-like weather broke, and after a day of rain yesterday (which was very much needed), fall is back, and it is glorious.

We finally turned off the A/C, the windows are all open, and I’m even seeing a few orange leaves on the tree outside my window. I expect it to start looking like fall very soon.

Today I’m sharing a simple look and talking about how to elevate a black and denim outfit.

You probably already guessed — it’s with a pair of statement shoes.

They don’t have to be animal print, but I have these gorgeous leopard pointy toe ballet flats that I think are perfect with this look. I picked them up last spring when they were on a 40% off sale, and I was so glad they brought them back.

Unfortunately they’re full price at the moment, but I found a few sizes at Zappo’s for 10% off. I guess every little bit helps, but if you like them, I’d wait for a J.Crew sale.

I also have leopard heels that would be stunning with this outfit, but I do a lot of heels, so I styled this look with flats to show you that flats can be chic as well! The key to making these more dressy is the pointy toe and the slight heel.

These leopard flats are truly gorgeous, and I love the black trim and how the heel is covered with the leopard calf hair as well. They are a good quality shoe with leather lining, and they’re more comfortable than you might think; I found they broke in very easily. I wore them all day Wednesday after this photo shoot, and I was very comfortable.

If ordering, I recommend sizing up half to accommodate the pointy toe; I have the 8h Medium (8h equals 8½).

On top, I’m wearing a black blouse with lace yoke and tie collar. The Victorian-inspired styles are trending at the moment, which is not a look I typically gravitate towards, but I really like how this blouse fits.

It’s long and rather voluminous, but it has a nice drape and looks great with a front-tuck. For size reference, I have the small.

I decided to pair this blouse with my new AG Farrah skinny ankle jeans with the frayed hems. The subtle fading creates a nice contrast against the black top, and the higher rise (9.75″) keeps them on trend.

These are from the Shopbop sale last weekend, and they’re also back to full price at the moment. That seems to be the theme of this post! I try to post outfits when at least one component is on sale, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way. This pair is on sale, though, if you’re looking for a similar style.

I like the contrast of the dressier blouse with the slightly faded blue jeans, and then the leopard shoes bring a bit of polish to the whole look.

Other statement shoe options to elevate a black and denim outfit are snake print (obvi) or a bold color like red, rust, yellow, or even white.

Outfit Details:

lace yoke blouse // skinny jeans (sale option/budget option) // leopard flats // black tote (option) // earrings // sunnies c/o Maui Jim

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photos: Alison Cornell