All Black Outfit With Nude Shoes

black + blonde

all black with nude shoes

sunglasses | earrings | sweater | bag (similar) | ring | jeans (similar) | shoes

Perhaps it’s because we recently watched the entire three seasons of Wallander, with all that moody Swedish light and those sparse Scandinavian interiors. Or perhaps I just need the occasional visual palate cleanse. Either way, I was in the mood for a very pared-down look.

Kenneth Branagh in "Wallander"

Kenneth Branagh as “Wallander.” Still not too hard on the eyes.

This ring is a perfect simple, bold accessory for the outfit.

Ever since I pinned this all-black-with-nude-shoes outfit, I’ve been obsessed with trying to recreate it for myself, but just couldn’t get the look right. With a pointed toe pump (the only nude shoes in my wardrobe), my feet looked disproportionately small. I decided a shoe with more visual volume was needed, but hadn’t found the right ones until I saw these block-heel sandals sitting on the shelf at Eileen Fisher. They are perfect, and so very comfortable.

While I like the concept of this outfit, and shoes and accessories, I think I can put together a better version with a bit more of the softness and movement I prefer. And we did enjoy Wallander, despite the occasional credulity-stretching plot conveniences, and frequent “two degrees of separation” between the main character and either victims or perpetrators.

Does the mood of a movie or TV show ever inspire your outfit choices?

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64 Comments

  1. Janice
    March 6, 2015 / 4:19 am

    OOoh, could you change it to black and beige? or black and neutral? As an Irish girl, black and tan always has such negative connotations…
    hugs,
    Janice

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 5:30 am

      Hi Janice, I was thinking of the drink. Is there another association?

      • Janice
        March 6, 2015 / 7:32 am

        British Military in Ireland. Cruel, violent, and bitterly hated. It kills me that a perfectly good drink can remind some people of such terrible times.

        One of the nicest things about you is that you’re so open minded!
        hugs,
        Janice

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Done, and sorry about that. I had no idea about the other meaning.

  2. March 6, 2015 / 4:32 am

    Beautiful shoes! They bookend your hair perfectly and an all black outfit gets full marks from me 🙂 Very elegant. I am also a Wallander fan! Easy on the eye indeed 🙂 And I quite like his style!

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:19 pm

      Deborah, thanks so much!

  3. March 6, 2015 / 4:58 am

    This is beautiful head to toe. I watched a movie called Be Cool years ago with Uma Thurman and I was so obsessed with her wardrobe that I actually sketched out each outfit so I’d remember.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      Joni, wow, that’s impressive that you sketched them all out. And thank you!

  4. March 6, 2015 / 5:39 am

    I love black and tan, if not the “black and tans” or police force created by the British to fight IRA and pretty much loathed by the Irish people…I think I have that correct. Thanks to Adrien McKinty novels.
    Love Wallander as well. The long shots of flat countryside where everything seems to look like either a wheat field or the sky…are what I remember. Brilliantly shot. But you’re right sometimes the plots are a bit iffy.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      susan, thanks for the background. I was unaware of that association. Yes, the cinematography in Wallander was outstanding and really set a mood.

  5. pink azalea
    March 6, 2015 / 5:46 am

    I can’t think of anything off the top of my head as far as movies or TV, except maybe Lady Mary’s recent haircut and sleek clothing. I do like the color combination of this outfit. The colors of your hair, skin, and accessories are a great contrast to the black. I really love a crisp unfaded black. What you are showing here is just right, to me.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      pink azalea, thank you! I love those deep blacks too.

  6. March 6, 2015 / 6:16 am

    Yes to a mature Kenneth Branagh – I find him so watchable. Love your black and nude look, and I agree – wearing all black is like a rest for my spirit.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:41 pm

      Patti, thank you! It’s interesting how black feels so serene to some of us. And Kenneth…he’s always been lovely to watch, more so now than ever.

      • March 8, 2015 / 3:46 pm

        Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, too!

  7. Rita
    March 6, 2015 / 6:19 am

    I have a vintage vicuna coat that I think of as my Downton Abbey coat. And a couple Spencer Alexis outfits, one has a grey lace skirt & fringed top. When I want to go all out, I wear it with pointed-toe lace-up boots and a reproduction Victorian hat.

    • Elle
      March 6, 2015 / 4:36 pm

      I too have what I think of as a “Downton Abbey” coat – with a distinctive fold-over collar. I love the sleek (no waist), lace trimmed dresses, the “mary jane” type shoes, the cloche hats.

      • une femme
        March 6, 2015 / 6:21 pm

        Elle, the coat sounds lovely. I like so many of those early 20th century styles. Have you ever watched House of Elliott?

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      Rita, that sounds absolutely lovely!

      • Rita
        March 7, 2015 / 6:41 am

        Thanks for the tip on “House of Elliot”, I’m going to order the DVD set.

  8. DK
    March 6, 2015 / 6:25 am

    I just bought that exact sweater a few days ago!
    Am also a Wallander fan, but enjoyed the swedish version even more than the Kenneth Branagh ones.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      DK, it’s such an easy sweater to style, isn’t it? Have added the Swedish version to my list to find and watch.

  9. Arlene
    March 6, 2015 / 7:01 am

    I am fairly new to you blog and love it! It’s the first thing I look at when I openly computer. Please tell me how you arrived at your current hair color. It’s fabulous, as is the cut, and such a difference from your earliest blogs.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Arlene, thanks so much! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. I’m very fortunate to have a GREAT colorist/stylist. A couple of years ago I got tired of how quickly my red color faded and roots showed, so showed him a picture of a very platinum style (might have been Agness Deyn) and he loved the challenge. We’ve tweaked just a little over the last few months, going cooler with the base color over time, and I’m very happy with the color right now.

  10. Wendy
    March 6, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Another vote for Swedish Wallander but , unlike some ,I’m happy with subtitles . I found Branagh rather over emotional . I do like your pared down look as I’m not keen on too many fussy bits now .

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Wendy, now I’m going to have to track down the Swedish version! Thanks, I’m also in fuss-avoidance mode.

  11. March 6, 2015 / 7:31 am

    I really like the shoes. I have tan shoes left over from other days and will try them with black. I haven’t seen the Swedish Wallander but I did enjoy Branagh.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Madame Là-bas, I’ve seen so many great outfits using tan shoes with black. Hope you’ll share on your blog. And thanks!

  12. KPL
    March 6, 2015 / 7:38 am

    I like this more minimal look on you very much. And great ring!

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      KPL, thanks so much!

  13. Joan
    March 6, 2015 / 7:52 am

    Matthew Branagh is lovely, as is this outfit. I tend to steer clear of movie-inspired outfits after I overdid the safari look in high school. A friend took one look at my long green skirt, khaki blouse and scarf, and said “I had a farm in Africa…”

    I do lust after some of Katniss’ sweaters in Catching Fire, although the one worn over the jacket seems impractical.

    I also like Tea Leoni’s outfits in Madame Secretary, except for her tendency to wear long-sleeve blouses with 3/4 length blazers, which just looks weird. What do you think about that look? (If you’re not familiar, there’s a pic here: https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/madam-secretary-ratings-cbs.jpg?w=670&h=377&crop=1)

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Joan, weren’t we all inspired by the lovely costumes in Out of Africa? I think that movie launched a thousand safari jackets. 😉 I kind of like longer sleeves underneath 3/4 sleeve jackets, but more so for tees or sweaters. And thank you!

      • Susan
        March 7, 2015 / 6:27 am

        I agree with Joan about the 3/4 jackets. I much prefer the outfits that Juliana Marguiles wears on The Good Wife.

  14. Murphy
    March 6, 2015 / 7:53 am

    Ever since we watched 3 seasons of Borgen, I have wanted a watermelon pink wool coat like the one Birgitta wears!
    Love the black outfit with light shoes!

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Murphy, I’ve never seen Borgen, but now am intrigued and will have to check it out. Thank you!

  15. nell
    March 6, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Wow, your ring and your beautiful hands are stand-outs! Also, Kenneth Branagh never fails to fascinate. Found him a bit mopey (but eminently watchable) as Wallander– hubby and I love whodunits, and the Scandinavian settings were refreshing. I think of him as a Spring or some other “light” entity though, so like him better in, say, blue oxford cloth or maybe a yellow v neck sweater, ha.

    Movie clothes and settings are an endless source of inspiration. Loved Kim Novak’s dove gray suits in “Vertigo”, Joan Bennett’s suburban California outfits in “The Reckless Moment”, and so many more. Film noir is my biggest sartorial influence!

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      nell, thank you. Oh yes, film noir costuming was some of the best!

  16. March 6, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Very chic…love the shoes and the ring with that leopard clutch.
    We have seen several episodes of Wallender but right now we are watching Land Girls on Netflix…set in wartime England. Quite good and the setting and sets are gorgeous.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:27 pm

      Hostess, thanks so much! I’ll have to check out Land Girls too.

  17. Pam
    March 6, 2015 / 10:23 am

    I have a question about the EF sweater. Really like the way it looks. Do you find that it is lightweight enough to 1. work for summertime indoor air conditioned environment, and 2. skim the body curves when you move to show hint of waistline?

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:27 pm

      Pam, thanks! I do think this sweater would be too heavy/warm for summer. It’s cut straight up and down, but I think it’s soft enough that it doesn’t look boxy. You might check out some of the linen sweaters for warm weather options, plus they drape very nicely.

  18. March 6, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I love this colour combination. You look so casual-glam in it to my eye. And I love how you’ve slipped in that photo of Ken (on a first name basis doncha know?). At first I thought it was your husband with the similar photo vibe. Woody Allen spoiled my image of Ken since the movie Celebrity, not in a bad way; it’s just harder to take him seriously now. Do movies influence my personal styling? All the time! I recognized Wendy Brandes’ ring immediately. Great piece!

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:24 pm

      Melanie, I figured we could all use some Friday eye candy. I haven’t seen that movie, but I’ve heard he’s rather a handful to work with IRL. Still…
      And thank you!

  19. March 6, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Since you’ve watched all of Wallander, check out “Salamander .” You always look so sharp. Great looks.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:23 pm

      Sandra, making a note of it and will look it up on Netflix. Thanks so much!

  20. Catherine ( Cathy) Davidoff
    March 6, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    Your sweater is great! In fact, it’s exactly like my sweater except that the color of mine is denim. I love your blog and have been addicted for about six months. You’ve converted me to Eileen Fisher. I’d never tried her before and now I just can’t stop. Your style is perfect, simple and somewhat feminine. Please know that you’re an inspiration and keep up the good work!

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:22 pm

      Cathy, thanks so much! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the blog and found it helpful.

  21. March 6, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    I love this look. The simplicity is great/ and the blocked heel adds just enough interest, IMO, along with your clutch and the ring.

    • une femme
      March 6, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      amidprivilege, thanks so much! I really like the block heels that are trending now. Easier to walk in too!

  22. March 7, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    You are wonderful and beautiful. Love it all.

    • une femme
      March 7, 2015 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you so much Marsha!

  23. stylecrone
    March 7, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    You do “pared down” to perfection. Your ensemble makes the leopard print bag and your gorgeous Wendy B ring pop. It’s all about the details.

  24. March 7, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Deja,
    You’ve got such fab footwear so you need to keep those lines clean and simple and not clutter things up with those cuffs. Perhaps you’ve heard GSL has a little Al Jarreau in his reportoire with his “…morning Mr. Shoeshine Man..shine ’em up in Black & Tan…”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzXNdLVZs3k

  25. Lady of Style
    March 8, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    This neutral colour combination is one of my favourite! Always in love with animal prints.
    Although we had a wonderful spring weekend, it is yet too early for open shoes but I love your open booties!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  26. Beata
    March 8, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Great outfit ! You look fabulous . Love the leopard print bag 🙂 x

  27. March 8, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    I hadn’t thought of trying nude heels with black…very nice look!! Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

  28. March 9, 2015 / 3:33 am

    Definitely those days of Sex and The City was inspiring for me, but now that I watch Games Of Throne, how inspiring can that be? 😉 I always think that black outfit compliments blonde really well. The pin inspiration is cool and I too wish I could find my perfect nude pump soon…

  29. March 9, 2015 / 7:30 am

    Simple is sophisticated, and this outfit certainly fits that. I love the leopard bag. A touch of leopard really does transform and outfit.
    Join the SHOE AND TELL LINK UP today on Style Nudge. It’s all about leopard!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

    • une femme
      March 9, 2015 / 9:23 am

      Cherie, I’ve tried linking a couple of times but keep getting an error message. Will try again later, thanks!

  30. Jess
    March 9, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Love this look, very traditional and classic! Great clutch and I love Wallander, I have seen both the Swedish actor and Kenneth Branaugh play the character. Great stories!

    from the link up, please stop by, jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

  31. March 9, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Your touches of nude and leo soften the all black look. You look great! BTW – Yes please to the ring 🙂

  32. Jan Graham-McMillen
    March 10, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    You look fabulous in your Wallanderette outfit! Very chic,very sleek, very broody, so Nordic looking … I agree. (Branagh improves with age, I agree.) Delicious Wendy ring, too! I’d love to have the style-smarts to consider how my foot proportion figures into style equations … gotta consider this in future. And you’re talking about a subject that I’ve been thinking a bit about this very week. I fell into three very good deals on three pairs of pale tan/nude spring sandals, in varying-degrees-of-dressy sandals, a pair each of Gianni Binni, Vince Camuto and Alex/Marie. I’m determined to learn how to get the most out of nude shoes this spring, but even though they theoretically go with “evertything”, I suspect there’s a trick to make them really work well. What, pray, are your thoughts on this?

    • une femme
      March 15, 2015 / 6:43 am

      Jan, what I’ve found is that light or nude shoes work best when there’s something light on the top half to balance them out. A light blouse or top, a jacket, or in my case, hair. 😉

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