Black On Black On Bradbury

Hop on the Los Angeles metro’s red Line; get off at Pershing Square; walk down 5th and cut a left onto Broadway and you’ll make your way to 304 S broadway, The BradBury Building. From the outside it is a very unsuspecting looking building but walking inside you quickly understand what the fuss is all about. That’s why we chose to highlight a minimalistic all black look here. The beautiful scenery almost elevated this simplistic look to another level.

A stop on most walking tours of Downtown Los Angeles, the historic Bradbury Building is a stunning example of late 1800 american architecture.
A stop on most walking tours of Downtown Los Angeles, the historic Bradbury Building is a stunning example of late 1800 american architecture.

Built in 1983 the Bradbury Building automatically grabs your attention as you walk into the light filled victorian courtyard for the first time. The court rises almost fifty feet with open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings. Still an operating Office building, guest are only allowed into the courtyard but trust me that is enough for a sensory overload.

The Look

Black On Black On Black

We all know I love color, but one of my favorite looks of all time, is ALL BLACK. When suited up, to me nothing compares to black on black. Black just seems to cut and shape the body in such a flattering way, making even the most doughy man look as sharp as a tack. Street style is the same. All black is easy, edgy and so ridiculously cool it should be illegal! I literally threw on my favorite black wing tipped boots, and black basics and I couldn’t have looked any cooler. Check it out.

Shirt: Forever 21 $14.99 Pants: H&M $19.99 Boots: Buffalo Exchange (2nd hand store) $24.99 As you can see this look cost next to nothing. I usually pick up my basics from stores like this and dress them up with more expensive pieces.
Shirt: Forever 21 $14.99
Pants: H&M $19.99
Boots: Buffalo Exchange (2nd hand store) $24.99
As you can see this look cost next to nothing. I usually pick up my basics from stores like this and dress them up with more expensive pieces.
I kept the accessories simple as usual. I picked up the neckless at the OC fair for $3 and watch is one of my favorites. A gift from my father.
I kept the accessories simple as usual. I picked up the neckless at the OC fair for $3 and watch is one of my favorites. A gift from my father.
I love how the boots are polished only at get tip and matte everywhere else.
I love how the boots are polished only at the tip and matte everywhere else.
Sunglasses: Aldo 2 for $20.00
Sunglasses: Aldo 2 for $20.00

The combination of this simple black look against the striking details of the Bradbury’s Victorian courtyard is, dare I say, perfect in so many ways. Every shot was something for the record books. Raw, rough, dark, but also vibrant, warm and glamorous at the same time.

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So there you have it. Go out and re create this look by buying yourself some all black basics. Remember its not about how much you spend with your basics. If they fit well, throw it in the bag. You can always dress up your basics with more expensive statement pieces.

And if you find yourself wandering aimlessly in downtown Los angeles, stop by The Bradbury and take in all the awesomeness that surrounds you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

-Mr. Shipp

Written By: Mr. Shipp  –  Photos by: S&G Photography

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