outfit: shades of black

outfit everlane_4547

Many mornings I get dressed in a mad hurry and realize all of a sudden I’m wearing all black.  I second guess myself always, (“hmm, I look like I’m going to a funeral…  maybe I should put on something else?”).  But then I remember this is New York and it’s normal to wear all black almost all of the time.  NY Mag even wrote a little piece on the history of wearing all black in NYC.

I’m trying hard to wear lighter colors and experimented with light tan chinos recently.  I love the look of top-to-bottom creams and light tans, but sadly I spilled coffee all over my pants the other day and it couldn’t be salvaged.  I snagged these J. Crew cafe capri pants secondhand online for $10 (retail $98).  I’m wearing a size 2 for reference (I usually wear a size 27-28 so J. Crew definitely rounds down on sizing).  In general, I don’t shop at J. Crew anymore, but I already own a pair of royal blue cafe capris and they’ve lasted over 5 years and I love the way they fit and feel.  I didn’t want to take a risk on ordering pants from another brand.  For me, pants are the hardest to get the fit right.  My waist to hip ratio is oddly close to 1.

It was easy to find these pants online because everyone shops at J. Crew and this cut was brought back season to season.  My light tan chinos were replaced with this black one.  Why black?  NYC is a dirty place and I need to be able to hide stains so I can wear the same thing over and over again each week.  I’m still trying to wear lighter colors on the lower half of my body though (I’m still awaiting my ES Tilda pants in a light tan color; let’s hope I don’t spill coffee all over those!).

outfit everlane_4548

What about you?  What are your thoughts on the all black look?

[outfit:  everlane texture tank (xs), j. crew cafe capri, stuart weitzman flats, cluse watch]

outfit: basic black

all black outfit

Any girl’s basic uniform in NYC is all black.  I have a handful of loose black shirts with silk or chiffon mixed in to add subtle interest to an all black outfit. And tucking in just the front of this shirt to show off the button on these jeans somehow ties the whole thing together, don’tcha think?

[outfit:  Joe Fresh black top with silk pocket, Madewell high riser skinny skinny jeans, apc half moon bag, vegan arizona birkenstocks, nailcolor essie minimalist]