Monday, September 30, 2013


{ Black cards, black cars, all black everything }

 Before I moved to New York, my mom was keen to frequently remind me that in New York City, you can't leave the house unprepared (much like a boy scout). She always meant this in regards to dress— since you never know who you might meet. True as this is, sometimes a girl doesn't want to go through the whole dog-and-pony show (real pants? actual shoes?) just to get a quick coffee on a Saturday morning.

And so where did this leave me on one such Saturday? I reached for a new favorite go-to combination for fall— sweatshirt, leather leggings and chic, easy slippers. An all-black ensemble with no zippers, laces or buttons makes for a throw-on-and-go look that still looks "prepared." Comfy, stretchy and no effort required? That's my idea of a perfect Saturday ensemble. A dash of leopard makes for the icing on the proverbial cake.

It's worth noting two things here— the first being that this simple sweatshirt was a steal of a find for about $17 at Forever 21, and the second is that these Paige Denim leggings are actually ultra-soft vegan leather (and jersey on the back), and retain their stretch (no saggy knees!) after a day's wear. I'm wholeheartedly obsessed on both accounts.

Along with all-black basics, the little effortless extras make this the ideal "Fancy seeing you here!" outfit for a perfectly sunny-but-cool early fall day. Calf-hair slippers can go from the streets to curled up on the couch in an instant, and a backpack makes the perfect carryall alternative to a fussier handbag.

[Photos by Meghan]

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  1. Love the leather leggings & those slippers are fab - The perfect Fall uniform!

  2. everything turned out so well! all black errrrrthing. you da cutest! (now let me borrow those leggings!)

  3. I'm swooning over those pants! Heck yes, they're fabulous!

  4. A perfect outfit. It looks amazing on you. I love it. Simple and charming.

  5. Loving your effortless chic look! The leopard slippers are super cute. I have leopard cat slippers and can't wait to style them.

  6. I love those Paige leather leggings. I've wanted them since last season. Wish they weren't so expensive! Def worth the investment though. Love the outfit.

  7. I love those pants! So cute :)


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