Tuesday, December 15, 2015


{ Madewell turtleneck sweater / Elizabeth and James dress (sold out, similar) / DKNY tights / Vince ankle boots / Schott 'Perfecto' jacketCeline sunnies (c/o) / Beau & Ro bag (c/o) }

There's a quote floating around that I often see on Pinterest that says—and I'm paraphrasing here—"I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color." I know that quotes on Pinterest are cheesy as hell, but I kinda like this one and I don't care who knows it. Everyone looks better in black and much like Paris, it is always a good idea. (See what I did there with that oft-stolen and overly-quoted line from Sabrina?)

Anyway, I've gotten into a very monochromatic mood over the past few years, especially when it comes to piling on layers and textures of black on black. It's easy, inconspicuous and sort of makes me feel like I'm walking around New York in a suit of armor.


When my dad got me this Schott NYC leather Perfecto jacket for Christmas a few years ago, even then I had no idea how much I would end up wearing it, and how essential it would become in my wardrobe. Talk about something that feels like armor! A great leather jacket shields you against the elements, looks better with age and will last you a lifetime if you invest wisely. I prefer the moto style of the classic Perfecto because it adds an element of edgy, badass style to my mostly prep-clectic wardrobe. (Shop more moto-style jackets here.)

{ Kind of obsessed with this Beau & Ro bag that is both a belt bag and a clutch; and can't wait to wear it with my cowboy boots in Sun Valley this winter... }

Here's a fun thing: I'm really excited that this extremely sexy, extremely fitted Elizabeth and James dress is getting a second life in the winter thanks to some good layering. My Madewell turtleneck is from last season, but they've got a nearly identical one now. Just add tights (these are insanely warm and awesome reversible DKNY black/navy tights) and you're ready for anything. (My E and J dress is sold out, but you can shop more of their sleek, minimal frocks right this way.)

This post was also created in partnership with SmartBuyGlasses, an eyewear retailer that works with Unite For Sight to provide optical services for people in need. They're also pretty awesome because they stock some of the hardest-to-find designer shades, including these polarized Celine 'Audrey' shades from 2012 that are currently out of production and not all that easy to find online. I've had my eyes on these for a while (pun intended) and am so excited to wear them with everything—not just everything black.

It seems a little crazy to look at this outfit now (which we photographed on a chilly morning) knowing that it's currently 60 degrees in NYC! We're having a very strange, very warm start to winter, but I'm hoping that 2016 will bring a dip in temperatures so we can cozy up in our wool sweaters, leather jackets and tights! 


Photos by Bekka Palmer


  1. So chic. Love it.



  2. It's just wow!! Black is the vibrant color & looks perfect in every kind of outfit. Your jacket is looking just cool & stylish. Thanks for sharing.