Posted on Oct 17 2012

Back to Black

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I just returned to crisp, cool Seattle after a week in NYC.  I absolutely love NYC in the fall. As a PNW-er, I’m always amazed by how warm it stays on the East Coast, straight into September.

It was a magical week to be there, though: three days in, the weather really started to turn and it was interesting to see the street style that emerged on chillier days: bare to covered legs, either in skinny jeans or leather, wedges to booties (always short and black), open weave sweaters to structured blazers, and layering galore — always in black, black, black.

Photos from stylesight.com


Black is a great style philosophy, in that pairing pieces is a no-brainer. Plus, it’s modern, chic, and super versatile. Just when you didn’t think you need another black “anything” in your wardrobe, there are tons of new silhouettes, fabrics and details that instantly update your mainstays.  A few of my new favorites are a gorgeous new Giles blouse made in Italy that I picked up in Toronto (more to come on the best sales associate I have ever discovered), a Jason Wu jacket in black and charcoal and the piece de résistance, my Helmut Lang leather leggings (my 3rd pair, FYI).  After the multiple ways I styled them this week, I have more than got my money’s worth already.  So, put these on your shopping list ASAP:

  • Sheer black blouse with detailed sleeve and a longer hem (dress is up or down)
  • Hip length structured jacket that can be worn with black pant, skinny jean or wide leg trouser (the perfect 3rd piece; and most important, you must get a leather legging (worth splurging for so it doesn’t stretch out after one wearing – remember it’s a work horse after all).

As much as we all want to find the new black, there really isn’t one.  For travel, and for most events this time of year, there just really isn’t anything better.  Just keep it chic and new.  It’s all in how it’s styled.

Check out my Fall Style boards on Pinterest for more ideas.

Time for yoga. Grabbing water and running out the door. Namaste.



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Loretta Soffe - Principal