Just Black & White

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I’ve been talking a lot about the benefits of summer minimalism. (I talked about it LAST summer, too.) I think this outfit may be my favorite version of this pragmatism. It’s feminine and fashionable without sacrificing any comfort or practicality in this sweltering heat.

Camisole: AYR | Skirt: AR | Sandals: Paul Andrew | Necklace: Catbird
Camisole: AYR | Skirt: AR | Sandals: Paul Andrew | Necklace: Catbird

First, let’s talk about the pieces’ origin stories:

The silk tank was a bit of an investment (available here), but I’ve worn it so many times, it’s already paid itself off. The skirt was a lucky find at Tokio 7, my favorite NYC consignment place. Its light ruffle at the bottom adds something special, I think. (Side note: I collect pleated skirts like it’s my job — here are my versions in camel and black.) The sandals were a birthday present last year (last seen here).

The outfit was inspired by a photo I saw of Amanda Brooks, former fashion director of Barney’s. Because the pieces are so basic, it was easily recreated by things I already had in my closet

Amanda Brooks in a Proenza Schouler skirt, Ralph Lauren camisole, Phillip Lim belt and shoes. This was taken during Fashion Week when she served as Fashion Director for Barneys.
My inspiration: Amanda Brooks in a Proenza Schouler skirt, Ralph Lauren camisole, Phillip Lim belt and shoes. This was taken during Fashion Week when she served as Fashion Director for Barneys.

This type of color palette is so malleable and classic. You could easily wear the skirt with a black turtleneck, tights and boots for fall, or dress it up with wedges and a white blouse for the office.

The overall direction of the outfit all comes down the heaviness of your accessories: a belt and chunky necklace would instantly elevate this for dinner, for example. (I kept my silhouette simpler, since I was headed to Central Park.)

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Are there any no-fail color combinations you swear by?