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What New Black?

November 4, 2013


Last week I bought a coat. It was on sale at Zara, which should have made it a no brainer, but I doddled on the “add to cart” button because I couldn’t decide between navy blue or black. Though I’ve been wanting a navy blue coat for awhile, I hovered over the black option, knowing fully well that it would get a lot more use. But my conscience kept telling me that black was a cop out. And isn’t it though? When I’m in my most uninspired of moods, I habitually reach for an all black ensemble because it’s consistently flattering, sophisticated, and easy to put together. So actually, shouldn’t that make it one of the most necessary “colors” in our wardrobes? We all need a go to that makes us look put together even when our minds are not.

This is where I come in in defense of black and tell you, and my conscience (who needs her anyway?), that black is anything but a cop out. As much as I love color and exploding patterns, there are few outfits that make me feel as sleek and powerful as one made up of black from head-to-toe. And if my defense isn’t convincing you, then allow me to present my offense of all black looks that I’ve scouted and collected from the world wide web-o-sphere. Be prepared to be tackled while you scroll…




As people continue to search for “the new black,” I’m going to go ahead and say that there is no such thing. Black will always win. Orange can have its moment. We all know how oxblood dominated last year. But when it comes down to it, black will never go out of style. And thus, it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I opted against my crazy conscience and selected the black coat over the blue, and I don’t consider it to be a cop out.

Back to Black

February 27, 2012
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by Sonia

Behold the quintessential all black New Yorker outfit. No, not necessarily “exciting” (hey, Rooney Mara gets away in all black all the time!), but when you’re hitting the pavement searching for apartments all day you gotta go with something that provides at least one of the following: comfort, functionality, and spandex. I went with all three.

There’s something to be said for all black ensembles (though I’ve said it before here and here…and here…), for though they can at first appear Boring with a capital B, you’ll soon learn that it’s all about the details.

Continue reading, young grasshoppers.

Take these pants that want to call themselves leggings. Leather paneling on the front, stretchy spandex in the back, thus separating them from the Ugg boots and sorority sweatshirt requirements — or so I like to think. Then you have the sweater - which isn’t really pictured here as it was too cold to remove my sleeping bag parka and I was suffering from a caffeine high (see penguin photo below) - featuring the wonderful inside-out look where hemlines and seams get a standing ovation. And lastly, the shoes. I’ve wanted wedged sneakers since Spice World came out and my Mom refused to buy them for me. Well look at me now, Ma! Wedge sneakers on me feets!

And there you have it; a basic outfit that gets its thrills in the details. Note: colorful nails and some jewelry always help, too!

Impersonating penguins standing on one foot is one of my specialties.

{ Moncler Jacket, Vince Sweater, Paige Leather Leggings c/o, Ash Sneakers, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Proenza Schouler Bag, Catbird Rings, Forever21 Bracelets }

// photos by Emily Malan