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Top 10 Black Basics

Ten Black Essentials Every NYC Girl Owns

Ten Black Essentials Every NYC Girl Owns

A New Yorker’s style can often be colorful and eccentric, but any true New Yorker knows the real answer to dressing well—take it back to black. Whether you’re headed to the city that doesn’t sleep, live there (if so, you probably don’t ever call it that), or just appreciate an all black look, here are the top ten essential black pieces you’re sure to find in stylish closets across all boroughs. Black is forgiving, goes with anything, and always looks cool, so keep it simple and chic in the best black basics every NYC girl is sure to own.  

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March 7, 2017

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Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

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Classic Tee: We sincerely hope they keep making this tee always and forever. It has a sexy deep v-neck, those little pockets we love, and is the perfect black tee to pair with nearly anything. 


Nine West Tatiana Pumps

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Everyday Pumps: No closet (or NYC wardrobe) is complete without the perfect pair of black pumps. These Nine West beauties are super versatile and can competently make the switch from day to night. 


Topshop Split Cuff Blazer

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Staple Black Blazer: You can throw this roomy split cuff blazer over nearly any outfit to give it that effortlessly cool vibe we all love. Plus, it has pretty, shiny buttons. 


Treasure&Bond Winsor Block Heel Bootie

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Block Heeled Booties: Get yourself a pair of black suede ankle booties that go with everything. This versatile pair has a stacked block heel that adds height and style while maintaining comfort, so you can wear them all day and night. 


Hue Women's Ultra Leggings with Wide Waistband

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Comfy Leggings: Now these are comfortable. Featuring an extra wide waistband that acts like a control top, they won’t lose their shape or sag despite repeated washing. 


Trouve Leather Moto Jacket

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Go-To Leather Jacket: If it seems like everyone in New York has a leather jacket, it’s because they do. Totally worth the investment, this chic minimalist number will get you years of wear. 


Everlane Leather Street Shoe

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Slip-On Sneakers: The perfect slip-on street shoe, these sexy little leather sneakers are made out of luxurious full grain leather, and are a consistent top-seller for Everlane. Be warned, you’ll likely wear them every day. 


J Brand Maria High Rise Photo Ready Jeans

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Simple Black Skinnies: Ah, New York. The place where there’s nothing you can’t do, and the streets are filled with black skinny jeans. These ultra-slim jeans in a flattering high-rise will do the trick quite nicely. 


Equipment Signature Blouse

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Tailored Button-Down Blouse: You will really want to feel this washed silk blouse fluttering against your skin. Super elegant, it has a fold-over collar and an eight-button closure with a box pleat at the back. 


Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Two Wrap Dress

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Little Black Dress: Of course we’re going to end with the perfect DVF LBD for NYC! There’s nothing like her flattering, classic wrap dress in slinky jersey, and the black version will do you a solid for a wide variety of events and functions. 

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