Black Basics

Living in New York has taught me a plethora of things, but on the sartorial front, I’ve figured out that my wardrobe can fully-function around a few black basics. A great pair of black jeans, a few pairs of black pumps (New York literally consumes shoes), a black tailored blazer, a black vest, a fabulous black handbag, and a pair of chic black sunnies. I mean, really… Do you need anything else? While we’re on the topic of vests, I hope you’re a vest kind of girl because I have a feeling I’m going to be wearing this one all season long. And then in the summer, too. And probably in the fall. It’s that good. And its under $30!

As for another closet staple, these black suede, pointed-toe, d’orsay pumps are perfect for city dwellers. They have a pretty low heel so walking around all day isn’t a problem at all! I absolute;y love the pointed toe and the interior cut-out, too.

C.Wonder Camo Blouse (similar under $25!) | Target Vest | rag & bone Jeans | Sole Society Pumps c/o | 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli | Capwell + Co Necklace & Bracelet | Michael Kors Watch | Tom Ford Sunglasses | Earrings from Lemon Stripes (thanks Julia!)

Photos taken by Hallie Wilson

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  1. 3.25.14
    Deanna said:

    Recently bought that vest in white –obsessed! Love the camo top.

    Because I’m Obsessed

  2. 3.25.14

    I love that black vest and those shoes are to die for!

    Kristin of

  3. 3.25.14
    Kayla said:

    Ah I love the camo! SOO cute Jessica!


  4. 3.25.14

    LOVE this look, Jess! I’ve been eyeing the Old Navy version of this blouse — it pairs so perfectly with this vest!

  5. 3.25.14

    Love the outfit! I bought that same vest too.

  6. 3.25.14
    Meagan said:
  7. 3.25.14

    LOVE that vest! I’ve been looking for the perfect crisp vest to wear as a layering piece this spring. Cannot believe the price!


  8. 3.25.14

    I absolutely ADORE your pumps. You look so city chic! And you and Hallie are killin’ it with the photos!!



  9. 3.25.14

    Love the top and the shoes. Fab!

  10. 3.25.14
    Deirdre said:

    Really love the camo top! You’re brave to attempt heels all day in the city.

  11. 3.25.14
    Danielle said:

    I love this whole look. I think that camo blouse is so perfect and I love that you made it look so feminine with the accessories. I may need to scoop that up!

    Danielle xx

  12. 3.25.14

    What a fantastic button up! Love the pattern.

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  13. 3.25.14
    Andrea said:

    Love the camo blouse, perfect for spring layering!


  14. 3.25.14
    Dana said:

    Fantastic look! Love the camo and black!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  15. 3.25.14
    Casey said:

    Black basics are always key. Love the vest.

  16. 3.25.14

    What a cute and casual look! This is something myself would absolutely wear as well!

  17. 3.25.14
    Jamie said:

    Loooooove those pumps, especially being a heavy walker + living in the city shoes basically dissipate overnight on me. I may have to splurge and invest in these because they truly are the perfect height!

  18. 3.25.14
    sasa said:

    Dear Jessica, looking cute and chic. Hope the weather will be better soon:) XOXO

    New on

  19. 3.25.14
    Nicola said:
  20. 3.25.14
    Stacey said:

    Wow I would never have thought that vest was from target! You look fabulous!

    Five Minute Styleย 

  21. 3.25.14

    So chic! I love the vest!

    Crumbs & Curls

  22. 3.25.14
    Emily said:

    I am so digging this look! I’ve been in love with camo this and last season, and I like how you girled it up with the pumps! The D’Orsay silhouette is so exciting and different — I’m excited about getting my hands on some soon!


  23. 3.25.14
    Courtney said:

    In love with the combo of the vest and the camo shirt!

  24. 3.27.14

    I actually have a similar vest and never thought to wear it casually – so thanks for the idea ๐Ÿ˜‰ And those d’orsay black pumps are perfect!

  25. 3.28.14

    I love this combination of edgy heels and a fun camo top, and you can’t go wrong with affordable! I think I will have to go pick up a vest to create an outfit like this. Thanks for the inspiration!