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 commented:

    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 commented:

    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 commented:
  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
    Vera Sawicki commented:
  10. 3.25.14

    Love the top and the shoes. Fab!

  11. 3.25.14
    Deirdre commented:

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

  12. 3.25.14
    Danielle commented:

    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

  13. 3.25.14
    Alexandra Aimee commented:

    What a fantastic button up! Love the pattern.

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  14. 3.25.14
    Andrea commented:

    Love the camo blouse, perfect for spring layering!


  15. 3.25.14
    Dana commented:

    Fantastic look! Love the camo and black!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  16. 3.25.14
    Casey commented:

    Black basics are always key. Love the vest.

  17. 3.25.14
    kiwifashionblog commented:

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

  18. 3.25.14
    Jamie commented:

    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!

  19. 3.25.14
    sasa commented:

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

    New on

  20. 3.25.14
    Nicola commented:
  21. 3.25.14
    Stacey commented:

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

    Five Minute Style 

  22. 3.25.14

    So chic! I love the vest!

    Crumbs & Curls

  23. 3.25.14
    Emily commented:

    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!


  24. 3.25.14
    Courtney commented:

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

  25. 3.27.14

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

  26. 3.28.14
    Hunter Usiak commented:

    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!