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As a New Yorker, it is standard to have too many black pieces in your wardrobe.  However, after many years of working in the cosmetics industry and being forced to wear black, I rebelled for a little while.  I purchased only non-black clothing, until I realized that when I wanted something basic and classic to go to – it was the only answer.  So I began buying black pieces again, but my rule is to find things that have a little something different to them – like this blouse.  The bell sleeves give it an extra flair that makes it feel a little more exciting (yes, blouses give me a thrill, ok?).  A standard black pencil skirt is a non-negotiable for me, and this one from Ann Taylor has been worn so often I am concerned it just may fall off me one day.  But if I am going to wear an all black ensemble, then bold accessories are a must – even if just a few.  These silver J.Crew pumps are probably one of the best buys I have made all year – seriously.  When am I NOT wearing them?  It’s ok if you don’t remember, I pulled the posts for you – here, here, and here.  See?  They go with everything.  It’s a shame I didn’t buy a back up.  Oh, geez.  Would you listen to me?  

Blouse – Club Monaco | Skirt – Ann Taylor | Belt – Club Monaco (old but similar here and here) | Necklace – Ann Taylor (old but similar here) | Shoes – J.Crew (similar here and here) | Lips – Armani Rouge Ecstasy 503

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