Styled by OP: Transitioning Timeless Black Staples

Stepping out in classic black separates, summer through fall, like a true New Yorker.

Pleated Drawstring Midi Skirt
Olivia Palermo Collection

Pleated Drawstring Midi Skirt

$169

Dark hues plus warmer temperatures may not mesh well at first thought; however, when one considers the ample wearability plus effortless sophistication of the pieces, black becomes a winning color choice no matter the season. "Black pieces are well-represented in my closet, and there's something powerful yet timeless about building an outfit around the shade," shares Olivia. "For starters, I find that pairing my black blouses with a flattering midi skirt allows for the tones and patterns of my accessories to be picked up really well. Since there's a refined simplicity to the look, it can be easily transitioned from day to night with the swap of a clutch or heel." 

The trick to wearing black now through autumn? Opt for breathable, silky fabrics—like those offered via the Olivia Palermo Collection—and as the weather starts to cool, wear a bootie instead of a mule or throw on a classic leather jacket. Born-and-bred New Yorkers have an unwavering penchant for the hue, but when an outfit is chicly styled and favored by our fashion authority plus iconic starlets alike (think Audrey Hepburn), it's guaranteed elegance year-round.

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