Tough Enough


img_7244Jersey City is a hub of construction — new buildings or brownstone rehabs seem to be on every other block. I thought the rough hewn look of this almost finished condo was the perfect backdrop for this post. While I love all the individual pieces in this outfit, I wasn’t sure about the total effect. But on second look, I’m pretty happy with the combo. It’s a mostly black palette with the pop of red plaid and leopard. And red lipstick! Which I probably dare to wear once a year.


A trio of must-have pieces are the foundation, not just for this one look but for your entire wardrobe: black leather moto jacket, black cashmere turtleneck and a black boots — in this case with a bit of “combat” attitude. (To be honest I also have OTK black boots and 5 pairs of black booties, too.) The red plaid slip dress was just an easy, versatile silhouette. I love animal patterns and monogramming, and this needlepoint clutch combines both!

Jacket: (YSL, old) but this year’s version here and much more affordable options here and here

Dress: (Zara, old)  Similar here and here

Turtleneck: Kit & Ace (a truly indispensable wardrobe staple)

Boots: (old, Cara Delevigne for DKNY) but just bought these (on sale!) and these are the ones that started the whole trend

Clutch: (old, Clever Carriage Company) Similar here and here

All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert

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