Far from Basic Black

Not quite fall, but clearly no longer summer; if ever there was an angst-inducing season for fashion, it’s that tricky transitional time. Ditch the wardrobe anxiety attacks with these go-to pieces in black and white.

1. A black v-neck cashmere sweater in a just-right weight from Helmut Lang; available at com.

2. A skinny jean in a dark wash works equally well for casual evening gatherings as it does a quick lunch; J. Brand’s Carolina jean available at Barneys.com.

3. Throw a cashmere poncho over a tee for an easily-ditched layer as the day warms up; from Tomas Maier at Barneys.com.

4. There is no wrong season for the Vitello Daino from Prada; available at Neiman Marcus.

5. Gucci’s New Jordaan velvet loafer is a slightly masculine take that women will wear daily; available at Neiman Marcus.

6. Swap out a basic button-down for the Tuxedo Tie-Front Blouse from J. Peterman for polished perfection.

7. The Wing Cuff by Elsa Peretti is minimal enough for daytime yet hefty enough to make a statement for evening soirees; from Tiffany.

All photos via respective websites.

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