Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear: Black is the New Black

Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

Calvin Klein Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

I’ve reached the conclusion that black will forever be the most versatile color there is. There is simply not other color that can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion you are dressing for. When shopping in this economy, black pieces seem to be an increasingly smart choice. And many designers appear to be of the same opinion. Calvin Klein is no exception.

I pulled  this look from the Calvin Klein Fall 2009 ready-to-wear line.I love the idea of throwing a feminine blazer that has ruffled details over a simple, one-shoulder LBD and then completing the look with boots, as opposed to pumps, for that urban warrior vibe.

If your office environment is not all about conservative suits, I think this outfit  would be great for work; it’s sexy and sharp without being overly revealing. This type of simple black outfit outfit is also perfect if you are always dashing straight from work to a party, dinner or other event; you can just take off the blazer, throw on some funky jewelry and maybe a scarf, and you’re ready.

Limited Edition Wandrous Velvet Dress ($31.99, Target) Gathered Suede High Heel Boot ($31.99, www.gojane.com) Ruffle Collar Blazer ($29, Forever21)

Limited Edition Wandrous Velvet Dress ($31.99, Target)

Gathered Suede High Heel Boot ($31.99, www.gojane.com)

Ruffle Collar Blazer ($29, Forever21)

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You Don’t Have to Live in the City to Look Like Erin Lucas

Erin Lucas

Erin Lucas

For those who do not spend hours and hours glued to the latest and greatest of the never ending reality tv shows like yours truly, Erin Lucas is one of Whitney Port’s pals on MTV’s The City.

I wasn’t too crazy about some of her boho chic-ish outfit choices on the show, but her stunning take on the LBD in this photo immediately caught my attention.

Nude or tan colored shoes can be tricky, so better to wear them with contrasting colors such as black in order to avoid that bland, washed out effect. It looks like Erin is wearing the Very Prive Patent Tan Peep Toe shoe from none other than Mr. Christian Louboutin. I have to admit finding a lookalike pump in that exact hue is difficult. But with so many shoes available in various shades of tan right now, you can get pretty close.

Erin keeps the accessories to a minimum, sticking with one statement ring. We approve.

Ruched Front Knit Dress ($27.80, Forever21)

Ruched Front Knit Dress ($27.80, Forever21)

Mandy Burst Ring ($4.80, Forever21)

Mandy Burst Ring ($4.80, Forever21)

Enzo Angiolini Murray ($98.85, Zappos)

Enzo Angiolini Murray ($98.85, Zappos)

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StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4


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