Best Black Clothes and Accessories

It’s slimming and classic and great at hiding stains. And, with Halloween right around the corner, it’s seasonal, too. Yep, black is the new black, but it’s anything but boring. Check out this fashion black out with 20 styles that are so cool, it's scary.

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Dress You Up

Is it possible to have too many LBDs hanging in your closet? We say no. This sexy viscose jersey number has three-quarter sleeves and a flattering lantern skirt. So chic.


Eileen Fisher Lantern dress, $188,

Eileen Fisher

Shady Lady

You’ll want to wear your sunglasses at night, as well as during the day, when they’re classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Think Tom Cruise in Risky Business. Think Jake and Elwood Blues. Think Miami Vice, Madonna and Debbie Harry. Classic never looked so cool.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, $139,

Lend a Hand

When the weather turns chilly, give yourself a hand and reach for a beautiful pair of black gloves. We love the longer length on this wool style and the ruching that gives it a unique touch.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren gloves, $39.50,

Lord & Taylor

Good Jeans

No denim wardrobe is complete without a great-fitting pair of black jeans. Just right for fall, this style features soft, sueded denim and a figure-flattering boot cut and higher rise.


Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Sarah boot cut, $110,

To the Brim

A classic black fedora is a must for fall. This wool topper gets a touch of softness thanks to a grosgrain ribbon -- a little bit gangster, a whole lot glam.

J.Crew wool fedora, $49.50,


Poncho Power

What’s easier -- and chicer -- than throwing on a great poncho? It amps up your style quotient while still giving off a vibe that’s casual-cool. Wear it with jeans for day, leather leggings at night. Perfection.


DKNY Pure poncho, $525,

Neiman Marcus

Wrap Party

A black scarf is so obvious. But a black snood – that’s part scarf, part hood – now, that’s not only unexpected, but incredibly stylish.

Top Shop zigzag-knit snood, $32,

Top Shop

Sweater Weather

If you thought black sweaters were simply basics, you haven’t seen this sassy striped number. Soft cashmere and wide stripes make it a standout. Expect to wear this sweater with leggings, with jeans, with a long skirt, with a suit. Basic? OK, maybe. But boring? Never.


Vince cashmere feather sweater, $275,

Body Bag

You can never have too many black bags, so go ahead and add this one to your arsenal. It’s small size and cross-body strap make it perfect for concerts, football games, pumpkin patches or other activities when you want to be hands-free.

UGG Australia mini cross-body bag, $165,


Tuxedo Time

Not sure what to wear to all the holiday soirees that will soon be filling up your calendar? We have two words: Tuxedo. Pants. They’re classic, cool and work for just about any type of party. Plus, the leather trim on this style gives just a touch of tough-girl cool. Party on!


Tibi tuxedo pants, $297,


Bird is the Word

Kinda creepy, but also really, really cool, this cocktail ring featuring a square onyx and sterling silver claws will have fashion-forward women flocking together like birds of a feather. Hello, Halloween!

Elizabeth and James Bird Claw ring, $150,

Saks Fifth Avenue

In the Trenches

If it’s been a while since you splurged on a new fall jacket, the time to act is now. This trench has just a touch of military feel, is water-repellant and is so versatile, you’ll wear it rain, sun or snow.


White House Black Market Trapunto trench, $188,

White House Black Market

Black Dahlia

Faux black flowers are mysterious and stunning when arranged in this statement-making necklace that will fancy up a simple T-shirt or help set off a black-tie gown.

Kate Spade New York Black & White Ball necklace, $165,


Ski Bunny

For some, fall means one thing: first snowfall. If you hear the word “powder” and get an instant itch to pull out your skis or board, you’ll love this biker-inspired ski jacket. It doesn't matter if you wear it on the slopes or après ski, you’ll be the most styling woman on the mountain.

Adidas by Stella McCartney ski jacket, $450,


Watch It!

If you prefer to keep your accessories simple, it’s hard to go wrong with a fashion watch. The pendant on this bow band is pretty, flirty and fun. Now you know what to wear for your holiday parties.

Accessorize bow watch, $60.37,



Long and Lean

Maxi skirts are holding on strong when it comes to top fall trends and we are totally digging this long, softly pleated number. But here’s the best part: It’s a little shorter in front, so you still get the maxi feel, but also get to show off your cutest shoes, boots and tights. Score!

Loveappella Hi-Low maxi skirt, $64,

Shake Your Bootie

Two of the seasons’ favorite shoe styles are stiletto booties and menswear-inspired oxfords. Put them together and you have one sexy, no-nonsense and fabulous piece of footwear. This pair gets extra credit for featuring patent leather, ribbon laces and a peek-a-boo leather underlay. Bootie-licious.

Kate Spade Kake oxford bootie, $325,

Black Beauty

We all have a crisp white blouse in our wardrobe rotation, but if you don’t have a black version to mix in, it’s time to get shopping. Like its name, this style is totally effortless – and totally chic.


Chico’s Effortless Lynette shirt, $69,  


What a Softie

Warning: This T-shirt is going to require a lot of laundry time, because you’ll want to wear it practically every day. The super-soft crewneck comes with a detachable scarf, making it fall’s freshest crop.


Banana Republic scarf tee, $54.50,

Banana Republic

She’s Got Legs

Sweater tights are oh-so cozy for chilly days and nights and this pair has a touch of cashmere, making them soft and not at all scratchy. Now, that’s something to fall for.

Nordstrom, Love tights, $28,


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First Published September 28, 2011

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Mary Roberts10.31.2011

These styles are great, but how about you featuring styles for real people? I mean $500 for one of the items is my clothing budget for the whole year. Love the mag and all the great info, just keep these sytles down to earth for the working woman like me. Thanks, Moongal :o)

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