Every “It” girl knows that there will never truly be a new black when it comes to a new “it” color. It is the most basic and chic color to center an outfit around and creates an instant backdrop to add pops of color or cool accessories. Most people think that Cali girls are all about bright colors and fun prints and East Coast girls are all about simplicity and black, but I saw this Fashionista, an L.A. native, heading to pick up a package in an almost entirely all black ensemble. While black is the most basic route an outfit can go, her outfit was anything but simple. Although almost every piece of the outfit was black, except for her cuffed gray jeans (which are great for any season) and brown bag, each item had a distinct feature that made it unique (check out her leather jacket with the quilted sleeves and jeans with the intricate seaming!). She showed us why it’s always cool to go back to black.

Name: Cassandra Jolton

Major: Communication, Minor: Business

Year: Freshmen

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?

Cassandra Jolton: All Saints Spitalfields leather jacket, James Perse shirt, Current Elliot jeans, Tory Burch flats, Minnie Rose scarf, Ray-Ban glasses, Sydney Evan “love” ring.

CF: What is a staple in your wardrobe?

CJ: I love great jackets and my leather jacket is definitely one of my go-to items. I can use jackets to either dress an outfit up or down, but either way it adds a little something to jeans or a black dress. My favorite place to shop for leather jackets is definitely All Saints Spitalfields because they have a great variety with unique details that make a regular leather jacket somewhat edgy.

CF: How has your style transitioned from West to East Coast?

CJ: The most significant difference in my outfits now, having moved from L.A. to D.C., is layering. My biggest accessory obsession for this season is scarves! I love adding a little something extra to my relatively all black closet with a printed or colorful scarf. It's a great way to top off the layering while also giving the outfit a chic, more put-together look.

How To: To get a look like this Fashionista, start with black! It’s the perfect foundation for any outfit and you can totally make it your own. Find a pair of jeans within the same color scheme (like gray) that have an interesting and different touch to them. Top it off with an awesome leather jacket and pile on delicate jewelry to make it more edgy and funky, sunglasses and a scarf.

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