Back to Black

There was a moment this summer when we felt like we were witnessing a whiteout. Snowy shades were all the rage, as celebrity after celebrity milked this look at every red carpet event around. If you've never cottoned to the season's delight in white-too preppy, too precious-today's look we love is for you.

Clearly we're not breaking any news with this story. That said, we think the basic black outfits shown here are worthy of noting. Nicole Richie's Moschino sheath is perfection personified (we love her Chloe "Heloise" bag and trademark Loubi heels too). We like the loose silhouette, short hemline, and neckline embellishment of Jennifer Lopez's Lanvin dress from S/S 07. A casual variation of this look can be seen on Helena Christensen and Sienna Miller. They've both been recently spotted in New York with brown belts cinched over their dark dresses.

It is our firm belief that you can't have too many black dresses (and if you do, those are high-class problems). We've got a couple to tempt you, like the flutter sleeved, black silk dress by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent pictured above ($235, Another option is American Apparel's Sheer Rib Loose Sleeveless Dress, which can be easily dressed up or down ($32, Wear either with Forever 21's tan Rodeo Belt for that Helena/Sienna vibe ($12.80 on sale,

Photo of Sienna, courtesy of Pacific Coast News
Photo of JLo, courtesty of INFGoff
Photo of Nicole, courtesy of Splash News